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A Catholic Pope, Revisited

ccahir Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 3:01 PM
I've heard many in the media say-- "for the Roman Catholics that left the church" -- how about the Roman Catholic Church that abandonded the faithful? I stopped attending mass, not because I no believed in the faith of my fathers, I stopped going because my donations were paying restitution to families and victims of priest rapes. The priest says, go and sin no more -- yet they hold the blessed sacrement in their hands, the same hands used to molest children. I'm praying Pope Frances I restores the Catholic Church to its true faith and beliefs, so that I can once again worship in peace.
ClassicalTeacher Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 9:44 PM
So, you think that the Catholic Church which has been around for over 2,000 years and her teachings around that long as well, should all of a sudden abandon those 2,000 years of tradition and teachings, for some little pompous squirt who thinks she/he knows better, to take your definition of its "true faith and beliefs" just because you seem to thin you're right? People like you are totally ignorant of Church history and principles.
ClassicalTeacher Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 9:38 PM
No one in the Catholic Church is tying anyone down to stay in the Church. The door is always open and swings both ways. If you cannot abide by the teachings of the Church, then, by all means, leave and find one that suits your beliefs. It doesn't matter if milions leave the Church--that is no indication of whether the Catholic Church is or isn't what she claims to be. I would remain a faithful Catholic if I were the only one left in the Church.
Troglodite Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 8:48 PM
cc:

"I stopped going because my donations were paying restitution..." No one says that you have to contribute every time you go or even any time you go. In your case, the point of tithing would be served if you contributed to charities known to you to be worthwhile, not necessarily to the church.

"They hold the blessed sacrament in their hands, the same hands used to molest children..." ALL priests are molesters?

If you have not lost the faith of your fathers, find a church where the faith is still taught and the priest is not a flake. Try an FSSP or even an SSPX chapel and go as often as you can.
badgerpat Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 3:20 PM
I hope with all my heart that you can find peace.

By the time you read this, the world’s billion-plus Roman Catholics may have a new pope. And when the black smoke of Tuesday’s indecisive first vote has turned to the white smoke of final decision, don’t be surprised if the cardinals have chosen… a Catholic pope.

After the election of Benedict XVI in 2005, I wrote that the cardinals had correctly ignored the desires of some people to install a wimpish equivocator willing bend with the winds of compromise. I believe the cardinals will show the same wisdom in 2013.

In other words, the cardinals will choose someone...