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Pope Francis Offers Hope of Humility and Touch of Humanity to Church

Corbett_ Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 2:40 PM
We protestants recognize that there are many Christian Catholics, but this is in spite of their church rather than because of it. The RCC has added so many non-Christian and even anti-Christian elements to their religion that it is barely recognizable as Christian. They pray to (i.e., worship) saints, especially Mary. They burn offerings (i.e. candles) before graven images (i.e., saints) in most of their churches. These are essentially pagan elements that they have overlain Christianity with. But these are not the worst problems with the RCC. They also teach that Jesus' work on the cross is not enough to completely save. This is utter blasphemy. The RCC, to line its pockets, invented Purgatory. This is anti-Christian.
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 6:22 PM

And purgatory is real, not an invention. Nobody "lines pockets." I only hope that upon your death Purgatory is all that opens for you, Corbett. If anybody here is anti-Christian, it's you.

As I'm saying; Satan seduces Thumpers of your kind; he bought your soul. He hates the Catholic Church because her Founder is Jesus Christ. And he has you dancing on the end of his string.

dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 6:14 PM

Too bad, Corbett; Satan seduced you; making you insanely bigoted. You aren't a Christian at all! Christians in their right mind don't lie.

I'm Catholic. Though I have to confess I'm a sinner; I am no blasphemer. My faith does NOT include anything sinful, like "worship of saints," "burnt offerings to idols," or anything remotely pagan. You are just a liar. Lighting a candle is not a sin. Do you light candles on a birthday cake? That's a SIN!

No Catholic believes Jesus' "work" on the cross isn't what saves the ENTIRE human race since it started! We are saved by JESUS on the cross! We couldn't believe otherwise, because Catholic doctrine doesn't teach us otherwise, Dodo!

In choosing Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to become its next pope, the Catholic Church offers those of us who are a part of its membership, and the rest of the world as well, the hope of a spiritual leader who can rekindle the common touch for which Pope John Paul II was so beloved -- and perhaps rid the Church of its reputation for loving the material of this world as much, if not more, than the spiritual.

I understand that for many other denominations, the Catholic Church is viewed as not being a part of the "Christian" faith. That,...

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