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Much Hope in Pope

Francis97 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 8:36 AM
"Catholics" like the Cuomos make this reader feel a little sick. While they have a right to their opinion, they should not call themselves "Catholic" and support a party whose platform is abortion on demand.
Chris3668 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 1:13 PM
Can you imagine the headlines if the Cuomo's are ex-cummuncated from the church? It is hard to follow the teachings of Christ, and so easy to bend faith to fit your political agenda. Just like the Kennedy's, faith is taking a backseat to politics. We all can see where their faith fits in their life's priorities.
Chris3668 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 1:13 PM
ReddestNeck Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 10:05 AM
Roman Catholicism can be so complex that hell can easily hide in the rococo details (however well they may be meant) and proclaim, all bedecked and bejeweled, that it's a loyal member of the Christian church. As a fighting fundie I do insist on telling the world that coming to salvation in Christ Jesus and living in it is not as complex as some churches make it out to be, and the simple plan makes it much easier to see the devil when he tries to hide in the details.
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 5:46 PM

Jesus is Who proclaimed His New Covenant with the Father. The New Covenant sealed in His blood and alive, at work in the Catholic Church. Just as His Almighty Father's Old Covenant with the chosen people was in force up to the coming of His Son, the Old One had its Passover Lamb; its religious obligations and its Law. It was complicated because God is NOT a superficial God; He is a demanding Father and a God for all eternity.

dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 5:56 PM

We are a wealthy Church but not merely in jewelry art and golden vessels. Wealthy in redeemed SOULS; and a wealth of saints and martyrs.

Whatever has accumulated over centuries was never stolen; as men rip off treasures. Not spoils of war, but lavish donations and offerings. Made by the rich and poor; all for the immense glory of God; not for our priests.

Note how no pope ever auctions off the art and treasure. He can't; it belongs to Our Lord the King of Kings. So do the huge cathedrals, the great altars, fixtures and libraries. They're all CHRIST'S. Is it too much to offer the Lord who delivers us from sin? Who shed His precious blood for mankind.

Rome -- "May God forgive you." That's Cardinal Timothy Dolan's translation of a joke that Pope Francis told the College of Cardinals a day after being elected the 267th pontiff.

Having watched the prayerful mien of some of the cardinals going into the papal conclave that would elect Argentinean Jorge Mario Bergoglio pope, I have reason to believe that God had something to do with Papa Francisco, as the Romans call their bishop.

Others, of course, see it otherwise.

"I don't think he's what we need right now in the Catholic Church," Madeline Cuomo, the sister of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told Crain's...