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Predictable Pope-Smearing Ensues

PROFPUBLIUS Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 12:12 PM
Please allow me to offer a softer revision: Religious morality rooted in genuine faith has always been the most effective constraint against the tragic human tendency of individuals to engage in self-destructive and non-productive behavior--and therefore, socially destructive behavior.
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 1:14 PM

And tragically, not only are NFL ugliness and MTV television staples. Americans are subjected to helllish liberals every day on CNN, MSNBC, HBO et al. It's almost like having the devil in our living rooms all day.

dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 1:10 PM

Excuse me;

But if the Catholic Church had any way to prohibit television, our whole world would be refined and wholesome again. As it was before the world wars.

But tragically; television drives all sinful impulses at least subliminally; and it would require miracles to reform it now.

William... Carpinteria CA Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 12:48 PM
"these are the times that try men's souls"
Thomas Paine ... Common Sense, 1776
MacQ - Texas Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 12:26 PM
That's a benevolent revision indeed.
perhaps that's what egon meant.
Egonm206 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 12:21 PM
Agreed. But don't forget core human nature, evil lurks just below the surface. History is chock full of examples. Germany was a civilized nation with God fearing citizens until the Nazis took over and all it took was a Machiavellian demagogue and strong propaganda to turn them into savages. History tends to repeat itself and we are now living in very "interesting" times now, aren't we ?

I am not a Catholic, but I find the concerted efforts to smear various Popes to be disgusting and contemptible.  In the case of Pope Francis, according to the Vatican, anti-clerical left-wing outlets are trying to accuse him -- without any evidence -- of wrongdoing during the reign of a military junta from 1976-1983.  

Left-wingers in the United States responded predictably, with Michael Moore tweeting out a picture later revealed as a hoax, purportedly of Pope Francis offering communion to an Argentine dictator (to his credit, Moore issued a correction).

It should be obvious that the attacks have...