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Hoping for the Real Deal in Francis I

TPBmd Wrote: Mar 15, 2013 9:26 AM
Thanks be to God, judgement of Catholics and True Christians alike is reserved for God. All Christians including those who are not Catholic should find time in prayer to love first and serve well...Jesus said to love God and love neighbor. It would be a good start on the way to the cross.
My favorite talk show host is John Batchelor, whose often expressed, playful worry is that he isn't being cynical enough. The wisest (or is it the most cynical?) among us recognize that a degree of caution is always advisable when dealing with fellow human beings, and that the world has never lacked for frauds, liars, and hypocrites.

Still, our age does seem to be more cynical than most, and with good reason. As Mark Twain said, "Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to." When I was young, I admired presidents of the United States, religious leaders, explorers, teachers, great...