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Watch for the Anti-Catholics To Weigh in on the Papal Succession

truiz73 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 12:31 PM
Catholicism is a cult, and one of the very worst. Hiding under a cloak of God's church, nothing could be further from the truth with few exceptions. And I oughta know, as my entire family tree were 'staunch' catholics who believed in purgatory, scapulars, rosaries (praying to Mary) and countless other untruths not found in the Bible, God's inerrant Word. Attempts by hordes to legitimize the church are just justified by numbers and the Bible also teaches. God is NOT impressed by the flowing robes, huge churches named after 'saints' when I found out I became one when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and left the "Holy Mother Church" to mainline God. My confessions are to Him alone instead of some poor robed guy straining under restraint
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 1:40 PM

Another clueless bigot.

His Bible is nothing special, since he understands nothing. He "accepted Jesus." Must have been rough. Like accepting small change at the ballpark with everybody shouting at him "Sit down, you fat SOB!"

scott s. Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 3:21 PM
Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
George257 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 1:32 PM
truiz, although Catholicism is not perfect as you say, it nevertheless does a lot of good in the world. Look at countries like the Philippines, where people are devoutly Catholic, kind and considerate, polite, socially very conservative, and have a very strong belief in the SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE. You won't hear the Phils congress debating about Gay Marriage. They have a party called the Liberals - but even they are really very conservative and well to the right of the Reps in the USA. I believe this is because the Catholic Church has such a hold on its people.

Then look at the most secular nominally Christian or post-Christian countries. Most of them are protestant. The UK is a good example. Protestant churches dont have the same influence
Michael160 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 2:32 PM
Actually the Phillipines just passed a law legalizing contraception, etc. The Catholic Church is livid, but their days of controlling people's lives are behind us, and Pope Benedict has resigned to that fact.
George257 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 2:50 PM
I don't think the Phils ever banned contraception. But the government don't give it away free.

When I spoke of Catholic influence I meant more things like: divorce is not allowed; abortion is not allowed; sex before marriage is not usual and if a girl does, she gets a reputation as a slu t which is damaging to her. Women do not commit adultery. (Hardly ever.) I think those are the things that matter. Families sit and have their meals together. Children are born within marriage almost always. Sometimes a couple live together before marriage, it's true, but they get married and do not swop partners.
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 1:49 PM

Pope Benedict is passing on to another his Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. See the verses in Matt 16 :18;

Peter received them from Jesus Christ. Funny how Jesus gave them to our first pope; instead of giving him a Bible! Wonder why? And where in that Bible are we told by Jesus, "Blessed are the Bible thumpers." --???

badgerpat Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 12:38 PM
I'm sorry you feel that way, and feel compelled to denigrate the sincere religious beliefs of others.
Wherewithall Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 7:15 AM
badger...Sincerity will not do much for you when you don't know or understand the truth. Muslims are sincere to Allah when their chopping off an apostates head that decide to leave their so called faith

Because the Roman Catholic Church adamantly defends life in the womb, the oldest and most infirm and the institution of marriage, it has legions of foes spread throughout major media. Those critics will surface repeatedly between now and the selection of the new pope to use the occasion to sling their stones. It is a fun time, really, since they know almost nothing of which they speak, and their agenda journalism is of so little consequence unlike the MSM's recent interventions in the presidential election.

There are very good commentators on the Church and the proceedings at the Vatican, and they...