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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:10 AM

Do you think it's a coincidence that the sermon at Church was all gloom and doom,

coming on the heels of an Obama win? End of the world sermon today, according to someone who went to church.

They said the priest said that there was no way to know exactly when the end of the world was coming, but according to the Mayans, blah, blah, blah. They all said that we're seeing the stages. i.e. changing weather patterns.

Usually, when this happens, the same sermon gets spread across church denominations. This one was Catholic. What is everyone else hearing?

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Reply Do you think it's a coincidence that the sermon at Church was all gloom and doom, (Original post)
Baitball Blogger Nov 2012 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2012 #1
PATRICK Nov 2012 #2
bulloney Nov 2012 #3
Protalker Nov 2012 #4
liberal N proud Nov 2012 #5
monmouth3 Nov 2012 #6
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2012 #7
Baitball Blogger Nov 2012 #9
cbayer Nov 2012 #8
Baitball Blogger Nov 2012 #10
FightingIrish Nov 2012 #11
MineralMan Nov 2012 #12

Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:17 AM

1. Not a thing.

But then, I avoid church like the plague.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:18 AM

2. Maybe a little joking

hint you might report the priest's fascination with pagan prophecy to the king of doctrinal purity, Pope Benedict might reflect back some of that heat. While only ideologists within a certain region or segment of the RCC might get on these weird emotional talking points it might somewhat infect everyone because...

By the liturgical calendar it is close to the beginning of Advent when eschatology is the opening and strongest negative theme/hopeful looking to the future preceding the celebration of the birth of the Redeemer. It just might be those Winter Solstice blues, an annual irrational anxiety that is drawn out in comparison to solar eclipse panic which seems not to affect anyone anymore. Non church-goers may not realize how much the Christian Church services focus on the end times during Advent.

Anyhow, maybe the GOP would like to move the election now out of hurricane season if the growing natural climate disasters are too politically ambiguous for their message control. They do like the end of the year psychology though.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:18 AM

3. I heard the same thing at my church. It coincided with the one of the readings at mass

about not knowing when the world ends. I don't think it was timed with the elections, although I was getting pretty ticked at how our church had been getting increasingly political up to the elections.

For several months before the elections, our church had a "men's prayer service" every Monday night to pray "for religious freedom" in retaliation to the passage of ACA. My friends and I affectionately called the events "The Republican Men's Club Bitch Sessions."

Funny how these guys never felt compelled to hold similar events in response to our illegal invasion of Iraq, or the fact that we had a president (Bush) who signed off on more executions than any governor in the country at the time, or a number of other social issues that the RCC had positions on that went against Republican dogma. NO, it has to be on the ACA or abortion. Or if you can squeeze both into one event--better yet!!

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:21 AM

4. An ecumenical observation

Odd use of history considering the Conquistador treatment of conquered New World nations.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:22 AM

5. This sort of politcing is why I stopped going to church.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:22 AM

6. We need more money...n/t

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:25 AM

7. It has to do with the liturgical calendar.

One of the scriptures designated for today is from the Book of Daniel and has to do with the end of the world. It's just the normal reading in the Catholic/Episcopal liturgical year. It's nothing to do with elections, would be the same every year.

I avoid church these days but have had plenty of exposure to it.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:35 AM

9. I read that, "Book of Denial."

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:26 AM

8. Different denominations embrace different politics and different churches

within denominations also embrace different politics.

I can assure you that there were many, many churches who were celebrating like it was easter today, but there were also those who felt like it was the end of the world.

A Catholic priest was talking about the Mayan end of the world prophecies? Now, that is one bizarro church, and probably represents nothing.

Sermons are generally not shared across churches. Don't know where you got that idea. While there may be a theme that is shared, sermons are generally individualized.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:36 AM

10. Back in the "W" years, there was anecdotal evidence of astroturfing going on.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:47 AM

11. The world can't end until after January 9, 2013

Because Notre Dame is going to be playing for the BCS championship.

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Response to FightingIrish (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 11:53 AM

12. That could happen. However, I was hoping for Nebraska v. Notre Dame

in the Rose Bowl. We shall see.

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