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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:52 PM
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Been listening to Malloy "bash" catholics
and you know what? Their issues wiht children probably started at the Nicean Council... for sure at the Lateran Council

they will not be solved until they allow their priests to marry. By the way, been writing a sci fi book for the roleplaying game, and you know what I will share the bit I found on this... and inserted into the book... and you guys can judge for yourselves...

The first Apostles married and had children but this was rarely taught to the faithful. The Council of Elvira in 306 was the first time where celibacy was sug-gested by Church leaders. In 325 the Ni-cean creed mandated that priests could not be married after initiation, and in 352 the Council of Laodicea forbade the ordi-nation of women. All these rules were formalized at the Lateran Council in 1123. Nothing else happened regarding marriage or celibacy until the Church faced several scandals at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:55 PM
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1. So so called imposed celibacy causes child abuse.....yeah, sure.
What do you know about these priests? Do you presume that they don't/didn't have adult sex?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:01 PM
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2. Teh percentage of priests that abuse children is
higher in the catholic church than in faiths that allow in some cases demand, their priests marry. The solution is simple, but one that by tradition will be almost imposible to force them into, unless they continue to have atracting people into the priesthood.

The statistics are out there for those who wish to search for them. But this did not start yesterday
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:06 PM
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4. Really. Ok, it so happens I know all that. But that still doesn't prove that marriage
ends child abuse. And you still don't know anything about the sex lives of these priests beyond what's printed in the press and elsewhere. They can all marry as far as I'm concerned but that won't stop abuse. Its not about the sex, its about the power they derive from knocking around the kids and youth combined with an outrageous sense of entitlement.

The church doesn't care about solutions to the problems of child abuse within their ranks. They care about the negative PR and money. That's it. The rest is all lip service, even among themselves.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:02 PM
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48. It goes back to at least the 17th century
when even the Papacy got involved with documents stipulating how the clergy should behave

Moreover, the celibacy rule was written for inheritance reasons, not religious ones
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 05:59 PM
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54. Property ownership was only one part of the origins of celibacy
You should check out author, David Rice, for a full explanation. Celibacy actually began as a way to assure purity during pagan rituals.

Author Rice presents a comprehensive historical look at celibacy in his book about resigned priests entitled, "Shattered Vows". Rice credits Catholic theologian Edward Schillebeeckx in "The Church with a Human Face" with asserting that clerical celibacy originated in "a partly pagan notion of ritual purity,". At the Council of Nicaea in 325, a proposal to require celibacy for all priests was defeated and at the Council of Trullo in 692, marriage rights for priests were reasserted. (Rice page 161.)

Schillebeeckx says that, first in the fourth century came a law that forbade a married priest from having sexual intercourse the night before celebrating the Eucharist. However, when the Western Church began celebrating a daily mass, abstinence became a permanent factor for married priests.

"At the origin of the law of abstinence, and later the law of celibacy," said Schillebeeckx, "we find an antiquated anthropology and ancient view of sexuality." (ibid) Rice follows with a quotation from St. Jerome which expressed the views of both pagans and Christians at the time that, "All sexual intercourse is impure."

Because the resulting implication of a priest living with his wife like a brother led many priests into "deplorable situations," in 1139, the Second Lateran Council forbade the marriage of priests altogether and declared all existing marriages involving priests null and void.

"One does not approach the alter and consecrated vessels with soiled hands," had been the pagan view and then became the cornerstone for compulsory Christian celibacy. (ibid) Other not-necessarily concurrent or chronological developments also contributed to the establishment of the celibacy requirement for catholic priests. More bishops began to be chosen from the ranks of monks who had already taken monastic vows of chastity. Another factor was an economic development as the Church began acquiring his own property. According to Rice, there was a real danger that legitimate children of priests could inherit and deprive the Church of its land. At the time, common law prevented illegitimate children from inheriting property.

Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologia II-IIa, 88, 11)opposed the idea that celibacy rulings should be considered as a part of divine law. Aquinas contended that the celibacy requirement for Catholic priests was merely Church law that could be reversed by any time by papal or conciliar authority.

When the Reformation indirectly brought forth the Council of Trent in the mid 1500's, the Roman Catholic Church reformed itself and remodeled the priesthood to its present form.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 06:05 PM
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55. Yes, but the premiere reason given at Elvira and
later the Latern Council WAS land, and land ownership due to the pesky inheritance rules in the middle ages

They could not afford to have the son of the Cardinal inherit the land over which the Cathedral stood, and that was their primary concern.

Everything else was used to sell it to the people.

Ironically it has created OTHER problems for the church over the centuries that have led to economic damage.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 06:11 PM
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57. Well I think its a little like the * admin. You had the purity at all costs types who
advocated the 'divinity' of celibacy (repub's patriotism at all costs) vs. the 'hold everything, this church is taking off and land and money are now at stake' types (the neocon's who lie through their teeth).

No way they will repeal any of it now.
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mentalsolstice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:51 PM
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22. Two reasons why the Church attract pedophiles
1. The priesthood allows close contact with children and adolescents
2. Many pedophiles hope that the celibacy requirement will put an end to there urges.

So yese, celibacy has something to do with it, yet allowing marriage isn't the answer, because reason #1 is still a factor.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:54 PM
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25. You forgot the third. They don't consider sex with a male as a violation of celibacy.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:29 AM
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45. And a fourth
Many gay men found sanction in the Church after being rejected by secular society.

And pedophiles saw it as an opportunity to pursue their prey.

(And no, I'm not equating the two)
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 08:44 AM
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47. Agree
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:04 PM
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3. How will getting married stop pedophilia ?


or did you mean something else by "their issues with children"?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:03 PM
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49. It will reduce it, it will not stop it
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:07 PM
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5. There's more scholarship in an ad for Rosicrucians than in that post.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:04 PM
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50. really, offer a counter then
or are you telling me that the Council of Nicea and the Lateran council did not deal with this issue and forbid marroage?

That comes as a surprise to me
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:07 PM
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6. almost a payout of over 3/4 of a billion dollars.
http://www.cephasministry.com/catholic_vaticans_billion...

http://www.cephasministry.com/catholic_vaticans_billion...

Just change the number in the html.
for chapter.


renton, N.J. Under a new law designed to protect minors, local police departments will now be required to inform residents any time a known Roman Catholic church moves into their neighborhood.


New Jersey State Senate debating Egan's Law
The law also mandates that Catholic churches register with authorities, wear electronic monitoring devices, and be prohibited from moving to within a half-mile radius of a school.

A follow-up to Megan's Law, enacted by New Jersey in 1994, the so-called "Egan's Law" is named for Cardinal Edward Egan of New York and Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, who are both accused of covering up sexual abuse by priests under their authority. Like Megan's Law, Egan's Law is expected to spread quickly to other states, but for parents in towns across New Jersey, it's on the books none too soon.

"Last year, we discovered that a Catholic Church had been in our neighborhood for 30 years! And nobody told us!" said Ruth Harper of Redbrook, N.J. "My sons used to walk by that church every day on their way to school. Even now I shudder to think of what might have happened."

"I always told my kids to steer clear of that place," added neighbor Scott Carlyle. "But that's because there were a lot of strange people going in and out at odd hours, even at midnight on Saturdays. I was worried it was some kind of druggie hangout.

"To think the whole time it was a Roman Catholic Church. Now I know why they had all those stained glass windows . so nobody could look in."

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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:23 AM
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40. if the payout had been $666,000 the church would go up in flames! poof!
(instead it's only $660,000)
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:08 PM
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7. Pedophilia has nothing to do with either ..
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 11:16 PM by Maat
sexual frustration or sexual orientation. Pedophilia has to do with the perpetrator having experienced violence and ritualistic abuse as child. That is what I learned from experience as a social worker, and it is backed up by studies.

When will people get that?

The reason that there are so many pedophiles in the Church is because of the opportunity for the pedophile to be alone with and victimize the child, or youngster.

(Technically, if an adolescent that is involved, it is not 'pedophilia;' it is 'pederasty,' for example.)

But, right now, is it not true that married men can become priests, and still stay married? I believe the church honors that; and yet, vast numbers of people aren't willing to become priests.

Catholic parents need to insist on safeguards, and preclude these kids from being alone with any church representative; that would be good for the church rep as well as the kid. The Hierarchy needs to support that.

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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:19 PM
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10. I would like to know what study purports that all pedophiles have exp. ritual abuse. Please comment.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:27 PM
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13. Well, I'll try and find a study that shows that the vast majority of perpetrators ..
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 11:33 PM by Maat
have been sexually abused themselves.

The abuse tends to have been ongoing and sickeningly repetitive in its nature ('ritualistic' or having a 'ritualistic quality').

Does that sound better?

I handled thousands of cases, and, frankly, never met a perpetrator that had not been systematically abused themselves as a child.

Hang on.

On edit:
"Two-thirds of sex offenders in prisons victimized a child." I would say that the other third just aren't admitting it.
http://www.prevent-abuse-now.com/stats.htm

I do think that you and I agree that the Church permitting marriage will not solve the problem - not permitting church reps to be alone with a child (not their own) will solve the problem (not allowing the pedophile opportunity). That's what I am saying.

Frankly, after my experiences, if people are wise, they won't allow themselves to be alone with any child that is not their own. That prevents false accusations.
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Exultant Democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:43 PM
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19. In most cases, Catholic priest start as Catholic children.n/t
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:47 PM
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21. It has been shown that much of the abuse of males occurred in seminaries.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:28 AM
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44. Yes ...
it makes one wonder what they went through.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:46 PM
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20. The church is full of shit. THAT I am sure of. As far as the defining characteristics of
what is ritualized abuse vs. what is your garden variety in the home screw the kids type---lots of roads to hell. I am aware that studies, good studies, are rare for both victims and perp's, however you want to call it. Violence is a running theme in the lives of the perp's, sex abuse of any kind is a close second but I had not read that all or most perp's had been abused in a ritualized manner.

Nothing really prevents false accusations as some abused kids will target someone who is not their abuser. Hopefully an alibi rescues anyone erroneously accused.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:54 PM
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26. Perhaps we just disagree on what the definition of
'ritualistic' abuse is. I'll just call it 'systematic abuse' or 'habitual abuse with certain ongoing features,' or whatever.

Rape and sexual abuse is violence; it's assault and battery. It's never non-violent (there's always a degree of it, and the threat of it).

In investigating thousands of cases of alleged abuse, I came across false accusations very rarely. It's just not something the actual victim lies about, generally.

Just my two cents' worth.

The point is that the only way to prevent this type of abuse is to make it a policy not to have church staff (of any church or temple) be alone with anyone under the age of 18. Each staff member needs another adult there - when teaching or whatever.

What's so bad about that message?
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:02 AM
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30. There's nothing wrong with your message beyond the fact that the victims of
ritualized abuse will probably disagree with your broad brush. For many, identity is a huge issue and identification with having been ritualistically abused in or out of a cult is important to them.

Since you sound fairly knowledgeable about the subject, you'll also know that most "truth" about abuse is an ongoing process even into adulthood. Our society continues to sanction it whether accusations are deemed true or false.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:24 AM
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41. Whatever.
I'm not trying to minimize one experience over another. Every experience is tragic to the victim involved. To suggest that one type of victim suffers more than another - well, that's an exercise I won't indulge in.

There is no 'garden variety' abuse; every victim suffers; and, I don't bother to give the suffering a number on a score of 1 to 10. I just see to it that the victim gets help, and advise people about preventative steps.

Your nitpicking with me is irrevelant to the central point - the perpetrator is not just a sexually frustrated person or a person with a certain sexual orientation; there is an overwhelming chance that the perpetrator was abused as a child himself - systematically and repetitively.

The Church can take steps to prevent it; that's the point.

I never denigrated a victim; you read that into it.

Now, this discussion is ended. Have a nice night!
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 08:43 AM
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46. Having reread my posts, I'm having difficulty seeing how I have "denigrated" your views.
Nor do I think that your comments have denigrated victims. Rather adding to our discussion with knowledge I have to give. If that's nitpicking its news to me.
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Hawaii Hiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:08 AM
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32. Well, the catholics will just blame Boston liberalism like Rick Santorum tried to do:
This excerpt was from the Philadelphia Inquirer last Oct. in its endorsement of Bob Casey over Rick Santorum...


"He bears responsibility for mixing the toxic elixir that poisoned the Republican-led Congress with lobbying scandals. Santorum led a relentless, heavy-handed effort to install only Republicans in top lobbying jobs."

"He linked a priest sex-abuse scandal to Boston liberalism; scolded moms for working if they don't need to; and seemed to equate homosexuality with "man on dog" sex. He is the annoyed visage of the culture wars."

"Santorum was head salesman for Bush's wrong-headed plan to privatize Social Security. He tolerates huge budget deficits."

"A Philadelphia charity founded by Santorum has blurred the lines between charitable giving, federal grants and political campaign operations."
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:27 AM
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43. Anyone who blames liberalism is such a complete idiot (n/t)!
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:13 PM
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8. Man... That Just One Of The Reasons I'm Not Catholic...
Sounds like a lotta work.

:evilgrin:
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:13 PM
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9. I think the issue is mental retardation due to social isolation/ stunted emotional maturity nt
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:20 PM
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11. On average, priests complete 4 years of college+masters level theology
hardly a case for mental retardation.
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:28 PM
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16. OK forgive me I was basing my info on a stereotype I guess
of growing up in a monastery?
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:40 PM
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18. Your forgiven. Besides you'd think that anybody with that much education
could think of something better to do in life than bugger kids. Lots of man-youth sex in monasteries and seminaries too tho'.
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spoony Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 01:47 PM
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52. Monasteries were originally schools.
You'd be rather lucky in the middle ages to grow up in a monastery.
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:21 PM
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12. Novak just said Catholism is the true religion and he is a Jew.
in an interview in the NY times.
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:28 PM
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Nofacts converted to Catholicism. He also supports the Opus Dei
faction of the church along with Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Nuff said, IMHO....
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:55 PM
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27. Novak is a bona fide liar whose only faith is in himself.
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:22 AM
Response to Reply #27
39. Novak was the Worst Person in the World today.
for allowing Rove to "play him like a $2 banjo".

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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:27 PM
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14. I had priests stay in our cabin house in Colorado which was an old
Catholic rectory................they burned the carpet with candles.

These were initiates, something is terribly a miss
but as a member of the mafia or a mafia.


Persecution is profitable.
philosophy is not
that is why I choose to take the hemlock.
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Peregrine Took Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:28 PM
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15. I believe its the one true faith but there is much frailty among its hierarchy.
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:32 PM
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17. "One true faith" ???
No wonder the true believers of all stripes think they can get a pass, whatever their crimes.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:53 PM
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24. Original spin.
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:58 PM
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29. Huzza, huzza, huzza! Dispensations Here! Come one, Come all!
Join the Club of the True Believers and get a free pass!
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:13 AM
Response to Reply #29
35. OK will God forgive me if I call this poster a.........
the mods won't.......but, OK,

a Hypocrite asshole that can not defend that shit?
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:27 AM
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42. Definitely. Just give 10% of your income to the certified representative
of the "one true faith" and you will get the free pass. After all, money talks.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:52 PM
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23. Frailty????? You call hiding the abuse of kids throughout the world frailty?
Known gropers and rapists? The Bishops are oh so frail and they can't get their frickin' asses together enough to turn these bastards in? They can't wait to proclaim themselves martyrs but they're too frail to face up to what they have done without humongous effort on the part of the very people they have hurt?

Utterly ridiculous. They are a club of pampered elitists who would sell their mothers to get to the top of the heap as surely as any CEO in America.
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:11 AM
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33. Define.....true.... then define faith please?
And then "the one true faith"
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 06:09 PM
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56. "one true faith"
:rofl:

It's always hilarious when one group thinks their little set of delusions are true and everybody' else's delusions are wrong. Well, it's hilarious until there is an Inquisition or a suicide bombing...

ALL religion is based on superstition, irrationality and suspension of reason.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 06:16 PM
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58. The true spirit of God is inclusive, not exclusive
so the claim to be the one true faith is precisely where it fails.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:57 PM
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28. Perhaps, but men have been buggering children for millennia.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:12 AM
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34. You're right. This isn't a Catholic thing, it's a power trip
even if the Catholic Church has managed to make it look like their province.

This is about how we take care of children.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:15 AM
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36. Yeah, they've done a bang-up job of cornering the market.
Btw, I'm hoping to see a Kurovski/Wetzelbill ticket. :D


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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:19 AM
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38. Me, too! I'm Chair of the Fax Machine!
lol

:hi:
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Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:06 AM
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31. Mike WAS NOT Bashing Catholics!
He WAS Bashing the HIERARCHY of the church

He was NOT Bashing the followers.

Big Difference
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 04:35 PM
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53. That is why I used quotation marks
Edited on Tue Jul-17-07 04:37 PM by nadinbrzezinski
There are many who cannot tell the difference... and we both know it... you did hear the caller that told him that he WAS bashing them, didn't you?
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:19 AM
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37. Council of Elvira?


I don't think it was THIS Elvira who suggested celibacy.
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verse18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 12:10 PM
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51. A joke from my cousin
New Priests

Twelve priests were about to be ordained.

The final test was for them to line up in a straight row, totally nude, in a garden while a sexy, beautiful, big-breasted, nude model danced before them.

Each priest had a small bell attached to his willy and they were told that any priest whose bell rang, when she danced in front of him, would not be ordained because he had not reached a state of spiritual purity.

The beautiful model danced before the first candidate, with no reaction.

She proceeded down the line with the same response from all the priests until she got to the final priest. As she danced, his bell began to ring so violently that it flew off, clattering across the ground and laid to rest in nearby foliage.

Embarrassed, the priest quickly scrambled to where the bell came to rest. He bent over to pick it up......

Then all the other bells started to ring....
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