Op-Ed: Why Pope Francis gives Catholicism a new life

by Meg Storm

Can Pope Francis “save” the Catholic Church in the way the American media has endlessly discussed these last several weeks? The answer, quite simply, is no. By all accounts Francis is as conservative as his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Yesterday, TheBlaze’s Billy Hallowell reported that “on contraceptives and gay marriage, he has, in the past, taken strict, conservative stances.”

But can Pope Francis work to ensure the Catholic Church remains vibrant and relevant for years to come? The answer, quite simply, is a resounding yes. And, as a 22-year-old practicing Catholic and staunch conservative, this is a time of great hope and prayer.

It is undeniable that the state of Catholicism in the United States is troubled. From the closing of Catholic schools around the country due to of a lack of funding, to the sex-abuse scandal that has rightfully plagued the Church for the last decade, to views on homosexuality and contraception that are considered antiquated and intolerant in the more liberal society we now inhabit, the Church faces more than its fair share of challenges both in the U.S. and abroad.

National Geographic compiled remarkable data that shows just how much the demographics of the Catholic Church have changed over the past century. What was once a religion dominated by Europeans, is now an institution that finds its greatest support in Latin America and Africa.

Photo Credit: National Geographic/Alexander Stegmail, Maggie Smith, NGM Staff

On one hand, this is a major victory for not only Catholics, but Christianity as a whole. Missions to war-torn, impoverished, and developing nations across Africa and South America have yielded tremendous results for the faith. As of 2010, 13 percent of the world’s 1.6 billion Catholics reside in Brazil and 9 percent in Mexico. African nations have also seen tremendous gains. On the other hand, France, which in 1900 had the largest population of Catholics at 15 percent, now accounts for less than 5 percent of the Church’s followers. Similar trends can be found in Spain, Poland, and Italy.

Ironically, the United States has remained relatively stable over the years, hovering at around 7 percent of the world’s Catholic population since 1970. But according to the 2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, there are 58,934,906 Catholics in the United States down 5 percent from the 2000 report. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the largest growing Catholic population in the U.S. is in the Hispanic community, with a February Gallup poll finding 54 percent of Hispanics identify as Catholic (this number, however, is down 4 percent from 2008).

While demographics and numbers certainly do not tell the whole story, the election of a Pope from a Latin American country is significant and signals a shift (however slight) in the Catholic Church. Putting issues like contraception and homosexuality aside, common arguments against the Church suggest that there is too large a gap between the Church hierarchy and the laity.

While moral guidance certainly comes from the Bible, declining Church attendance seems to corroborate the idea that people are less motivated by the Vatican and more motivated by their own conscious and conviction. In an article for the German Deutsche Welle, “US Catholicism at a crossroad,” author William D’Antoni explained that, especially in America, a culture of individualism works against the traditional structure of the Church. “It is this idea of personal autonomy. You are responsible for your behavior. There is this basic cultural norm that goes way back to the early pilgrims and protestant leaders of the society. Catholics have taken that and modified it around the conscience idea,” D’Antonti said.

While those who regularly attend mass may find themselves inspired by the homily of a beloved parish priest, the Catholic Church in the U.S. fails to reach out to those who have been alienated or gone astray. While persistent and effective missions throughout Latin America and Africa have brought a substantial number of people to the faith, the Church seldom mobilizes its forces in the United States and Europe in the same way, perhaps accounting for the declining rates in those regions.

I am not sure that this pope, or any pope for that matter, can right the ship and reengage those who have left the faith. Furthermore, there will be a tremendous debate, especially among conservatives, about the ramifications of having a Jesuit pope. I for one take pause at some of the comments Pope Francis has made in the past regarding economic inequality and social justice. Yet I find myself cautiously optimistic that in a world grappling with the realities of how to provide for the least among us, Pope Francis has the ability to profoundly redefine the role of the Church in this problem.

In the United States alone, the government has overtaken churches as the primary source of welfare and charity. We have become more dependent on the government because far too often people find themselves with no other option. But Pope Francis, with his firsthand experience and documented devotion to the poor, could help to reverse this trend. Reminding Catholics near and far of the good work done by Catholic charities and missions throughout history, may revitalize a community of people who feel disheartened by a problem that seems too large for any one person to solve. Francis alone cannot effect such change, but in harmony with the Catholic cardinals, bishops, priests, and laity around the world, the Church can once again emerge as a global leader of charity and serving the needs of the poor.

It is no secret the Catholic Church finds itself at a crossroad but with the leadership and experience Pope Francis appears to offer, this is a historical moment not just for the Church but for the role of religion more broadly. Moreover, this is an especially exciting time to be a Catholic.

  • landofaahs

    I would not want to send a child to a school where molestation has history.  The Catholic church has to find the solution to their conflict of unmarried priests and the previous decision that they cannot marry.  When there is conflict with God’s word, this kind of thing is inevitable.  There is a biblical solution though and they need to find it.  Pray for the Catholics that they may find the right way.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    All cultures and institutes undergo change over generations of time. 

    It is true that American Catholicism may in time cease to be a regional influence across North America; yet it remains a viable force for change and influence in much of the world. This is one reason dictators and tyrants fear the papacy, for in one man is held power few could dream of wielding.

    What matters now, as in all times of transition, is what the new pope will choose to do, how he will see it carried forth, and why he is doing it.

  • Anonymous

    One rarely if ever reads anything approaching this level of professional discourse on this site. Congratulations young Meg Storm on this essay. Of course there is the obligatory warning on Social Justice, which I am sure Glenn Beck will see fit to tear into the second he gets the idea that the Pope is serving the one world order/master progressive agenda. For those of you who actually care about the issue, you  might consider other sources than blaze inc. George Weigel knows as much as anyone in the American Press, and unlike GB, has actually spoken to the new Pope.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/342964/first-american-pope-george-weigel?pg=3

    youmight also consider another scholarly opinion place.
    http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2013/03/pope-francis-and-the-papacy

  • Anonymous

    Christ created His Church.  If we are Deceived to believe that His Church can become irrelevant it is because we have allowed the Deception.  The actions of Man can be horrible and filled with Evil — we are not immune to it nor are the stewards of Christ’s Church, but Christ’s Church is inseparable from His Word while others, as a matter of doctrine, acquiesce to the agendas of those seeking confirmation of their sins.  Those who think that through time, protest, mocking and ridicule that Christ’s Church can be hammered into the image of Man are in grave error.  To reject Christ’s Church because of the actions of Man is also a grave error.

    It is true that the stewards and believers of Christ’s Church are being tested in the fire.  Because of the stain of sin, we all are.  This fire will burn off the impurities and make the believers stronger or we will allow the fire to consume us and the ashes can be part of the “smoke of Satan”.

    We are thankful to Him for the successor of Peter.  An infinitely good and loving God has given us a way back to Him — a way we do not deserve.

    The fire and the battle for souls await.  Christ awaits.  Judgements awaits. Heaven or Hell awaits.

  • landofaahs

    Christ’s church consist of all believers in Christ not just the Catholic Church(or supposed successor of Peter)  Each believer is a stone and Christ is the cornerstone of the church.  Peter was only the fist stone of confession  all the rest of us are added as time goes on.  St. Paul himself said “What is Peter and what is Paul”?  The object of worship is Christ alone.

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  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Did anyone notice that the left started attacking him the moment they found out who is the new Pope? That didn’t take long did it?

  • SoThere

    Leftists don’t believe in God, The Pope or anything except liberalism. You can’t serve two masters.

  • Draxx

    Have you noticed all the Ad Spam being added daily to the forums by the Leftist to get us to not want to spend time reading comments?  That’s all they do… Claim Innocence on one hand and Attack You with the other hand!  This is about religion and they are going to try and disrupt us from good Christian or Catholic Conversation…

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The Books of Isaiah and Thessalonians speak of a time when God will send or allow (depending on how the translation is made) a strong delusion to come upon the world.

    I believe we are seeing this time in part, again its only my opinion, as the people are turning away from God and Christ to pursue the pleasures and personalities of the world en mass. Even Christ himself declared (Matt 24: 24) ‘If possible, the very elect will be deceived…”

    This is the reason we must remain firmly grounded in the truth of God and upon the solid rock of Christ by faith through grace.

    Sadly all too few understand this and turn to Satan while proclaiming to follow God.

    May the third great awakening bring truth and salvation to more of the world and drive the darkness away.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    No it did not take long, the Pope is one of the few people the leftists cannot intimidate or dominate or control; he is as beyond them as mars is from a man jumping up and down on a trampoline to reach that world.

    That is the reason they fear him so greatly, and what they fear must either be caged, controlled or destroyed.

  • Anonymous

    I beg your pardon for doing this, but I couldn’t get on yesterday to reply to the sugar rant.
    Listen friends, lets be reasonale.  We, who are the enlightened…know that this country is eating wrong!  Taking a walk on the beach or any avenue will tell you that.. The obesity is wy out of hand.   It breaks my heart to see obese children, who can’t run, jump, & play like I did as a child,
    & most of you.   Sugar & High Frutose CS is a HUGE culprit!!  And if you ask an Oncologist who knows the truth & will say it, or read Suzanne Somers book, KNOCKOUT,  you will know that sugar poison because CANCER feeds on sugar.  This is known in the medical community, but
    they won’t tell you.   They want your money when you get sick!  ( though not all.)  The pharmaceutical Co’s get VERY wealthy when you get cancer, & their chemicals to burn it out is exhoribant!!  Please don’t knock what folks are telling you RE: sugar even if they are Dems.
    YOU INCLUDED GLEN BECK!!1

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-A-Bullard-Jr/1494713236 William A. Bullard Jr.

         I am a Catholic; I am not a Baptist, Mormon, Episcopalian,Methodist,nor Presbyterian. I am a Catholic and a Catholic that respects  my fellow Judaeo-Christians and the collegiality that is Judaeo-Christianity; we have more that unites than divides and are a veritable Joseph’s coat of faith.  I want an uncompromising leader of my faith to not only be a beacon light of faith for all Jews and Judaeo-Christians, but particularly for all Catholics in my country.  The single great war in this country as around the world is the war against Judaeo-Christianity,  by extension our Jewish ancestor religion, waged constantly against us by an amoral grasping power hungry deviancy that is the secular humanism of Liberalism and the end state filth that it represents.  The which said, will use any cause, so called human rights, so called gender rights, and any Trojan horse [Islam] against us, not that they love Islam but that they love their power more, and the power to force their deviancy and amorality down our throats.  They will use children against their parents; they will subvert the Priesthood and the Nunnery and the misapplied heresy that is Vatican II against us and all ‘believers’, sons against their fathers, black against white,en against women.  It so happens right now that Islam as global Communism as ‘workers Socialsm’  once were and still are the most convenient tools at hand, which many of us, the believers, have unwittingly given them in a misguided sense of Judaeo-Christian charity and Judaeo ethics.  The Torah as the Apostles Creed and the Lord’s Prayer are “Not” mutually self assisted suicide pacts.  Vatican II tune a ravening wolf lose in our Church against us the believers; the ‘church’ must be purified first and we must go back to oiu faiuth which isd pesonal and not social. 
         This man has come to us by the grace of God to tell ‘Caesar’ [the clown clone in the Whitehouse] No!  No more, not an Inch. No more! “…you shall not pass…”.  To do that our Church must first be purged of the deviate and the heretic; they must be shown the door publicly if needs be.  Catholics in particular and Judaeo-Christians general are crying in the wilderness for a Judaeo/Judaeo-Christian springtime, a renewal, as earthshaking for future geneations of Americans etr unborn as was the Potestant Revolution.  Without that, the prospects of ou suvivl are increasingly dimmed.
         God Bless and God Keep Francis I, a visible representative of God on earth who is also a late ‘if not’ a final warning of what lies ahead, a ‘culture of desath’ if we do not renew.

    All the best
    Anchor’sAweigh/SemperFi
    ChiefBull

       

  • Anonymous

     I count myself as one of the elect Snow Leopard, & I say amen to that!!

    Beau’s Mom

  • Anonymous

    I think you’re coming down too hard on liberals.  Despite increasing polarization, there is still a gradient.  There is a faction which, as you say, believes in nothing but their political platform, but I believe that most “liberals” are motivated by a desire to help people, but a grossly misguided understanding of how that should be done.

    It’s very easy to be angry, and there’s a lot that I’m angry about, but don’t discredit yourself through over-generalization and increasing societal polarization.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Todd/1424651317 Scott Todd

    Even as a Baptist I prayed the new Pope would be a conservative.  Right now we need all the help we can get in the culture wars and some lefty Pontiff could put a serious damper on that.

  • Anonymous

    If you believe that Vatican II is a heresy, then you are not in full communion with the Church. You continue to try to split the Church with your pre-vatican and post-vatican II talk. It is disgusting. When you’re done purging, not even the Pope will be left. Jesus welcomes people into the Church to reform them over time. I do not disagree with all of the other problems the world has though.

  • Anonymous

    Popes condemn socialism and communism as it conflicts with a charitable world.

  • SoThere

    It’s a fact that Liberals do not want to help people, they are consumed with their own dogma. I’m not angry at anyone and I resent the fact that you insinuate that I am.

    Liberals are only concerned with self as is put on display every day on the internet and until they show otherwise, I’m right on the mark with my comment. I haven’t met a Liberal who was happy.

    Have a nice day.

    OBTW, I’m not impressed with moderates either.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t mean to make you angry and/or resentful by insinuating that you might have become angry at that incredibly broad range of individuals you term as liberals.

  • Anonymous

    The Catholic Church worships Jesus Christ alone, in accordance with The Ten Commandments.

    A “Rock” was declared not “Rocks”.  It was not on “these rocks”, but “this rock”.  He did not address the others as “Rock”.

    In context, Christ was addressing the Apostles as a group but it was Apostle Simon Bar-Jonah who correctly answered Christ’s question: “Who do you say that I am?”.  Jesus then addressed Simon Bar-Jonah, individually, and declared him “Rock” and give him the keys to the kingdom.  (Matt 16:13 and following)

  • SoThere

    Why do people like you think others are angry? I never get angry, I’m the happiest guy you’ll ever meet.

    Do you know what the definition of a Moderate is? It’s a Liberal who’s ashamed to admit it in public.

    You didn’t make me angry and to assume that you have is just nonsense.

    You have a very happy, happy day now, ya hear?

  • Anonymous

    Pope Francis  is nothing more than a puppet cleverly selected by the hand of puppet-master himself – that being – the RAT-SINGER. This is the beginning of the end, as bible prophecy is swiftly and systematically unfolding, ending in the seventh and final resurrection of the NOT so “holy” Roman Empire. The bloodthirsty history of Catholicism, will soon repeat itself….much to the chagrin of the of the rest of the world. NUCLEAR World War is on the horizon. The Catholic Church has cleverly dotted all its “I”s and crossed all it’s “T”s. There is but one very important denominator left though, who will rule as King over Europe….prophecy tells us this man has close ties to the Vatican and is himself a staunch Catholic. He will gain his powerful office by flattery – not by vote. It is not in his heart to wage war…..that is…..until a change take place in his mind and the real master of the Catholic Church SATAN THE DEVIL will enter this mans mind and take full possession of his thoughts.

    Brace yourself….the Catholic Church will soon shock an unsuspecting world! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1815457097 Rhonda Renee Sessions

    “This Rock” is none other than Jesus Christ, Himself… NOT Peter!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, Rhonda, but Peter is the Rock that Jesus is referring to in Matthew 16; 13-20. In Aramaic, kepa means Peter and in Greek, Kephas is the name by which Peter is called.  If you translate the original Aramaic text into English, the statement would have been “You are the Rock (Kepa) Peter and upon this rock (Kepa) Peter, I will build my church.”

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the Weigel article from page 1. Thanks for sharing. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/342964/first-american-pope-george-weigel?pg=1

  • Anonymous

    Not long at all.  When the “Permissives” discovered that the “Reformer” wasn’t going to give permission for sin or “reform” The Church in the image of Man, the Permissives rebelled.

  • Anonymous

    Catholic priests choose to be celibate, in line with the teachings of Christ. They are married to the Church, as disciples of Christ, and as Christ is the bridegroom of the universal Church. You are mistaken to think celibacy is the cause of pedophilia; evil is the cause and it happens throughout all walks of life.

  • Anonymous

    He does not come to bring peace on earth, but a sword.  There will be division.  Gradients will be leveled.

    Gray is Satan’s favorite color — don’t get mired in the widening chasm.  Choose Christ.

    Catholics do care about what others think and do — words spoken and unspoken, things seen and unseen.  That is one reason why we pray, that our hope is witnessed and extended to others.

  • Anonymous

    I am conservative and I have several friends and family who are liberal. They personally help others, they are happy and they believe in God; however, paraphrasing Andrew Wilkow, they read God’s Word for what they want it to say. May God bless and keep Pope Francis I.

  • Anonymous

    The stewards may shock us, but Christ’s Church is created by Truth Himself. God loves us and He created His way and His Holy Church– a way and Church we do not deserve.  To reject Christ’s Church due to the errors of Man is, itself, an error.

  • Anonymous

    Allowing pedophiles to marry (and produce children?) is not a solution — it isn’t even a decent band-aid.  Look at married life today: infidelity, divorce, contraception, pedophilia, incest, murder, abuse, neglect — it’s all there — but it doesn’t have to be.  One must be vigilant to persevere in their vows to The Church and to each other.

  • Anonymous

    Put ‘em on the rack!!  Confess now!  Sick bastards.

  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness we have you to warn us. Perhaps you should forward your thesis to Glenn beck so he can devote an hour program to it.

  • SoThere

    Good for you.

    Have a nice day.

  • landofaahs

    That is not my solution. I was hoping you could figure it out on your own. Since I was not revealing enough try this out for size. Ethiopian Eunuch. If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out. It is better to enter the kingdom of heaven blind than to suffer eternal damnation.
    Beside, the priest should be willing to be self castrated for the faith. He’s not using them anyway if he is true to his vows and lets face it, for the celibate, its only a couple of others things needed to be scratched in the morning.

  • landofaahs

    Christ never taught celibacy, that was St. Pauls “SUGGESTION” in the face of the extraordinary persecution going on at the time. Adding marriage at that time would have been extra pressure on people to recant in order to save family members. Peter was married you know.

  • landofaahs

    Upon the rock of confession that Jesus is the Christ. And he does have the keys in heaven but that has nothing to do with succession of popes. There were other apostles at the time and different churches other than Rome. Paul corrected Peter which proves that The Pope is not infallible in nconcern with interpretation of scripture. If you don’t agree then you are saying unless you are Catholic you can’t go to heaven. That is heresy.

  • Anonymous

    The pope is infallible when “Ex Cathedra” (from the chair) is specified.  Its use is exceedingly rare.  It was last used in 1950.  Peter made errors and denied Him three times — after being declared “Rock”.  Christ created His way.  We cannot judge souls.

  • Anonymous

    As are some priests today.  Usually, converted, married priests from the Anglican Church.  Celibacy is a discipline not dogma.

  • Anonymous

    I do not know that Peter was married and I believe you are correct that it was Paul’s suggestion, not Christ’s teaching that it was better to not be married and serve God than to be married. Furthermore, given the new ordinariate created by Benedict XVI that allows for married priests converting from Protestant faiths, this is in line with that teaching.

    Regardless, celibacy is not the cause of pedophilia, as you suggest. And as tonybigs points out, encouraging a pedophile to marry and produce children is nonsensical.

  • landofaahs

    Oh this is funny if it were not so serious to true faith. When was that chair built? So before that chair was built, all papal comments could be in error? It’s no wonder people ridicule Christianity based on these ideas that have no biblical support. I will say this though. Just as Jesus condemned the Jews of his time for their traditions (made made laws and dogma) true faithful should separate tradition from gospel.

  • Anonymous

    Not acceptable in the Catholic Church. We must bear our crosses. You can read a little about it here: http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=565637&highlight=Castration

  • Anonymous

     I am no-one , nor is what I bring forth anything new, Christ himself tried warning this very generation almost two-thousand years ago, most men, including Beck, would much rather listen to the clever smooth talk coming out of the mouths of those who have never proven God for themselves. If men would only take the time to prove God at his word, religious confusion, based on religious ignorance, would quickly disappear.

  • Anonymous

    ….”words to live by” – of course, we all must seek out the truth of God and prove him at his word. Yes, to reject the true Church of God is erroneous indeed. 

  • landofaahs

    You make my point. Luke 4:38-39 Jesus heals Peters mother in law…you don’t have a mother-in law unless you are married. It also proves another point in that most Catholics don’t read the Bible. Please read the Bible from beginning to end. Do it several times and you will begin to see where I am coming from. Don’t just listen to what others say, but what GOD SAYS.

  • landofaahs

    Celibacy allows predators to come into the church without detection…just being like all the others.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/62UME5HTXR27Y2TZLECOHTN3FI D

    I’m also glad that Pope Francis is a conservative, who would rather live a moderate life style and give the money he saves to the poor. Liberals like to spend and waste money on themselves, they are greedy, egotistical,immoral people who pretend to care for the poor. They are the reason we have so many people with no morals, who believe we should live like animals and think only of self . You will never see Obama cutting back on his lavish life style, he pretends to care for the poor,but he really only cares for his self centered, wealthy elitism friends and tyrants.

  • Anonymous

    No, I do not. Your point was that celibacy causes pedophilia; then you later suggested that priests should submit to castration. Neither is right or true. Separately, I appreciate you educating me on the apparent facts that Peter was married and that it was Paul’s suggestion, not Christ’s teaching, that it is better to not be married. I’m working my way through the Bible. I look forward to future discussions.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4GE3AVPNZUP4XYIERO64CPEPJA chicago

    landofaahs doent get it, but thats ok.  i didnt for a while either. the bible was put together by catholic church, and did not exist in its entire form for centuries. also, many books were still considered to be a part of the bible for centuries, and some still are(orthodox. ethiopian church have different book). bible was not faxed down from heaven, it was put together by man. Traditions of church have been around forever, taught by jesus to hia apostles, and so on! many non believers make fun of us christians when they read history and realize bible was changed quite a bit, and is interpreted by people in many different ways. thats what makes us look dumb! there has to be one interpretation, not 10,000. thats laughable!. peter is the rock you moron, and the catholic church is the interpreter, not joe smoh main st church of gary , indiana!  get it!!!!!read founding fathers of the church, and you will open your eyes! catholics are not satans spaun like i and i suppose you were taught at a young age by our minister! they are our family in christ, and they got it right. they have many problems, but got holy tradition part right!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4GE3AVPNZUP4XYIERO64CPEPJA chicago

    this is your interpretation. this interpretation of the passage in question did not exist until some people found it better to break from the mother church. how convenient! never had a problem with how it was interpreted before, but all of a sudden, you know what, i think this means this, and that means that, to help me start my own christian sect! where were the protestants until 16th century? nowhere, they didi not exist! would christ allow that(1550 yrs of a false church?) i doubt it!

  • Anonymous

    This new and improved Pope, has nothing to do with “giving Catholicism new life” no, its more like, what weak American government officials do and have done (or not done) since World War II, especially,  concerning how weak and short sighted our foreign affairs have been over the past several decades and how these political clueless conduct their ongoing surrender to the Europeans, that of, being the last superpower on the earth…wait a minute…our American leadership have practically built Europe into the worlds new and  only, super-fortress left upon the face of the earth, leaving America far behind scratching its head. How much more can we do for you Europe, before you completely cash-in and assume sol-responsibility of coming world events? Shall we speed up our departure in a more hurried withdrawal from the Middle East and the African continent, leaving you the primary benefactor of our hard fought military endeavors? What else can be gifted to your purse at the expense of the American tax-payer? How about our military bases currently scattered over Europe, stockpiled with a deadly American arsenal of atomic thermal-nuclear-weapons? – yes, now we’re talking….

    Even though numbers are increasing, at the present time, there’s only a tiny fraction of our population who know how powerful Europe has become, primarily, at the expense of our delirious foreign policy stupidity.

    What I will say, concerning the latest man to reside the Beast of Papacy, he will be successful in his endeavor of reuniting the Catholic Church the world over. This in turn will result in the European Union realizing the power that has suddenly landed in their lap and further more, through the crux of Catholicism , a uniting of the continent will be the end result. This union of nations will not be the lifesaving-peacemakers that they claim themselves to be. In Fact – bible prophecy clearly states, that this coming union of European nations, is known to God as the prophesied BEAST, found in the book of Revelation.

    Not so long ago, America, along with its allies, fought and defeated this very same beast two times in the last century – now, today, all that hard earned victory is but a distant memory. What makes me sick to the core, is, not only has America helped bring this destructive power back to the fray of a world power, our clueless officials are persuading our European lovers to fill the vacuum, when the United States forfeits its world obligations and responsibilities.  What makes me even sicker to the core of my being, is that the greater majority of our citizens will not believe this truth, but would rather believe a lie, of course the pontifical abundance of  lies has been abundant for the past 2000 years, resulting in Christianity being led astray, so why would anything be different today?       

  • landofaahs

    People did not have Bibles in the time. Until the printing press, they would only afford a handwitten copy of it. The Bible was also in latin. 1 Timothy 2:4-5 There is only one mediator between God and man and that person is Jesus Christ. What could be more plain?

  • landofaahs

    No that was not my point. My point is that when you have a celibacy culture, it attracts those kind of people and gives them cover. Perhaps the original purpose of celibacy was to keep more money in the church. After all when a priest dies he would leave his money to the church would he not? An unmarried priest would not require more money to care for his family, another savings for the church. But we will see if this new pope who they say cares so much for the poor is willing to sell off the vast property of the church and give that money to feed the poor.

  • landofaahs

    My point of castration was sarcasm for a practice that has no immediate purpose. If you must have unmarried priests and they cannot control their passions, then castration would make them “COLOSSAL FOSSILS WITH DOSSAL TASSELS”. No urge.

  • Anonymous

    We have no original Aramaic text.  What we have is a Greek text, in which Simon (Peter) is called Petros, meaning “a stone or small rock.”  Jesus is referred to as Petra, meaning a “cliff or large boulder.”  Jesus is the Rock upon which the Church is built.

  • Anonymous

    It is the devil’s way to divide. “People of Light”, as GB says, must unite. By all means, ask honest questions and challenge those in positions of leadership, but we should not pit one against another, those who are striving to live a peaceful and caring life. For me, Christ Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Peace.

  • Anonymous

    Fortunately for all, God does not dwell in temples made with hands!

  • Anonymous

    The New Testament charity and compassion model is
    exemplified by the Samaritan who takes personal risk, uses his own time and
    money, follows up to ensure he alone assumes financial liability, assures the
    victim can manage on his own and rejects notoriety and applause. Luke 10:25-37

    Being not for socialism or communism does not prevent it.
    Obeying Jesus does.

     

  • Anonymous

    Do you think the mandatory tithing model of the Old
    Testament impersonalized donations to ‘widows and orphans”? If poverty is added
    to the current social-justice donation list, do
    you think the needy become more detached, indifferent and entitled when
    receiving from government or a church institution rather that a person? Do you
    think the Rabbis distributing the tithes were more prone to aloofness and the
    doners more robbed of mission?

  • Anonymous

    Where two or three are gathered together in His name, He is there!