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    I am watching Secrets of the Vatican from the History channel.
    The opulence of the place is at once beautiful, but shameful.
    Granite marble everywhere, paintings, statues, elegant tiled floors, painted ceilings, paintings, gold plated thrown chairs, ect.
    Not to mention the cost of their Garments, their gold Crucifixes, throwns, ect. Even gold cuff links I saw on the Cardinals that were going in to the Conclave.
    I kept watching and at every turn I said Jesus!
    It must have cost trillions building Vatican City.
    And a Pope helicopter? Jesus rode a damn donkey!
     While billions live in poverty, and the RCC claims it is for the poor, all I could think of was if God parted the Red Sea, why the hell can't he/she come again and bring Jesus to do another Temple rant?

    Gitmo is a Concentration Camp. Not a Detention Center. Torture happens at Concentration Camps. Torture happens at Gitmo. How much further will US values fall? Where is YOUR outrage at what the United States does in OUR names?

    by snoopydawg on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:57:15 AM PDT

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    •  The Renaissance sucked and (0+ / 0-)

      Michelangelo was a dupe.

    •  Do we hold our President to the same standard? (4+ / 0-)

      President Obama is a Dem who has repeatedly lashed out against the very wealthy.

      Should we hold him to the same standard that you hold Pope Fransico?

      Could Cardinal Bergoglio have been more center-left, more explicit in his embrace of liberation theology?  Of course.  But that Cardinal would never have been elected Pope.

      That Catholic Church just can't win in DailyKos.

      For all its faults, the Catholic Church is not only the largest organized religion by market share, but, on a net basis, contributes more positive energy to this world than any other mainstream religion.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

      by PatriciaVa on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 03:17:45 PM PDT

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      •  So True!!! (2+ / 0-)
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        Amen!!!

        I'm just comfortably numb. . .

        by private5star on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 06:02:45 PM PDT

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      •  Does the Pres. claim to be the voice of God on (3+ / 0-)
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        earth, the sole and authoritative interpreter of the Divine Will like the Magisterium of the Catholic Church? Should we not hold the men who claim to be the sole arbiters of morality for the entire human race to a higher standard of personal morality than we do politicians?

        The Church contributes "positive energy"? Than why are the number of practicing Catholics falling on every continent but Africa??

      •  Personally, I expect Christ's self-proclaimed ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... representatives on earth to actually live by his personally-stated message, which wasn't at all ambiguous:

        I.e.  The best way to follow him is to sell everything you own and give the money to the poor.

        Etc.

        I see nothing in the Bible where Jesus rationalizes to his disciples the wearing of golden jewelry and red Prada shoes, or the living in opulent palaces.  Or tells his apostles to start their own bank.  (As I recall, he threw moneychangers out of church.)

    •  Do you give all your money to the poor? (0+ / 0-)

      Or don't you care about them?

      Catholic services for the poor are deep and wide. Hospitals schools, kitchens, shelters.

      You'll find Hamas praised for those actions here. How socially conservative are they?

      •  U.S. Cathoic services are principally funded by (3+ / 0-)

        government grants. Nor is Catholic Charities the largest charity in the U.S. And by the way, you'll find the soup kitchens and shelters run by individual Catholics and non-Catholics - not by Catholic Charities. If you check the salaries of Catholic hospital administrators, you could hardly call them "charities" any longer.  

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