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  •  Ummm..... (2+ / 0-)
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    Fishtroller01, NonnyO

    ....that's like saying the KKK is fine because it doesn't control any state governments. Propagating foul opinions matters. And you don't get the right to say one bad thing because somewhere else you said one good thing.

    You are responsible for what you advocate. And the Church, because of its absurd and arrogant pretensions ("Vicar of Christ," "Church Universal," and so on) claims far more authority and thus takes on far more responsibility than any earthly ruler. They made that bed, and they can lie in it.

    "They bash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago volume 3)

    by sagesource on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:45:57 PM PST

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    •  By all means... (4+ / 0-)
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      marykk, frostbite, JuliathePoet, Skyye

      ...speak out against church teaching, but likewise the good should not be discounted because of teachings you don't like.  The KKK analogy doesn't quite work because it exists for no purpose other than hate and sometimes violently manifests that hate.  The Church exists if anything to manifest God's love, which in their view includes to the unborn, and as this Pope is trying to convey, is just a small part of what they teach.

      •  You might think the church exists "if anything" to (0+ / 0-)

        manifest god's love, but a lot of us would disagree that's why the church exists. It certainly isn't a given . . .  And loving the unborn is swell--but what about loving the already born of the female gender?

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