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  •  If the internet is so baaaaad... (9+ / 0-)

    Why did they choose it to make their announcement?

    The initiative was revealed by 82-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican "exorcistinchief," to the online Catholic news service Petrus.
    [from the story linked in the diary, emphasis mine]

    Next they'll be announcing a rock anthem to spread the word on religious radio!

    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. -- Groucho Marx

    by PBCliberal on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 07:46:16 PM PST

    •  Nice catch! (7+ / 0-)

      Pope Fester is just trying to outdo the fundies who are taking over what once was the Catholic world.  He's learned you won't keep your flock if you don't pump them full of hatred and get some good xenophobia going.

      And he's playing his hole card: exorcism!  That's one Dobson and the boys will find hard to match now that they've failed to resurrect Falwell.

      (-7.75, -7.69) No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up - Lily Tomlin

      by john07801 on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 08:08:22 PM PST

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      •  if you said anything like this about Jews (3+ / 0-)
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        half of DailyKos would be after your head.

        The worst part about your rant is its ignorance:  you don't have a clue what you're talking about.

        "Pumping full of hatred"  and "xenophobia"???

        "Accurate scholarship will unearth the whole offense....[will] learn ...what huge imago made a psychopathic god." -W H Auden

        by Orpheus on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 09:45:49 PM PST

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      •  Frankly, what John is talking about... (1+ / 0-)
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        is the hatred and superstition practiced in small communities in impoverished nations encouraged and abetting by the Catholic Church.  People who have invited evangelicals into their homes have been tracked down and killed as "witches."  People who entertain Protestant concepts are ostracized from communities.  Miniature civil wars break out in neighborhoods and between villages around Central and Latin America over these issues.  The flames are fanned by Rome.

        These local and sometimes indigenous conflicts have been documented by sociologists, anthropologists and others, in books, scholarly studies, etc. It's no myth. It's no fallacy. These things are taking place.  

        Here's one older book describing village fragmentation falling the arrival of protestantism: Village That Chose Progress: Chan Kom Revisited. Author: Redfield, Robert.  There are other recent news accounts of mob actions, "witch" killings, and even the exclusion of indigenous Catholic priests from churches in Central America, so that Rome's guidelines are strictly followed.

        I submit that it is Orpheus who doesn't know what is being talked about here. And the constant "grow up" theme seems only to imitate the Daddy Pope image that so many find objectionable.  It certainly doesn't help the discussion.

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