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  •  "Isn't up for election"? (3+ / 0-)
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    PBCliberal, Quotefiend, YucatanMan

    Neither are healthcare insurance companies, arms manufacturers, televangelists who solicit gay escorts for meth, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Chinese toy companies, Exxon Mobil, or Archer Daniels Midland. So I guess we'd better not discuss any of them, either.

    I'm sure I've forgotten some.

    As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. - Justice William O. Douglas

    by occams hatchet on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 11:30:29 PM PST

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    •  the difference is (1+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne

      healthcare insurance companies, arms manufacturers, televangelists...., Rush & Coulter, Chinese toy companies, Exxon, and ADM are directly implicated in issues important to the American electorate.

      The Pope's counsel that there is evil in the world, that the abstract concept "evil" is 'reified' by attaching to it the concrete image of 'devil' or 'Satan,' and that people should be taught to pray to resist the forces of evil or to remove them if they are affected by evil, is a spiritual counsel to people who share a bond of spiritual community.  It's not a political issue, it's not a Democratic issue, it's not a Republican issue, it's not an American issue.  It's a conversation between the pope and the people he leads.

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

      by Orpheus on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 12:02:27 AM PST

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      •  I must say Orpheus - to you (2+ / 0-)
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        and Libertaria - it's a lost cause.  Don't bother really.  I usually don't read these diaries and don't comment.  Why now?  maybe because it's 4 am.

        There is much wrong with the Church - it is a human endeavor as well as a divine one after all.

        But as a practicing Catholic, I thank you both for your thoughtful comments.  The Church has lasted a long time -

        What's the plan? The plan is I go in and start hitting people in the face hard. (Angel, from the Series)

        by xanthe on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 02:25:49 AM PST

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