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I was raised Catholic and drifted away from the Church in my college years. After my child was born a few years back, I considered going back to the Church so that my son would have some foundation of faith in his life. However, after reassessing the modern Catholic church, I was taken aback by the vocal political positions taken by many in the Catholic leadership -- especially since the politicians they not-so-discreetly supported usually took polar-opposite positions to the Church on the issue of abortion, which I find to be a much more relevant religious issue than high taxation to support a "nanny state" welfare system. I also found religious leaders who supported high taxation policies to be unbelievable hypocrites when they themselves benefited greatly from the tax-exempt status afforded to religious orgranizations. The entire process left me with a very bad taste in my mouth, and I would say it is highly doubtful I will ever return to the Catholic church.
I wonder how this went over at the formerly Catholic, University of St Catherine's?
ddellwo: I agree with you, but will add that I believe most religions are becoming political and as such should not be granted tax exempt status. We have seen this in MN where the so called Christians try to invoke there will on everybody, endorse politicians, speak from the pulpit and try to change the constitution.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!
for a brief moment in time I thought the Catholic church was ready for change. Silly me, I'm just a woman. What do I know.
It is unfair to criticize U.S. Bishops for being an arm of the Republican party because their positions appear to coincide. The Catholic Church's beliefs are universal around the world even where the Republican party does not exist. Rather than a criticism of the Republican party it is a condemnation of the anti-Catholic beliefs held by the Democratic party in the U.S.
Imagine if there was a group run by women that allowed men to join, but in which men were forbidden to hold any leadership positions whatsoever, with no say in any rules, and would get "cracked down" on for expressing any dissent from unquestionable authority. Would any self-respecting guy want to be in the club?
Silly Jezzio, the Catholic Church cannot, nor will not change. The Catholic Church believes it is the one True Church. You can agree or disagree with that claim. However since truth cannot change then for the Catholic Church to change would mean Truth has changed and the whole raison d'etre would cease.
The headline is a good example of the slanted news coverage the left wing Strib provides. Works like "crackdown" have a negative connotation. A better headline would be "Pope supports rules of Catholic Church". Walk into a non-Catholic church today and tell them you're going to change their belief system and their rules. Let us know how it goes for you.
So his plan for take the church into the future is to treat women like it's the 12th century? Subjugation and stonewalling, then eh?
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