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Catholics are coming home
Deacon's Bench ^ | September 6, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA

Posted on 09/06/2009 3:50:15 PM PDT by NYer

And in a big way. A lot of you have seen the great ads produced by a group called Catholics Come Home. The ads, evidently, are working. And spreading.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento is home to nearly 1 million Catholics. On a typical Sunday, less than 137,000 can be found in church.

Now, using a strategy straight from the secular playbook, its leaders hope to lure back those who have drifted.

The diocese and nearly a dozen others across the country are preparing to air several thousand prime-time TV commercials in English and Spanish, inviting inactive Catholics to return to their religious roots.

In addition to Sacramento, dioceses in Chicago, Omaha, Providence, R.I., and four other cities will launch the “Catholics Come Home” advertising blitz during Advent, the period before Christmas.

Four more dioceses will follow during Lent next spring. Los Angeles is not among the initial group but could be part of a nationwide campaign slated for December 2010.

"I'm hoping that a significant number of people will give us another look," Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto said of the campaign. "Many Catholics have a sense of believing but not always a sense of belonging."

The potential audience is huge.

Only about one-quarter of U.S. Catholics say they attend Mass every week, and a majority go to religious services a few times a year or less, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, which conducts social science research about the Catholic church.

Researchers there also found that two-thirds of Catholics believe they can be good members of their faith without attending Mass regularly.

Inactive Catholics cite a number of reasons for their absence. Many do not believe that missing Mass is a sin, the center reported. Others say they are too busy with family or work, or, as other analysts point out, are more interested in material happiness than spiritual fulfillment.

"There is a strange pattern of people who aren't practicing but still have beliefs and pick up parts of the faith," said Mark Gray, a research associate with the center. "They may give up meat on Fridays during Lent or attend Ash Wednesday services."
Curious to see what all the fuss is about? Check out the videos below. And you can find more at the Catholics Come Home link.





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1 posted on 09/06/2009 3:50:16 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Check out the YouTube videos at the link above.


2 posted on 09/06/2009 3:51:19 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer
"Only about one-quarter of U.S. Catholics say they attend Mass every week, and a majority go to religious services a few times a year or less, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, which conducts social science research about the Catholic church."

Where even fewer attend and fewer are taught.

3 posted on 09/06/2009 3:54:12 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: NYer
This ex won't be coming back. Far too many marxists and their supporters in the church.
4 posted on 09/06/2009 3:55:14 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: NYer

Those people don’t sound very Catholic to me. The Episcopalians who claim to be Anglican Catholics seem just as Catholic...and they belong to what is little more than the church of faggotry.


5 posted on 09/06/2009 3:56:40 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: NYer
Gimmicks won’t work. Others denominations have tried this, and it is a failure. I would suspect that the vast majority of those that have left the Roman Catholic Church or have stopped attending did not do so because they were unfamiliar with the teachings and practices of the church. This attempt is little more than a feel good effort on the part of those that wish to reach out to former Catholics.
6 posted on 09/06/2009 4:03:48 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: NYer
At the parish where I grew up we had a "Welcome Sunday" just before Lent. Lapsed parishioners were invited to come back. People who had been away for years would come back and be able to experience the penitential season and then Easter. It was a wonderful to see so many people return to the Church.

I always wondered why more parishes did not do this.

7 posted on 09/06/2009 4:04:41 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Nosterrex

You make a good point in that poor catechesis is largely responsible for the difficulties that people have with the Church.

There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church. - Fulton Sheen


8 posted on 09/06/2009 4:15:32 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Nosterrex
I would suspect that the vast majority of those that have left the Roman Catholic Church or have stopped attending did not do so because they were unfamiliar with the teachings and practices of the church.

There are probably some who have actually chosen to leave based on some doctrine on which they disagree. For example, the Catholic Church does not permit artificial contraception or in-vitro fertilization. The reasons are spelled out but, unfortunately, some Catholics simply disagree and choose to leave for those christian churches that allow such practices. Sadly, the majority of Catholics who have left did so out of ignorance. They were never properly formed in their faith and, out of ignorance, switch to some other christian church that has caught their attention.

9 posted on 09/06/2009 4:19:25 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: Nosterrex
I would suspect that the vast majority of those that have left the Roman Catholic Church or have stopped attending did not do so because they were unfamiliar with the teachings and practices of the church. This attempt is little more than a feel good effort on the part of those that wish to reach out to former Catholics.

Agreed. Consider that this effort is called "Catholics Come Home", lending credence to the idea that these non-participants are (still) Catholic. Meanwhile, many überCatholicsTM will cite latae sententiae and various canon laws to argue that these same people shouldn't be considered Catholic at all. So if the überCatholicsTM are right, what kind of message is this ad campaign really sending?

10 posted on 09/06/2009 4:19:40 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (One man, alone! Betrayed by the country he loves, now its last hope in their final hour of need!)
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To: NYer

What draws someone to the church is the WORD, not a gimmick, isn’t it?


11 posted on 09/06/2009 4:23:57 PM PDT by Freddd (Government run health care=paying more and being denied what we already have.)
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To: Nuc1
This ex won't be coming back. Far too many marxists and their supporters in the church.

The Church is Christ's bride (Ephesians 5:29) and has "no spot, wrinkle or blemish" (Ephesians 5:27). Christ also stated that the gates of Hell will not prevail against His Church (Matthew 16:18). Individual clergy may commit sins, even popes commit sins because in the Church there are both "weeds and wheat" (Matthew 13:30).

In removing yourself from the Church, the only one who suffers is you. You have removed yourself from the life-giving sacrament of Holy Eucharist.

"I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." - John 6:51-56

Whatever your disagreement with the Church, why not visit Catholics Come Home. You have nothing to lose.

12 posted on 09/06/2009 4:25:04 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
The Episcopalians who claim to be Anglican Catholics seem just as Catholic...and they belong to what is little more than the church of faggotry.

The Anglicans and Episcopalians ... and now, the Lutherans, have all embraced the ordination of homosexual clergy. Perhaps you have mistakenly confused the Catholic Church with the others.

13 posted on 09/06/2009 4:27:30 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: Alex Murphy; Nosterrex

Such an interesting exchange between two people, neither of whom is Catholic. Why do either of you care what estranged Catholics choose to do?


14 posted on 09/06/2009 4:33:02 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: Freddd
What draws someone to the church is the WORD, not a gimmick, isn’t it?

Actually, what draws lapsed Catholics back home are the Sacraments. At Sunday Mass, they not only hear the Word, they also receive Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, present in the Holy Eucharist. Can your church top that?

15 posted on 09/06/2009 4:36:10 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer
Catechism 841:

The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."

Any "Christian Church" that claims merely acknowledging the Creator (not even using the word God) grants you access to Heaven has some fundamental problems. According to the Catechism, suicide-bomber Abdullah will be in Heaven, but Protestant Lars will not. The former denies Jesus as Savior, the latter lives by it, yet the Church has determined that the former is to be in Heaven, the latter in the fires of Hell.

In removing yourself from the Church, the only one who suffers is you. You have removed yourself from the life-giving sacrament of Holy Eucharist.

There are plenty of other, life-affirming, Christ-centered churches for people to attend. The Catholic Church - contrary to its own dogma - is not the sole arbiter of what is Christian and Holy.

16 posted on 09/06/2009 4:41:26 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the Defense of the Indefensible)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier
According to the Catechism, suicide-bomber Abdullah will be in Heaven, but Protestant Lars will not.

You seem to have passed over the following in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

2258 "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being."56

17 posted on 09/06/2009 4:46:47 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: Nosterrex

This catholic left because I’m sick of the church turning the other cheek on abortion. Despite what they church says, it really isn’t against abortion. This greedy church is all too happy to not risk $$ from abortionists. If it were true to its own teachings it would excommunicate every last pro-abortion catholic. And would never have allowed the abortionist-and-chief to go to Notre Dame.


18 posted on 09/06/2009 4:48:54 PM PDT by paul544
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To: NYer

Funny thing, I was thinking about Martin Luther today and wondering if he will still be in Purgatory when I pass through. That should be a good enough punishment to keep him there and explien to everyone who passes through why he is sorry he split the Church. And yes, I did go to Reconcilliation yesterday about my hoping teddy is in hell.


19 posted on 09/06/2009 4:54:45 PM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Just got up from Bedroomshire)
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To: NYer

Why would you use a study from a non-Catholic College like Georgetown to measure Catholic Church attendance?


20 posted on 09/06/2009 4:56:25 PM PDT by ardara
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To: NYer; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest.

Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment

Obama: “If they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

21 posted on 09/06/2009 4:57:57 PM PDT by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: NYer

The scandal of Ted’s funeral didn’t help very much. General opinion is (again) that the rules are only for the “little people.”


22 posted on 09/06/2009 4:58:34 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: paul544

There are a lot of spineless bishops and Cardinals. Nevertheless, it’s ridiculous to say the Church isn’t against abortion. The Catholic Church has been at the forefront of the pro-life movement for decades.


23 posted on 09/06/2009 5:02:15 PM PDT by SMCC1
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To: NYer

Yes, a “rule” written some 1400+ items after that saying good old Muslims are welcomed into Heaven for simply acknowledging their Creator, Allah.

And who defines what is innocence? None are innocent in the eyes of God, we have all sinned.


24 posted on 09/06/2009 5:04:10 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the Defense of the Indefensible)
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To: NYer

**In addition to Sacramento, dioceses in Chicago, Omaha, Providence, R.I., and four other cities will launch the “Catholics Come Home” advertising blitz during Advent, the period before Christmas.**

A good time to do this. We alwasy advertise for our returning Catholic group before Christmas and before Easter. Also in the Christmas and Easter bulletin so that we get the C and E Catholics.

Churches all over our diocese are asking the leaders of our Catholic Can Come Home Again to visit their parishes and explain what we have been doing. We have anywhere from four to over 20 returning Catholics in any one session and we have been doing it for over five years.


25 posted on 09/06/2009 5:05:35 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Nuc1
"This ex won't be coming back. Far too many marxists and their supporters in the church."

Wow. We surely go to different Catholic Churches.

So, instead of avoiding the one True Church and bemoaning those that you say are involved, how 'bout getting involved to change it for the better?

There's only one True Church. No place else to go......

26 posted on 09/06/2009 5:17:40 PM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: Nuc1

‘Far too many Marxists’ — The Catholic Church is fighting the same battle we are fighting outside the church: the libs are trying to take over, the conservatives are holding the line of orthodoxy/ tradition. You will not find every CC full of Marxists. There are ways to spot those and avoid them.

But new, conservative, orthodox priests are coming in, especially in the Dioceses with conservative leadership. We have a new priest at our church, SO on fire for the Lord. Not a Marxist to be seen, and those parishioners who supported the Sodomite Marriage Initiative in the last election have run, screaming, after the very strongly-worded no-nonsense homilies.


27 posted on 09/06/2009 5:19:52 PM PDT by bboop (Tar and feathers -- good back then, good now)
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To: ardara
"Why would you use a study from a non-Catholic College like Georgetown to measure Catholic Church attendance?"

I was wondering the same thing. In California, the Masses are JAMMED-PACKED each Sunday; all the Missions; all the Churches seem to be doing very well, but I don't know of anyone who quantifies attendance.

..........and, in Cairo and in Beijing - standing room ONLY at the Catholic Churches if you get there too late.

A beautiful thing.......

28 posted on 09/06/2009 5:20:42 PM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: NYer

I watch (and generously donate to) EWTN when I want a dose of solid Catholicism. I speak as a non-Catholic who may one day convert.


29 posted on 09/06/2009 5:28:55 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: windsorknot
"I watch (and generously donate to) EWTN when I want a dose of solid Catholicism. I speak as a non-Catholic who may one day convert."

Beautiful. I hope you convert. EWTN is on at my home quite often (my folks are staying with me for an extended period of time). It's a great program.

30 posted on 09/06/2009 6:35:07 PM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: PugetSoundSoldier
The Catholic Church - contrary to its own dogma - is not the sole arbiter of what is Christian and Holy.

Use that line during your particular judgment and see what it gets you.


31 posted on 09/06/2009 6:40:09 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Since the concept of the Catholic Church being the sole arbiter of Christianity and the “only Church” is not Biblical, I think I’m on pretty good ground.


32 posted on 09/06/2009 6:47:54 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the Defense of the Indefensible)
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To: A.A. Cunningham; PugetSoundSoldier

The Catholic Church teaches many things contrary to scripture. Yes, I’ve had many lecture me on making my own interpretation of scripture - something Augustine understood, BTW, since he wrote 4 books on how to do it - but I’ll take my chances staying true to scripture.

Purgatory denies the power of God and the completeness of the sacrifice of Jesus.

Indulgences are simply obscene, and Mariology - the very fact that such a term exists - is blasphemy as well. There are some things I can compromise on, but treating the created like the Creator is not one of them!


33 posted on 09/06/2009 6:48:23 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: Nuc1
...Far too many marxists and their supporters ...

Surprised then that you're not leaving the USA.

34 posted on 09/06/2009 7:08:48 PM PDT by TradicalRC (Go here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2326276/posts)
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To: Mr Rogers
Purgatory denies the power of God and the completeness of the sacrifice of Jesus.

Based on your many posts alon, I would say that your misunderstanding of it seems to do so, but Purgatory itself is part of His Truth.

There are some things I can compromise on, but treating the created like the Creator is not one of them!

The Catholic Church doesn't do that. Your dispute is with those who lie about the Catholic Church and her teachings.

35 posted on 09/06/2009 7:11:31 PM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Mr Rogers
The Catholic Church teaches many things contrary to scripture.

Nope.

The Catholic Church teaches many things contrary to your own personal interpretation of Scripture.

So what?

36 posted on 09/06/2009 7:12:44 PM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Nuc1

I believe the Catholics helped get Mr. Obama elected.

The church left me.

I did not leave the church.


37 posted on 09/06/2009 7:13:43 PM PDT by Edgewood Pilot
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Hilarious.

LOL


38 posted on 09/06/2009 7:14:40 PM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: NYer

I can’t and won’t try to explain it but Sunday Mass for me is my way of keeping in touch with everything I love.


39 posted on 09/06/2009 7:15:03 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (CommieCare: Need a Stent, Take a Red Pill. Next!)
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To: NYer

A Catholic here but haven’t gone to Mass much in the past couple of years other than Christmas and Easter. I have to confess that when I go to the confession the next time, I have too much to confess, it’ll take all night.


40 posted on 09/06/2009 7:17:42 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: NYer
"I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." - John 6:51-56

Bump!

41 posted on 09/06/2009 7:20:33 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Edgewood Pilot
I believe the Catholics helped get Mr. Obama elected.

Despite any scientifically valid data to the contrary...

42 posted on 09/06/2009 7:22:43 PM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Petronski

Most Catholics voted for Obama in the 2008 election and give him positive marks for his performance in office thus far.

Obama won 54% of the overall Catholic vote in the November presidential election.

This according the the Pew Research Center.


43 posted on 09/06/2009 7:32:28 PM PDT by Edgewood Pilot
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To: Edgewood Pilot
Obama won 54% of the overall Catholic vote in the November presidential election.

The Pew data is based on non-random, non-scientific polling data.

It is scientifically meaningless.

44 posted on 09/06/2009 7:33:58 PM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: paul544
This catholic left because I’m sick of the church turning the other cheek on abortion. Despite what they church says, it really isn’t against abortion. This greedy church is all too happy to not risk $$ from abortionists. If it were true to its own teachings it would excommunicate every last pro-abortion catholic. And would never have allowed the abortionist-and-chief to go to Notre Dame.

Paul 544, herewith a post of mine on the occasion of Kennedy's funeral, posted 08/30/09:

"A personal odyssey. My wife and I were both raised Catholics and both went to Catholic schools. Now in my 60s I still attended Mass faithfully and received Communion weekly.

For years I was bothered by the fact the Church would take no action against pro-abort politicians like Kennedy, but I deferred to the Church's judgement. There was also the pedophilia scandal which almost bankrupted the Spokane diocese north of me (I am in the Yakima diocese), but again I deferred to the episcopate. Surely these people know what they are doing and have the best interests of the faithful at heart, don't they?

Then came Obama at Notre Dame. Watching aged nuns and priests be arrested while that man was an honored guest at a "Catholic" institution named after our Holy Mother was finally more than I could bear. That order at ND is under the direct supervision of the Pope and he and the order's prefect did nothing (in fact the prefect defended the invite). Judas Jenning, Order of Pontius Pilate, is still running ND and the Church, while constantly giving lip service to its Pro-Life position, did nothing, does nothing.

That the Church honors this pagan who poses as a Catholic doesn't surprise me in the least. It sickens me but it does not surprise me. After all just how much money have the Kennedys given the Church over the years in order to buy its silence and cooperation, such as buying their jokes of annulments?

Needless to say I am no longer a practicing Catholic, for as Ronald Reagan said of the Democrats, I didn't leave it, it left me.

And just so you won't think I am only critical of the Catholic Church for its inconsistencies, I point the same accusing finger at our Mormon friends. One of your apostles once called abortion "the greatest evil of our time" (perhaps paraphrased, but reasonably close). That was one of your apostles, guys, a rather exalted person in your Church, no? So then explain to me why Harry Reid is still a member in good standing?

Will our side ever take a firm stand on anything?"

I received some very kind, very concerned replies from some Catholics of here for which I am grateful, but it changes nothing. A few days later there was a story on here about how that pos Jenkins refuses to drop charges against those arrested for protesting in defense of Life and against Obama being honored at ND. Meanwhile the Church does nothing, says nothing. Jesus decried the hypocrites of His day. I do likewise and absolutely refuse to be an accomplice any longer in this travesty.

Good luck and God's speed my friend.

45 posted on 09/06/2009 7:34:30 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: A.A. Cunningham

LOL! That has to be the best I’ve come across.


46 posted on 09/06/2009 7:35:34 PM PDT by elizabethgrace (Looking for Van Jones? Check under the bus....lol.)
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To: Robwin

Spiritual intellectual weakness is a burden. I will pray you overcome such shallow formation.


47 posted on 09/06/2009 7:38:34 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Robwin

Well said.


48 posted on 09/06/2009 7:39:54 PM PDT by Edgewood Pilot
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To: Edgewood Pilot

You congratulate error.


49 posted on 09/06/2009 7:43:52 PM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Edgewood Pilot
I believe the Catholics helped get Mr. Obama elected.

The Catholics? Maybe you mean "the democrat Catholics"?

You know, the same "Catholics" who routinely reelect their likeminded, pro-abortion Catholics such as Leahy, Biden, Kennedy and the slew of other digraces.

50 posted on 09/06/2009 7:44:19 PM PDT by elizabethgrace (Looking for Van Jones? Check under the bus....lol.)
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