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Catholic bloggers aim to purge dissenters
Townhall.com ^ | 10/24/10 | AP News

Posted on 10/24/2010 8:40:45 AM PDT by Albion Wilde

Pressure is on to change the Roman Catholic Church in America, but it's not coming from the usual liberal suspects. A new breed of theological conservatives has taken to blogs and YouTube to say the church isn't Catholic enough.

Enraged by dissent that they believe has gone unchecked for decades, and unafraid to say so in the starkest language, these activists are naming names and unsettling the church...


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; blogger; bloggers; catholic; catholicconservative; dissenters; moralabsolutes
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A fantastic article!! Enough is enough, and now online resources are allowing conservatives within the Church to push back against the liberal loudmouths.

I've gotta do some stuff today, so I hope one of you will jump in and ping this out and get the discussions going. I'll check back later...

1 posted on 10/24/2010 8:40:52 AM PDT by Albion Wilde
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To: narses; Salvation; wagglebee; little jeremiah; Mrs. Don-o; don-o

Ping-a-ling!


2 posted on 10/24/2010 8:42:00 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Government does nothing as economically as the private sector. - Ronald Reagan)
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bttt


3 posted on 10/24/2010 8:43:49 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (The 'RAT Party - Home of our most envious, hypocritical, and greedy citizens.)
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To: Albion Wilde

The Catholic Conservative’s weapon against liberal religious dogma deeply ingrained in the architecture of their church is money, pure and simple. Do not give them the resources. Attend church, mass, whatever...but do not give them your money. Speak out, criticize and withold.


4 posted on 10/24/2010 8:44:47 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Gaffer
.but do not give them your money. Speak out, criticize and withold.

Not good enough.

Do not merely withhold your money from the dissenters, heretics, and assorted ne'er-do-wells.

GIVE your money to those parishes, orders, charitable entities which are authentically Catholic.

5 posted on 10/24/2010 8:48:02 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
“Who is going to save our Church?
Not our bishops, not our priests and
religious. It is up to you, the people.
You have the minds, the eyes, and the
ears to save the Church. Your mission
is to see that your priests act like priests,
your bishops act like bishops, and your
religious act like religious.”


--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, address to the Supreme
Convention of the Knights of Columbus in June 1972

6 posted on 10/24/2010 8:51:19 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: Albion Wilde
"We're just shining a spotlight on people who are Catholics who do not live the faith."

Like the pro-abortion, thiefing, above it all Kennedy, Kerry, Pelosi, Biden, etc. families.

I stopped attending Mass because the Church doesn't live up to the 10 Commandments when it comes to the maggots above and other liberals in MA.

Give the Church a large donation and you're burial is at the Cathedral in Boston.... s pfffft

7 posted on 10/24/2010 8:53:47 AM PDT by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: Albion Wilde
It appears to me, having participated in many a donneybrook on the FR Religion Forum, that the "dissenters" in the Catholic Church actually are the conservatives.
8 posted on 10/24/2010 8:56:09 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: ArrogantBustard

Didn’t mean to imply withold from all...of course, a right-thinking Parrish deserves support. Yet, you must realize they still have to pay tribute to the hierarchy....


9 posted on 10/24/2010 8:56:28 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: ArrogantBustard

You also have to know where all your donations are going. Just giving to the church is not enough. Look at the budget of the church, where are they spending the money? Don’t go for the idea of putting all money into the general fund. If you are active in a fund raiser for a specific purpose, demand that the money raised be used specifically for that purpose. People need to get involved more or don’t complain. It is said that a mere 10% of people really get involved. If people just give a hour a week of there time, aside from Mass, this would really help. Think about and give a little of your time.


10 posted on 10/24/2010 8:57:00 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Gaffer

Please understand that if you give money to a “conservative” novus ordo church, that money will still flow up to the next level and fund inappropriate training programs, pay off boyfriends, etc. You ought to find a good trad parish if this sort of thing bothers you.


11 posted on 10/24/2010 9:03:21 AM PDT by fire4effect
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To: Albion Wilde

Apostates and heretics most effected. .


12 posted on 10/24/2010 9:13:30 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: Albion Wilde

Apostates and heretics most effected. .


13 posted on 10/24/2010 9:14:33 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: fire4effect

See post # 9


14 posted on 10/24/2010 9:14:48 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Albion Wilde

Catholics complain, and rightfully so, that the church isn’t catholic enough.

They are called “Taliban Catholics”.

Hmmmmph. Sounds all too familiar.

My family is struggling right now with our “catholic” school and parish - secularism and liberalism (which of course had been creeping in for a long, long time) is rampant throughout, including with most parishioners.

I am glad to see this is picking up some steam. As it grows, we will see what the church is really about.


15 posted on 10/24/2010 9:14:49 AM PDT by Yooper4Life (They all lie.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

*** It appears to me, having participated in many a donneybrook on the FR Religion Forum, that the “dissenters” in the Catholic Church actually are the conservatives. ***


Agreed, but without me having participated in the FR Religion Forum. From what I see in my parish and read online, true catholics are conservatives.


16 posted on 10/24/2010 9:19:30 AM PDT by Yooper4Life (They all lie.)
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To: GonzoII

Has Uncle Fulty ever commented on Vatican II? If so, can you give references?


17 posted on 10/24/2010 9:20:22 AM PDT by 353FMG (Sooner or later we will have to make the choice between ISLAM or America,)
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To: Gaffer; RC2

I agree; you both make good points.


18 posted on 10/24/2010 9:25:32 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: 353FMG

Has Uncle Fulty ever commented on Vatican II? If so, can you give references?

I know he was at the council.


19 posted on 10/24/2010 9:25:32 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: Yooper4Life
The sheer vitriol directed at Vatican II on the FR RF is the very epitome of dissent. It is to me at least, as the descendant of a long line of Protestant dissenters, going all the way back to England, Scotland, Ireland, Alsace, Pfalz, the Rhineland, Canton Basel, Switzerland and Lyons, France.

Dissent away, I say. There is no perfect church of men and there are no perfect men to create an hierarchy. The Church is the body of believers.

There is much to find objectionable in Vatican II.

But, deluding oneself into the mainstream when one is not leads nowhere.

20 posted on 10/24/2010 9:31:06 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: fire4effect
Define "trad parish".

If, by that, you mean SSPX, SSPV, etc ...

No. Never. Not in a million years.

If you mean FSSP, CRSJC, etc ... that certainly qualifies as "parishes, orders ... that are genuinely Catholic".

21 posted on 10/24/2010 9:32:20 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Aside from a handful of radical traditionalists, you will find almost NO vitriol directed at Vatican II.

You will find a great deal of "vitriol" directed at the spurious "spirit of Vatican II". You will find vitriol directed at the many violations of Catholic tradition, Tradition, doctrine and dogma which some folks committed in the name of the "spirit of Vatican II" and in violation of the Council itself.

Perhaps you would have to be Catholic to understand the difference, although I think otherwise. I think willingness to listen to the Catholics, in honesty and charity, would suffice.

22 posted on 10/24/2010 9:37:19 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

You’ve got a cadré of these “bloggers” on FR who are not exactly demonstrative of any willingness to listen to anyone but themselves, not listening in honesty and not in charity, certainly not to “the likes of me.” I extend that courtesy in kind.

You’ve got apostates and agnostics putting forth rote recitations of purported church history while believing none of it spiritually, being treated as allies and experts by these “bloggers.”

It’s gotten ugly, here at least. Destroying any common cause you may have with conservative Christians outside your church is counterproductive in the extreme, and that’s exactly what’s happening.


23 posted on 10/24/2010 9:48:25 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: ArrogantBustard

The problem this morning is my spelling. It must be Sunday or sumpin.


24 posted on 10/24/2010 9:48:47 AM PDT by RC2
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To: RegulatorCountry

Indeed: http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/RevealingStatistics.html#Sec4


25 posted on 10/24/2010 10:08:08 AM PDT by daniel1212 ( ("Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out," Acts 3:19))
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To: Albion Wilde
8.5Los Angeles Times (extensive) nationwide survey (2002). Arthur Jones, 2002 National Catholic Reporter. Gale Group. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1141/is_2_39/ai_94129129/pg_2 7
26 posted on 10/24/2010 10:12:26 AM PDT by daniel1212 ( ("Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out," Acts 3:19))
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To: RegulatorCountry
It’s gotten ugly, here at least. Destroying any common cause you may have with conservative Christians outside your church is counterproductive in the extreme, and that’s exactly what’s happening.

Tell it to the "protestants" on that thread with fourteen thousand posts (and counting). Tell it to the "protestants" who snark and sneer at Pope Benedict, or any other Catholic clergyman, even when said Catholic is saying things that the "protestants" actually agree with. "Purported church history"??? I see a whole lot of that from "protestants" ...

As for you ...

You've got a cadre of protestant "bloggers" on FR who regularly demonstrate a willingness to listen only to themselves, to warp and misrepresent the statements of others, and (if that fails) to fabricate offensive beliefs and impute said beliefs to others.

DON'T prattle to me about the poor oppressed, put-upon protestant. Ten years ago, I signed on to this forum seeing Protestant Christians as brothers in Christ. The behaviour of some self-so-called "Christians" of a protestant variety on this forum makes it very difficult for me to see protestantism in general as anything other than demonic trash. Again, take a look at the protestants on the fourteen thousand post thread. Any contempt those foul folk receive, they have invited.

It may well be wrong to hold them in contempt rather than pray for their repentance and conversion to Christ, but it's an understandable wrong. Have you ever rebuked your co-religionists for their excesses, or do you reserve your rebukes for Catholics?

27 posted on 10/24/2010 10:18:03 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: xtinct

MA and other states show a casual connection between religion (and money and education) and moral views , and you might find this chart interesting: http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/Statistical_Correlations.html

Most who leave the Catholic church do so for reasons of spiritual life.


28 posted on 10/24/2010 10:21:14 AM PDT by daniel1212 ( ("Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out," Acts 3:19))
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To: ArrogantBustard

I’ve only spoken for myself, ArrogantBustard. I do note that you knew exactly what I was referencing.

I’d actually found the conservative resurgence within your church to be an encouraging development. Then, the wild-eyed ultra-whatevers turned up and spent more time attacking fellow conservative Christians than in attempting to correct their own situation.

You do as you please, I’m done with it. I asked your cohorts to reconsider their approach, noted that it was destructive. “The likes of me” have no value to you, however.

Carry on.


29 posted on 10/24/2010 10:31:41 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: ArrogantBustard

As an evangelical I see misrepresentations and arrogant attitudes on both sides, and while rebukes have their place, reasoned and objective analysis with souls who seek the same are not often found, but can be. Threads with multitude posters also easily degenerate in a lower level, while when you have posters contending that their church is the one true church, based upon its claim to be so, and others opposing, which it often seems to be the order, it should be expected that lengthy threads follows.


30 posted on 10/24/2010 10:35:10 AM PDT by daniel1212 ( ("Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out," Acts 3:19))
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To: daniel1212

What does any of that have to do with the thread topic? Surely your comment would not be an attempt at a thread hijack?

Surely not.


31 posted on 10/24/2010 10:38:22 AM PDT by don-o ("At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum" - Mrs Don-o)
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To: RegulatorCountry
I do note that you knew exactly what I was referencing.

That thread, like so many others, was a sewer from page one, and it's character as such had nothing to do with any agnostic.

I’d actually found the conservative resurgence within your church to be an encouraging development.

Wonderful ... some folks see us as the worst thing since Ghengis Khan.

32 posted on 10/24/2010 11:01:44 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Again, I have not participated in FR RF, but to me the “epitome of dissent” is something more than simple forum commentary/complaints.

If it is be effective, dissent and corresponding action needs to foster in local parishes, communities and on up.

No disagreement that men are not perfect, but a catholic, or any christian, body that reflects nothing more than the broader secular society is not really a “church body” as most understand that term. In other words, what’s the point?

Not sure what you mean about “deluding oneself in the mainstream”, but I do know that every movement must start somewhere. If there is no movement, or if the movement discussed in the article does not grow, christian churches/parishes are doomed to fail and simply fold into the larger secular “mainstream” society.

Kind of like how today is and has been “World Mission Sunday” in the Catholic church, BUT is now seemingly being co-opted as “United Nations Day” and “Global Oneness Day”. Hmmmmm....

The beat goes on...


33 posted on 10/24/2010 11:07:27 AM PDT by Yooper4Life (They all lie.)
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To: don-o

The topic is about modern day Catholic reformers, while the responses (inevitably) have touched on the Prot. vs. RC debate, and my stats evidence that the reformers have a lot of work to do, but also touches on the introduced issue.


34 posted on 10/24/2010 11:19:26 AM PDT by daniel1212 ( ("Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out," Acts 3:19))
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To: daniel1212

Some men with hammers look at everything as a nail.


35 posted on 10/24/2010 11:51:46 AM PDT by don-o ("At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum" - Mrs Don-o)
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To: ArrogantBustard

LOL! My wife and children were putting pro-life voting guides on the cars in the local baptist mega-church this morning.

One of the pastors came out and threw them off their property. Good thing I wasn’t with them.


36 posted on 10/24/2010 12:33:15 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM (Liberalism is infecund.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

What would you have done to the mega church pastor?


37 posted on 10/24/2010 12:48:12 PM PDT by fire4effect
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To: fire4effect
I would have evangelized him, asked him how he could claim to be a Christian pastor of souls if he wasn't willing to stand up "For the least of my brothers."

I donated office space for over five years to one of his peers locally, a baptist minister than ran a crisis pregnancy counseling center out of the second floor of my medical office. A member of his church council sits on the board of that crisis pregnancy center. I cannot comprehend the moral cowardice this pastor displayed this morning.

38 posted on 10/24/2010 12:58:04 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM (Liberalism is infecund.)
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In light of #38, I say too bad you weren't with them. Mr. Mega Church Pastor is in serious need of evangelizing.
39 posted on 10/24/2010 1:29:02 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard; daniel1212; RegulatorCountry; fire4effect

We have two “mega churches” locally, the one already mentioned, which is independent baptist, and a large independent pentecostal church.

I met with the pastor of the pentecostal mega church years ago, and begged him to personally get involved in promoting pro-life work. I asked him if he would at least send a bus to the March For Life. He said he already had two going.

I responded, “You have two buses going to the March For Life?!? That’s terrific!”

He responded, “No, but I think there are two women who attend my church that go on the March.”

I asked him to organize a bus and preach on pro-life issues. I volunteered to speak on the topic. (I had gone to Haiti on a mission trip with him and his church, and he knew me well.)

He steadfastly refused. He said it would upset the charism and mission of his particlar church.

How can you claim to be filled with the Holy Spirit yet refuse to get involved in pro-life work? How can you be a fundamental (i.e., baptist) minister, and throw Christian pro-lifers off your property for handing out pro-life voters guides? (I stopped being impressed with evangelical and born again Christians years ago, though there are notable saintly exceptions. Their behavior in general on the FR RF didn’t help.)


40 posted on 10/24/2010 1:56:10 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM (Liberalism is infecund.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Very interesting article Mr. Wilde. Thanks for posting it!


41 posted on 10/24/2010 1:59:08 PM PDT by SoCal SoCon
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

You are the exception rather than the rule in your own church, yet seek partisan advantage by trotting out undocumented examples of failure to appreciate the necessity of being Pro-Life as a Christian in churches other than your own.

It’s a wonder, then, that there exists such a wide swath of Pro-Life sentiment in public life and Pro-Life political reality that is quite clearly the result of efforts outside your church.

Log, meet eye. Tend to it first. This is exactly what I was referencing.


42 posted on 10/24/2010 2:07:44 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

You started the attacks on this thread, FRiend. I simply returned the favor. Mote and Beam, and good day to you.


43 posted on 10/24/2010 2:12:19 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM (Liberalism is infecund.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
You are the exception rather than the rule in your own church

There would be no pro-life movement without the Catholic Church, and only the Catholic Church addresses the root of the problem.

See The Connection between Contraception and Abortion

Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the recent Supreme Court decision that confirmed Roe v. Wade, stated, “in some critical respects abortion is of the same character as the decision to use contraception . . . . for two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.”

The Supreme Court decision has made completely unnecessary any efforts to “expose” what is really behind the attachment of the modern age to abortion. As the Supreme Court candidly states, we need abortion so that we can continue our contraceptive lifestyles.


44 posted on 10/24/2010 2:15:12 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM (Liberalism is infecund.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

If pointing out that you and your fellow bloggers are in fact the dissenters in your church at this time is an “attack,” then guilty as charged. When the truth seems like an attack, the problem is not mine, however.

It’s apparently quite tempting for individuals residing in largely unchurched areas such as the northeast and the west coast, to believe that the Catholic Church is the only entity involved in promoting a culture of life and subverting the culture of death. All I can say is, you need to get out more.

Such provincialism does not serve anyone well, nor does using such an important matter in order to seek partisan advantage over your fellow conservative Christians, for whatever selfish reason you deem important enough to do so, particularly when agnostics are being treated as friends and allies, while southern Evangelists are being treated as enemies.

You are plainly wrong in this and are too prideful to see it, in my opinion.


45 posted on 10/24/2010 2:24:08 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
you and your fellow bloggers are in fact the dissenters in your church

Here's my blogs:

Summorum Pontificum

Latin in Patton

Faith, Reason, and Health

Kindly document anything I have posted in my blogs or on this forum that represents dissent from Roman Catholicism, or retract your obvious lie.

46 posted on 10/24/2010 2:32:10 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM (Liberalism is infecund.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
You are plainly wrong in this and are too prideful to see it, in my opinion.

Great, I'm glad to hear I'm wrong. Please point out to me which non-Catholic Christian leaders are addressing the root cause of legalized abortion according to SCOTUS, which stated in Planned Parenthood v. Casey,

“in some critical respects abortion is of the same character as the decision to use contraception . . . . for two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.”


47 posted on 10/24/2010 2:36:33 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM (Liberalism is infecund.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
It’s apparently quite tempting for individuals residing in largely unchurched areas such as the northeast

I'm in west central PA, which has a very large Catholic population. Are you implying that Catholic regions are "unchurched"?

48 posted on 10/24/2010 2:42:12 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM (Liberalism is infecund.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

You appeal to authority, I’ve looked at what’s actually occurred. You rely on words, I see actions that belie the words on a very broad scale within your church.

I’ve applauded efforts to regain control of your hierarchy by conservative Christians. It’s taken a very bad turn of late, though. How does attacking Christians who are not part of your church further your attempts to correct matters within your church?

It doesn’t. You’re collectively mistaking ungodly academics for your friends while creating enemies of likeminded individuals.

No good will come of it. If these bloggers, yourself included apparently, cannot see this, then you’re about to do much harm to the Church, which is the body of believers. Not to mention the political ramifications.

Step back and reassess how you’re going about what you’re doing. Or, you can continue circling the wagons, defending the corruption within your ranks and attacking other Christians who are not part of your church due to ancestors not wanting to partake of uncorrected corruption in centuries past.

Your choice. Have a good evening.


49 posted on 10/24/2010 3:08:16 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: ArrogantBustard
Wonderful ... some folks see us as the worst thing since Ghengis Khan.

That's POPE Ghengis!

50 posted on 10/24/2010 3:33:16 PM PDT by Legatus (Keep calm and carry on)
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