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Pope Francis I promises to be strong pro-life world leader
live action ^ | Lauren Enriquez

Posted on 03/13/2013 2:42:49 PM PDT by Morgana

The new leader of the Catholic Church, Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, promises to be a pre-eminent spokesperson making the case for life in the world. Taking the name Francis I, Cardinal Bergoglio has spent many years living a life of simplicity and poverty modeled after his patron, St. Francis of Assisi. According to Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, the new pope lives in a “simple and non-threatening way,” able to relate to the common person and converse on a level of familiarity with him.

It may have been from this heart of familiarity with common man and the challenges that the modern person often faces that Cardinal Bergoglio commented on the plight of unwed mothers in Argentina. Less than a year ago, he made the following comments to his priests:

In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today’s hypocrites… Those who separate the people of God from salvation. And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it’s baptized!

Truly, the life movement can expect great things from a Holy Father who holds the unborn and their mothers so very close to his heart.


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; conclave; deathpanels; obamacare; popefrancis; prolife; romancatholicism; zerocare
YES!
1 posted on 03/13/2013 2:42:49 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

So the Catholic Church now considers the baptism of children born out of wedlock to be some sort of reward, for not aborting the pregnancy???

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for people taking responsibility for the “pro-choices” they make, when it comes to “choosing” to have unprotected sex, etc etc etc...That’s a start I suppose...

Oh well...I guess we’ll see how well this all works out...


2 posted on 03/13/2013 2:53:33 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Morgana

Great but will he battle socialism with the same intensity?

If he is soft on socialism, onboard with social justice and against free market economics his stand on abortion and sexual choice is moot.

FWIW if a socialist promised to outlaw abortion that would not sway me. Socialists promise much but deliver not.


3 posted on 03/13/2013 2:55:19 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: stevie_d_64

...baptism of children born out of wedlock...

These, are the Innocents.


4 posted on 03/13/2013 3:01:37 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: stevie_d_64

Baptism’s not a “reward” for anything. It entirely has to do with the child, not the parents.


5 posted on 03/13/2013 3:01:40 PM PDT by mhx
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To: stevie_d_64

It is called not blaming the child for the sins of the parent.

After all the child may grow up to be better than the parents if encouraged by the church to do so.


6 posted on 03/13/2013 3:05:53 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Paisan

Sure, I can dig that...It’s not their fault...


7 posted on 03/13/2013 3:06:25 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: mhx

Baptism, in scripture, as promoted by Christ and the Apostles, is clearly an individual choice made by persons who understand what they are doing... not a reward, but an act of faith.


8 posted on 03/13/2013 3:10:11 PM PDT by Deathtomarxists (qucker fivepenny nine and two leaves down the plug bucket)
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To: stevie_d_64
So the Catholic Church now considers the baptism of children born out of wedlock to be some sort of reward, for not aborting the pregnancy???

You don't seem to be getting it.

9 posted on 03/13/2013 3:12:37 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: mhx

Well consider my upbringing and faith to understand that baptism is an acceptance of Christ as your savior, and that he died for your sins, your cognative acceptance of that fact is your ticket to eternity with him...

That’s why I have always wondered about the baptism of newborns...I believe you have to personally understand and accept the necessity of that act to recieve that blessing...

IIRC, children are saved, to a certain point, where baptism would be needed for the life you live after the learning of that lesson...

But that is just what I recall from my teachings...Obviously different from Catholisism, and other sacrament religious faiths...

Not trying to spark a debate on the differences of the faiths...


10 posted on 03/13/2013 3:14:07 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Many believe that we are in a spiritual war against an adversary that does not discriminate based on age. We seek protection, through baptism, for our children from Satan and all of his forces.

We may not fully understand this conflict, but we believe it exists, and that we are a part of it.

The choice one makes down the road, within the Catholic and many if not all of the protestant churches is referred to as Confirmation. It’s the confirmation of the vows made in baptism, when we had no choice.


11 posted on 03/13/2013 3:29:55 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: stevie_d_64

IIRC, children are saved, to a certain point, where baptism would be needed for the life you live after the learning of that lesson...

I have always been with you on this point too. As a non-Catholic, I have always been hesitant about this issue.

BUT, having been a student of the Scriptures for more than 40 years, I realize that the more I learn, the less I know.

From my studies, I have been fascinated by the Typological aspect of the Bible. e,g,, Baptism, as we know it, was first manifest by the Israelites passing through the divided waters of the Dead Sea (or, Reed Sea). The Israelites were, in effect, being Baptised by this miracle. It was a precursor of the Baptism rite as practiced by John the Baptist and, later, the Christian Church.

Other Old Testament miracles and events are then made manifest in the life of Christ. The Pascal Lamb, for example.

Anyway, many things which the Catholic Church practices had always been a stumbling block for me. The Virgin Mary, the Saints etc., etc.

I now know, that I just don’t know. But, I have been able to accept these things based upon the admonition that, to paraphrase, “that which you bind up on earth, shall be bound up in Heaven...”


12 posted on 03/13/2013 3:30:27 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: Deathtomarxists

And parents make the decision on behalf of their children to have them baptized. Thank God for that. We make the decision to bring them to the doctor or should we wait for our 3 month old to tell us to bring them to the doctor.

I seem to recall in scripture that many “households” would be baptized at the same time. I’m sure there were children in those households.


13 posted on 03/13/2013 3:45:36 PM PDT by diamond6 (Need scientific proof of God? Check out: http://www.magisreasonfaith.org/)
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To: stevie_d_64

Sure. I understand the point of view. :-)


14 posted on 03/13/2013 4:07:42 PM PDT by mhx
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To: RinaseaofDs

I believe you have the posture and sequence correct, at least as to my life. Can’t say I always in later life deserved/earned what was given to me.


15 posted on 03/13/2013 4:19:22 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: stevie_d_64

What happens to unbaptized children who die before the age of reason?


16 posted on 03/13/2013 4:26:00 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

“Jesus loves the little children of the world...Red or Yellow, Black or White...They are precious in his sight...”

So what that tells me he sees all, watches all, and wants them, at their time of choosing, and understanding, to accept him as their savior...

The ritual of baptism is simply accepting that fact, there is no set time for that to happen...

The age of reason is simply a point in one’s life that you are exposed to the word of God, have a good understanding of what he wishes for you in that life...It is a never ending learning experience, no one knows it all...Some kids get it earlier in life, some, it takes a while...It depends on the upbringing and level of exposure to the word of God...

I believe kids souls are protected to a certain point, and a decision has to be made, or not...No one can realistically (biblically) make that decision for them...Sometimes I get the feeling that infant baptisms are there to make the rest of us adults feel better in some cases...

That’s just the way I see it...


17 posted on 03/13/2013 4:43:21 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: stevie_d_64

That’s fine, except what you quoted isn’t scripture.

“Jesus loves the little children of the world...Red or Yellow, Black or White...They are precious in his sight”.

What *is* scriptural is that Jesus says, “let the little children come to me and do not hinder them”.


18 posted on 03/13/2013 4:45:07 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: stevie_d_64
So the Catholic Church now considers the baptism of children born out of wedlock to be some sort of reward, for not aborting the pregnancy???

Um, no. The Catholic Church doesn't believe that the innocent child should be denied baptism because of the circumstances of his or her birth.

19 posted on 03/13/2013 5:13:58 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: stevie_d_64
That’s why I have always wondered about the baptism of newborns...I believe you have to personally understand and accept the necessity of that act to recieve that blessing...

The parents bring the child for this first Sacrament of Initiation, and it is THEY who pledge to raise the child in the faith. At Confirmation, the child, now older, chooses freely to accept the final Sacrament of Initiation, and become an adult in the faith.

20 posted on 03/13/2013 5:20:33 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: RinaseaofDs

>>>Many believe that we are in a spiritual war against an adversary that does not discriminate based on age. We seek protection, through baptism, for our children from Satan and all of his forces.>>

Well said.


21 posted on 03/13/2013 5:33:30 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: Morgana

BTW the “I” designator is not used until the name has been used by subsequent popes.

For example, I am not Positive I unless some newbie decides to use the screen name Positive “II”.


22 posted on 03/13/2013 6:02:17 PM PDT by Positive (Nothing is sadder than to see a beautiful theory murdered by a gang of brutal facts.)
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To: JCBreckenridge

They go to Limbo.


23 posted on 03/13/2013 6:33:31 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: SuziQ

Well, thats what it sounds like to me...

Of course I am not Catholic, but the act of baptism, to me, is the cognative acceptance of Jesus Christ as your savior, and by baptism you are symbolically cleansed (dead) to your previous sins, and reborn into life with him...

If an innocent child is unaware, not understanding of that relationaship and acceptance of that blessing, why does it seem more of a feel-good ceremony for the adults in that childs life, rather than a true acceptance aforementioned???

God knows a persons heart, and if that person has not fully understood (age of reason) this concept, I haqve a pretty good feeling the God does not deny them an eternity with him due to the innocence (age) of a child, in this case...

That is my opinion, I do not deny anyone their opinion on the matter...

My feeling is God wants our relationship (with him) to be simple, personal, to continue to learn and apply the lessons of his word, and have duplication thru telling others about him and his love for everyone...

See y’all later...


24 posted on 03/14/2013 5:55:16 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: SuziQ

Just because a person is a single mom doesn’t mean they won’t raise the child in the faith. The odds are better that they will if they request baptism for their child and can go ahead with it.

Just personally, I had a co-worker whose parents were not allowed to get her baptized in the Catholic Church for some reason. She and her parents had a life-long bitterness against the Church and she became a Buddhist as an adult. She now has children, being raised Buddhist. So, the refusal to baptize has so far caused three generations to shun Jesus, and who knows how many will follow?

There are no guarantees that the mom will not abandon the faith or live in sin after the baptism, but there are no guarantees for the rest of us sinners, either.


25 posted on 03/14/2013 6:09:56 PM PDT by married21
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To: Morgana
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26 posted on 03/17/2013 3:35:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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