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1 posted on 03/16/2013 11:03:44 AM PDT by marshmallow
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The challenges inside the Vatican and the Catholic Church are familiar, and they are of concern to every Christian who longs for a healthy body. Two cardinals, Keith O'Brien (Scotland) and Roger Mahony (Los Angeles), are just the latest Catholic leaders who stand accused of wrongdoing. Several priests allege that O'Brien initiated "inappropriate" behavior, possibly sexual, with them. Court documents reveal that Mahony relocated priests, known to be sexually abusive, to shield them from prosecution. In addition, a money-laundering scandal has tainted the Vatican's reputation of integrity. And the so-called Vatileaks scandal has pulled back the curtain on infighting and factionalism within the potent Catholic curia, the leadership core.
A lame-duck pope. A secret dossier. Rumors of a gay cabal. A cardinal accused of "inappropriate" behavior. The Vatican is in an uproar, and church scholars say there hasn't been this much drama surrounding a conclave since 1800, when Pope Pius VI died while being held prisoner by Napoleon. One Vatican watcher says you have to go back to 1730 — when Pope Benedict XIII's right-hand man fled Rome in disguise amid allegations of corruption — to find a conclave buffeted by this much scandal....

....The pope's historic Feb. 11 announcement has been overshadowed, however, by an extraordinary wave of revelations and accusations. There were calls for cardinals accused of mishandling the sex-abuse crisis to abstain from voting. Then came a report that Britain's top cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien had been accused of bad behavior by priests, followed by his resignation on Monday. Over the weekend, the Vatican had to deny an Italian newspaper report that Pope Benedict abdicated because an internal probe into the so-called Vatileaks mess had uncovered a network of gay priests who were being blackmailed. Now comes the news that the pope will only let two people see the report on the document leaks — himself and his successor — despite calls for the Holy See to become more transparent....
-- from the thread 'Amateur hour': Vatican conclave drama is one for the history books, experts say


2 posted on 03/16/2013 11:15:32 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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Catholicism’s central truth, the Eucharist, The Mass, the authority of the Petrine Ministry to teach one truth, is directly antithetical to the beliefs of all other Christian religions. There aren’t many pathways to heaven. If so why proclaim one teaching and one truth? If Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, are all valid alternative paths to God, then the life and death of the Christ was superfluous.


3 posted on 03/16/2013 11:16:40 AM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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What this world needs more than anything is wise, competent leadership.


5 posted on 03/16/2013 11:19:19 AM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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A Lutheran told me yesterday: “The Pope is the spiritual leader of all Christians.” It appears that only American snake handlers disagree.


8 posted on 03/16/2013 12:01:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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Ireapect the Pope as the head of a religious denomination. He is no different from the head of my Southern Baptist denomination.
14 posted on 03/16/2013 12:39:09 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in thee shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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"The influx of cradle Catholics by the millions into evangelical and charismatic congregations is historic. It shows few signs of tapering off."

A lot of that, I'm sure, is the result of the push of liberal Catholic priests and leaders toward Liberation Theology in Latin America. The new Pope was one of the Jesuits who pushed AGAINST Liberation Theology, as a young Jesuit, and as a result, was banished to the hinterlands to teach and preach. He was brought back to Buenos Aires by Pope John Paul II, when he made Bergoglio a Bishop. This, I'm sure, didn't make the liberal Jesuits very happy, and they were even more annoyed when Bergoglio was made a Cardinal, and didn't have to answer to the Jesuit Provincial anymore.

I haven't ready anything yet in "America", the Jesuit magazine, about the new Pope, but I'm curious about what they have to say. He is 'for the poor', but not in the way the Jesuits in Latin America have done it.

27 posted on 03/16/2013 1:25:44 PM PDT by SuziQ
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What I’ve read, and it was in European press, not a word about it stateside, is that the Pope’s immediate problem with the Jesuits is what was called ‘homoheresy’ among the U.S. Jesuits.


28 posted on 03/16/2013 1:29:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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51 posted on 03/21/2013 7:25:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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