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Vatican announces indulgences for World Youth Day
CNS ^ | Carol Glatz

Posted on 07/09/2013 10:22:45 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To help encourage prayers for a spiritually fruitful World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, the Vatican announced July 9 that Pope Francis authorized a special indulgence for those who attend the event's liturgies and prayer services or follow along online in the proper spirit of prayer and contrition.

Pope Francis decreed that World Youth Day participants can receive one plenary, or full, indulgence a day if they meet the usual conditions. World Youth Day runs July 23-28; the pope arrives July 22.

An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven.

The conditions necessary for receiving a plenary indulgence include having recently gone to confession, receiving the Eucharist and offering prayers for the intentions of the pope. The faithful must also carry the proper spirit of being "truly repentant and contrite" and participate in the gathering's sacred events and "pious exercises" with prayerful devotion.

Those who are "legitimately prevented" from being physically present in Rio may also obtain the indulgence as long as they meet the same prayerful and "spiritual and sacramental conditions" as well as participate "in spirit" in the sacred liturgies and prayer services via television, radio or "new means of social communication," the decree said.

The decree, signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, head of the Vatican office that deals with indulgences, said a partial indulgence is also available to all Catholics who, no matter where they are, offer prayers with the pope for young Catholics.

"With a contrite spirit, they will elevate fervent prayers to God, concluding with the official World Youth Day prayer" as well as prayers to the patroness of Brazil, Our Lady of Aparecida, and other saints, asking that they intercede on behalf of all young people to be "strengthened in the faith and live a holy life," it said.

The cardinal also asked priests around the world to make themselves available to hear the confessions of those who want the indulgence and to encourage public prayers for the success of World Youth Day.

The pope is set to hear the confessions of some of the young pilgrims in Rio's Quinta da Boa Vista Park July 26.


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Pope Francis decreed that World Youth Day participants can receive one plenary, or full, indulgence a day if they meet the usual conditions. World Youth Day runs July 23-28; the pope arrives July 22. An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven.

The conditions necessary for receiving a plenary indulgence include having recently gone to confession, receiving the Eucharist and offering prayers for the intentions of the pope. The faithful must also carry the proper spirit of being "truly repentant and contrite" and participate in the gathering's sacred events and "pious exercises" with prayerful devotion. Those who are "legitimately prevented" from being physically present in Rio may also obtain the indulgence as long as they meet the same prayerful and "spiritual and sacramental conditions" as well as participate "in spirit" in the sacred liturgies and prayer services via television, radio or "new means of social communication," the decree said.

The decree, signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, head of the Vatican office that deals with indulgences, said a partial indulgence is also available to all Catholics who, no matter where they are, offer prayers with the pope for young Catholics.

1 posted on 07/09/2013 10:22:45 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

Sorry but indulgences seem to me to be a license to do what you want and then go say a few prayers......


2 posted on 07/09/2013 10:24:16 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Alex Murphy
Thank you! I wasn't aware of this; I'm glad you brought it to my attention.

FYI

3 posted on 07/09/2013 10:27:38 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

**The conditions necessary for receiving a plenary indulgence include having recently gone to confession, receiving the Eucharist and offering prayers for the intentions of the pope. The faithful must also carry the proper spirit of being “truly repentant and contrite” and participate in the gathering’s sacred events and “pious exercises” with prayerful devotion.**

Isn’t it amazing. Confession, Communion, Prayer, Proper Attitude

That’s all!


4 posted on 07/09/2013 10:33:07 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Alex Murphy
Would someone enlighten this Baptist?

What do they mean the "remission of the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven."


5 posted on 07/09/2013 10:36:00 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN
1) No, and to call the "pennance" assigned in confession a "punishment" is rather to miss the point. Prayer is better understood as a practical step away from sin and toward Our Lord.

2) No

3) Yes

6 posted on 07/09/2013 10:41:50 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Whenever a coin in the coffer rings another soul from purgatory springs.


7 posted on 07/09/2013 10:45:18 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Alex Murphy

It’s time they did away with indulgences. And the red shoes and the flowing dresses.


8 posted on 07/09/2013 10:49:00 AM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: Nifster
Sorry but indulgences seem to me to be a license to do what you want and then go say a few prayers......

No, that license would be the false doctrine of "onced saved, always saved".

9 posted on 07/09/2013 10:51:32 AM PDT by Al Hitan (Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.)
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To: I want the USA back
Yeah ... time they did away with that silly trinity thing, too ... get with the times ... that stupid "bible" they read from is so ten minutes ago ...

Time they got with the program ... start sanctioning gay marriage, and contraception, and abortion, and woman priests ... quit being so sexist and homophobic.

10 posted on 07/09/2013 10:52:07 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: circlecity

Is that your belief?


11 posted on 07/09/2013 10:52:55 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: circlecity
Whenever a coin in the coffer rings another soul from purgatory springs.

You do know that you don't buy indulgences with money any more?

12 posted on 07/09/2013 11:02:44 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: ArrogantBustard
"Is that your belief?"

LOL - heavens no - my theology is as reformed as it comes. It was a quote from Johann Tetzel. I guess I should have added a scarcasm tag.

13 posted on 07/09/2013 11:05:07 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Alex Murphy
"You do know that you don't buy indulgences with money any more?"

You do know that you never could, don't you? You did get a nice piece of paper with a fancy seal - but that's all.

14 posted on 07/09/2013 11:10:29 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: ArrogantBustard
Thank you! I wasn't aware of this; I'm glad you brought it to my attention. FYI

You're welcome.

15 posted on 07/09/2013 11:16:38 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: circlecity
You do know that you never could, don't you? You did get a nice piece of paper with a fancy seal - but that's all.

Used to be you could get a set rate for a job - everything's T&M these days.

16 posted on 07/09/2013 11:19:15 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: circlecity
You should also add an "Even Catholics don't believe that" tag.

If, in the future, you follow some such nonsense as that with "ECDBT" ... we'll know what you mean.

Just a suggestion.

17 posted on 07/09/2013 11:19:45 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Nice ...

My pastor used to be Presbyterian.

18 posted on 07/09/2013 11:22:51 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
"You should also add an "Even Catholics don't believe that" tag."

Who knows what they believe this week? - I sure can't keep up with it. I'll just stick with the sarcasm tag. /s

19 posted on 07/09/2013 11:24:38 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: circlecity
I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial
with the Father;
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic,
and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection
of the dead and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

New American Bible

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Now ... maybe you agree with some of that ... maybe you agree with none of that ... That's for you to say.

But if you're even remotely interested in the topic, there's no excuse for not knowing what Catholics believe. There's not even a shred of an excuse for pretending that Catholic belief is in flux on a weekly basis and is therefore unknowable.

Seriously.

20 posted on 07/09/2013 11:31:26 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: circlecity
Who knows what they believe this week? - I sure can't keep up with it.

Me neither. Yesterday a Catholic told me that Catholics didn't write the Bible!

21 posted on 07/09/2013 11:32:30 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: Alex Murphy
Yesterday a Catholic told me that Catholics didn't write the Bible!

Wow ... that one will him cost double time in purgatory.

22 posted on 07/09/2013 11:44:49 AM PDT by dartuser
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To: ArrogantBustard

Thanks

The whole purgatory business never made sense to me.


23 posted on 07/09/2013 12:21:02 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Al Hitan
"Sorry but indulgences seem to me to be a license to do what you want and then go say a few prayers......" "No, that license would be the false doctrine of "onced saved, always saved"."

It would be, if it wasn't for those pesky other doctrines.


24 posted on 07/09/2013 12:28:20 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Al Hitan
"Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin".
"If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed."
"For I know whom I have believed and I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day."
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. "

It is a very nice feeling to know I can't screw up so bad that God will turn his back on me. He might Chastise me sure, but my ticket to Heaven is punched, paid for by the Blood of Christ.

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

25 posted on 07/09/2013 12:41:03 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

Christ also sais this: http://biblehub.com/matthew/5-26.htm


26 posted on 07/09/2013 12:49:02 PM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: ImaGraftedBranch
Christ also sais this: http://biblehub.com/matthew/5-26.htm

Yes, but in context that was part of a parable of reconciling with your brother rather than being thrown in prison. It's not really applicable to salvation.

Nor is it applicable to sin. For if we must pay the "full penny" for sin", then we must suffer the second death and Christ's sacrifice is of no effect.

It's just good advice to make good on your debts and don't get thrown into prison.

27 posted on 07/09/2013 12:54:02 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Alex Murphy
An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven.

If the sin if forgiven, there's nothing left to be punished for.

If there's punishment for a sin, then it hasn't been forgiven.

Do Catholics actually think through what they are taught and choose to believe?

Do they understand at all what forgiveness means?

28 posted on 07/09/2013 1:47:54 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Alex Murphy
The conditions necessary for receiving a plenary indulgence include having recently gone to confession, receiving the Eucharist and offering prayers for the intentions of the pope. The faithful must also carry the proper spirit of being "truly repentant and contrite" and participate in the gathering's sacred events and "pious exercises" with prayerful devotion.

IOW, they have to be good enough to be accepted.

The Catholic church is the perfect breeding grounds for developing a spirit of rejection.

29 posted on 07/09/2013 1:49:28 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Salvation
Hebrews 10:12-18 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” 17 then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Colossians 2:13-14 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Isn't it amazing? If we confess our sins, we are forgiven. Period.

30 posted on 07/09/2013 1:56:12 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: ArrogantBustard
If, in the future, you follow some such nonsense as that with "ECDBT" ... we'll know what you mean.

"ECDBT" Aren't those the cards that gas stations advertise they accept?

31 posted on 07/09/2013 1:57:30 PM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: tnlibertarian

heh ...

trying to come up with words for the “C” and “D” ...


32 posted on 07/09/2013 1:59:14 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Nifster

exactly. It is wrong in so many ways


33 posted on 07/09/2013 2:01:20 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: ArrogantBustard

Go ahead and sin but feel bad about it later. lol


34 posted on 07/09/2013 2:04:24 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
Go ahead and sin but feel bad about it later

Is that what you believe?

ECDBT.

35 posted on 07/09/2013 2:05:24 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard; GeronL
Go ahead and sin but feel bad about it later

Based on how I see virtually every Catholic I know lives, that sums it up pretty well.

36 posted on 07/09/2013 2:07:52 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: GeronL
I see that you are posting a reply to my Post #20, which contains:

1) The Nicene Creed.

2) A link to the Holy Bible.

3) A link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

None of these things contains your belief that one may "Go ahead and sin but feel bad about it later. lol."

Your belief is very strange, and not Christian.

37 posted on 07/09/2013 2:08:05 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: metmom
Based on how I see virtually every Catholic I know lives, that sums it up pretty well.

I cannot comment on the sort of people with whom you choose to associate. I can comment that your alleged observation is completely inconsistent with my observation of Catholics.

38 posted on 07/09/2013 2:11:54 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Nifster; Alex Murphy
Not so. I think you missed the part, thoughtfully put in bold letters by Alex, that says "if they meet the usual conditions."

"The usual conditions" means repentance and confession of sin, asking the mercy of God and with a firm purpose of amendment, i.e. to correct the wrongs done --- if it is in your power---- and, with the help of God , to sin no more and avoid the near occasions of sin.

If a person thought he was pulling the wool over God's eyes by confessing without repentance and asking for indulgence without any intention of truly turning away from sin, that person would be a fool; and he would be offending God yet again with his trifling or sacrilegious attitude.

I think any reasonable person could see this.

39 posted on 07/09/2013 5:55:05 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (All the love, half the fat.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Then why do people in the roman church go to confession every week????


40 posted on 07/09/2013 5:56:22 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster
"Then why do people in the roman church go to confession every week????"

Oh, if only I were as devout as you say! It's been six weeks for me, and if I don't go tomorrow I will feel I've got a terrible back-inventory to account for.

You might more accurately have asked, "Why do really devout, holy Catholics --- for instance, many of the canonized saints --- go to Confession every week????"

I suppose for the same reason I wash my dishes on a fairly regular basis, launder my clothes, and weed my garden: because these things call for constant maintenance.

When I was a know-it-all quasi-Catholic-pagan at age 18, 20, 22 (i.e. back in the Jurassic) I went for, as I remember, years without Confession, though my sins were as Crayola Red. Now that I'm back in the fold, I find myself more and more aware of my faults.

Age does that.

Marriage, too... :o)

41 posted on 07/09/2013 6:08:33 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (All the love, half the fat.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

my understanding of confession is that one is supposed to confess your sins....the ones you committed since the last time you were at confession. Now if you have done your penance and truly repented then your behavior would have changed so why are you back at confession again????


42 posted on 07/09/2013 6:10:23 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster
Then why do people in the roman church go to confession every week????

Because Catholic theology holds that Christ's shed blood / forgiveness only covers past sins. They were forgiven last week, but then they sinned anew. They will need forgiveness again this week, else (should they die) they will die in their sins.

43 posted on 07/09/2013 6:11:39 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: Mrs. Don-o
When I was a know-it-all quasi-Catholic-pagan at age 18, 20, 22 (i.e. back in the Jurassic)
"When I was in first grade, the teacher told us that the President was married to the First Lady, and all I could think of was "Wow, I wonder if she ever saw any dinosaurs."
-- Steven Wright

44 posted on 07/09/2013 6:19:22 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: Nifster

Because I sinned again!

I presume you, too, examine your conscience from time to time?

Or do you say you are without sin?

45 posted on 07/09/2013 6:28:02 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (All the love, half the fat.)
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To: Alex Murphy

46 posted on 07/09/2013 6:30:43 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (All the love, half the fat.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Oh no.


47 posted on 07/09/2013 6:34:03 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Alex Murphy

Oh no.


48 posted on 07/09/2013 6:34:04 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Nifster

If you confess to a nicolaitan in a cage, you haven’t really confessed anything.

Confession (and repentance) has to be to Yehova to count.

Confession should be day by day, minute by minute if your heart is right. The catholic method keeps Yehova out of the loop, so that the nicolaitan in the cage can feel important.


49 posted on 07/09/2013 6:35:14 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

50 posted on 07/09/2013 6:36:12 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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