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Pope Francis offered ten specific reasons:
1. The Church no longer offers anything meaningful or important.
2. The Church appears too weak.
3. The Church appears too distant from their needs.
4. The Church appears too poor to respond to their concerns.
5. The Church appears too cold.
6. The Church appears too caught up with itself.
7. The Church appears to be a prisoner of its own rigid formulas.
8. The world seems to have made the Church a relic of the past.
9. The Church appears unfit to answer the world's new questions.
10. The Church speaks to people in their infancy but not when they come of age.

Note what doesn't appear in the list. The Catholic Church uses Jesus Christ and the Bible as afterthoughts.

39 posted on 08/17/2013 8:30:21 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Thus, my opponent's argument falls.")
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**Note what doesn’t appear in the list. The Catholic Church uses Jesus Christ and the Bible as afterthoughts.**

Not true!!!

The Catholic Church uses the Bible everyday with the Liturgy of the Word read during Mass. It’s been posted for how many years, now, alex? Did you even notice?

Jesus Christ is the center of the Mass in the second half — the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Have you ever attended a Catholic Mass and really followed along?


46 posted on 08/17/2013 8:48:04 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Note what doesn't appear in the list. The Catholic Church uses Jesus Christ and the Bible as afterthoughts.

Jesus Christ, the spiritual need that seekers know they need but haven't found yet. When those seekers hear The Gospel and Believe that seeking ends and our Born Again brothers and sisters begin the process of sanctification.

64 posted on 08/17/2013 10:21:56 AM PDT by wmfights
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