I know the difference between legal and illegal aliens, I'm second generation American born. I live with them. You didn't address the article, you addressed the religion of the person that talked about the article. Violin ballad? It's not hard, trust me I've seen the process that my grandparents, family, and friends go through to get to this country. It's a joke. No thanks, I know enough from personally seeing it.
No one should be molesting kids. Did I say they should, I said we had a lower rate of fucked up people in the priesthood. I didn't say all of them molested kids though, just because you're a pedophile does mean you are a child molester. I failed to see the horrific irony? YOu mean me, the guy that believes that those priests that hurt children should be hung from a tall tree? Me? Okay. I'm not sure what shuttle your launching, but have fun. And, no one has proven that Cardinal Roger Mahoney had knowledge of O'Grady's actions. There are accusations, but nothing concrete has come up that I have seen.
Yes, you are correct. But, he doesn't say that having physical possessions have no meaning.
When some people think of Vatican City, what they immediately picture is something like a wealthy kingdom, complete with palatial living accommodations for the pope and chests of gold tucked away in every corner, not to mention the fabulous collection of priceless art and artifacts. Looking at it that way, it's easy to see how some people would become indignant at what they think is an ostentatious and wasteful show of wealth.
But the truth is something quite different. While the main buildings are called the "Vatican Palace," it wasn't built to be the lavish living quarters of the pope. In fact, the residential part of the Vatican is relatively small. The greater portion of the Vatican is given over to purposes of art and science, administration of the Church's official business, and management of the palace in general. Quite a number of Church and administrative officials live in the Vatican with the pope, making it more like the Church's main headquarters.
As for the impressive art collection -- truly one of the finest in the world -- the Vatican views it as "an irreplaceable treasure," but not in monetary terms. The pope doesn't own these works of art and couldn't sell them if he wanted to; they're merely in the care of the Holy See. The art doesn't even provide the Church with wealth; actually, it's just the opposite. The Holy See invests quite a bit of its resources into the upkeep of the collection.
The truth of the matter is that the See has a fairly tight financial budget. So why keep the art? It goes back to a belief in the Church's role as a civilizing force in the world. Just like the medieval monks who carefully transcribed ancient texts so they would be available to future generations -- texts that otherwise would have been lost forever -- the Church continues to care for the arts so they will not be forgotten over time. In today's culture of death where the term "civilization" can only be used loosely, the Church's civilizing mission is as important today as it ever was.
Well, you'd be wrong. The Catholic Church created the Bible. And, if you think that the only book you need is the Bible, then show me in the Bible where it says that.
I am in the word myself. I've read through Bible 4.5 times now. I listen to it everyday during Mass, during the Liturgy of the Hours, personal reading, studying in the morning. Sorry, I'd rather follow what the Early Church Fathers (which is far from anything but Catholic and its Tradition) were taught and knew of the word then trust my own interpretations.
So, you're saying every priest has a kid under his robe? You're really not helping your argument.
Well, I would suggest you get a RSV Bible, better translation. Correct too.
Let's take a look at this little verse, let me get on my glasses, and pull out my handy dandy Bible and see what it says.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber; but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
10:1 the sheepfold: Probably a stone wall enclosure with a single entryway, used to protect flocks at night from thieves and predators. Only the shepherd would be recognized and admitted by the designated gatekeeper (10:3). The whole illustration gives a realistic portrayal of pastoral conditions in ancient Palestine (10:1-16).
10:2 is has reference to Feed of the Five Thousand, 6:34 "As he landed he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
6:34 sheep without a shepherd: A familiar simle from the OT. It generally depicts Israel's need for spiritual leadership (Num 27:17; 1 Kings 22:17; Jud 11:19; Jer 23:1-3; Zech 10:2) Ultimately God himself promised to shepherd his sheep through the Messiah (Ezek 34:23; Jn 10:11-16)
And, Jesus did make it so that his sheep would recognize their shepherd. He created the Magisterial priesthood. Before that, Jewish people were being led astray for believing the wrong thing or the wrong teacher. With the Catholic Church, it is one truth, one teaching. The markings of the Church are very distinct and the sheep can tell the difference between a thief or a predator or their shepherd.