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February 22nd, 2011
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DA in Philly priest case speaks out

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams speaks with CNN's Kyra Phillips about the charges of a sex abuse cover up.

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  1. TellMe

    CatholicMom, I have to say something that may surprise you, and anybody else reading this. Inasmuch as I fell I am partially right, when I answered your two questions above, it is with a different mind I write.
    Everything happens for a reason. While I was preparing to come on here, and do a totally different post to you, I stumbled across something. Its something I think I was met to come across, by the will of God.

    I can say, that I understand you desire now to stay where you are, but be vilgilant, and above all, please do two things,ok?
    Read your bible, and WATCH what happens within your church. Don't be so quick to be angered by things pointed out to you by others. There is some elemnts of truth, that you must be vigilant to note. If you are one of the strong ones who can stay instead of leave, that is good, and i will not call you out for it, as I would have.
    Be also understanding to some, that cannot stay, for they too, love Jeus Christ as much as you, but mayby they have a different call to the service of God, but for the same end result of you want. In other words, be loving towards your sisters and brothers, and above all, make following Christ your number one objective. Because you are all on the same page, with just a different mission, but still the end result, being the same as I said before.
    My eyes have been opened to something, I don't want to share it, at least not yet. Forgive my initial arrogance, I guess I was disgusted with the same "pitch" which I think still goes on, that you are all lovers of Christ, but fighting amongst yourselves to be number one with him.
    Kind of like 6 kids fighting over who the parents love more, or favor more.
    I tell you that you better all stand strong TOGETHER..for there is an evil that is trying to cause much grief, like the world has never known.
    No, I have not lost my mind. I just came across something tonight, and it cemented what I have thought all along.
    Now I feel the need to tell you these things. I feel God has shown me something, and that I was meant to find this.
    This, a change in the way I see things, at least from the last few days.
    I am sorry I do not feel like I can present exactly what it is, but I feel all in good time, if you do what I said, he that is faithful and loves you all, will show you himself. I am not sure even if I didi tell you, that you could accept it yet.

    I am leaving this post board, after this post. I feel I have been here for a reason, and now its time for me, to move on. I wish you and all the people here the best, and hope everybody see's the error of thier ways, and turns around before its too late.
    Jesus Christ Bless and Keep you all!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  2. Mary

    CatholicMom
    You say:
    I am sorry you left the Catholic Church, which is the House of God, founded for sinners...I stay because I know I am a sinner and need Sacraments to sanctify my life because even though Jesus Christ died on the Cross so that we all might have life everlasting, we know that we can fall and need help to get back on the Path. If there were no need for sanctification Jesus Christ would not have inst!tuted the Sacraments.

    I stay because I want for myself what Jesus Christ wants for me.

    and that is your right, God Bless You!

    February 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  3. Mary

    CatholicMom
    Thats a bit different, don't forget, these are public blogs, and people post on things all the time, and leave links and so forth.. I was simply commenting on what was posted by another person. After all, thats what does occ-ur here on these blogs. If people are gone to get this upset over the nature of what is posted, then perhaps they should not be on here.
    That particular post, was on a public thread for all to see (the one about the Catholic Organization).

    Now, if as you say, you came and made a comment to me about a person, in a private setting, yes, I can see that qualifys as gossip.
    I am sorry we don't agree on this. Everybody is different. God knows my intent was not to do any such thing, and thats where I am gonna leave this now.
    By the way, I did see that post again, the one we are conversing about. If it does your heart good, I didn't even bother to read it or comment.

    You may consider saying that Mary and Heaven Scent are not" true" Catholics, because they left the Church, could also be construed as the same thing, gossip.
    How do you think that painted us to others, particularly people that may see us here, and don't know a thing about us.
    Well, reading your statement would already have caused some to form an opinion just based on those words that you said on a public blog.
    That street crosses both ways.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  4. Mary

    @ CatholicMom

    You posted: I will comment under each part:
    CatholicMom

    Mary, you said, ‘There are no verses for being against Baby Baptism, but that iis because there are no verses for it.’

    Mary, Baptism is for all nations, all people. All people ‘includes the young and the old’. Since the Church has the Authority to give us the purpose and the meanings of the Sacraments , I will hold to the Church’s reasons for all to be Baptized. The Church through Her commission to uphold the Truth as taught to us by Jesus Christ through the Apostles still holds true today no matter what a person perceives the Bible tells them in their private interpretation of the Bible.

    That was not from my "personal interpetation", but backed up with scripture. It came from the word of God, just the same bible that you read. If you want to believe what your church says is the truth of his word, do it by all means. I disagree with what the Catholic Church believes on this, and have made every atempt to show you why the Catholic Church presents something different, then what the actual word of God says.

    I would be more concerned about his truth, then with the "authority" given for your popes and others to interpet. Read about the first popes of your church CatholicMom, then tell me about how they followed the word of god. They broke the traditions and authority in such ways that are unmentionable.
    Believe as you will, for on the last day, as we stand before the Judgement seat of Jesus Christ, you will have to give an account of yourself, and what you did or did not do, and what you believed or did not believe.
    No way does any man pope or not, have the right to take was Jesus said, and re write it to say what they want. Thats abuse of the total things Jesus said.

    Mary, when you posted this verse, ‘"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. . . .Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." (Acts 2:41, 47)

    ‘….then they that gladly received his word were baptized.’ They didn’t have the New Testament so do you know what word they received?

    Believers!
    Acts 2:41-47 (New International Version, ©2010)
    41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

    The Fellowship of the Believers
    42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved

    If you would read all of Acts you will find that WHOLE households were Baptized…surely you don’t mean to say that out of all these families there were no children?

    I did read it. But again, you miss the point. Baptism was for ADULTS...unless the children were of age of accountibility, that would not be for them. I repeat, a baby CANNOT confess its sins and repent. It doesn't even have the capabilities to sin, or to repent.
    How many people have been baptised today, as babys, and still go out and commit sin, and some don't even turn to the Lord? Why? Because THEY have to confess thier sin, repent and be baptised!
    Why is that so hard for you to grasp? Does it not fit into your belief system? If you follow the Lord and his words, then you must abide by the Lord and his words. Period.

    In stating…all fall short...all have sinned. This is speaking of Original sin which is imbued to babies; Adam and Eve’s fall affects us at our conception…not later on in life.

    A a baby, has the stain of original sin, by inheritance. It is not at the babys birth, a willful sin..the baby has not even been able to reason anything, let alone recognize right from wrong, or sin.

    If what your saying was the case, then ALL people would be saved at Baptism, and Jesus would have not had to die on the cross and shed his blood for our sins! The blood of Jesus is what cleanses the original sin, and all sin for that matter that one has. If it was from conception as you say, what happens if a baby naturally would be mis carried from its mothers womb? Too small to be baptised, mayby a few weeks, or days old!

    The receiving of Baptism is the receiving of the Holy Spirit which moves us to love as He loves. We are not born with the Holy Spirit. There is no reason whatever to withhold babies from becoming a temple of the Holy Spirit.

    The Baptism of the Holy Spirit occ-urs, according to the Bible, at the time of salvation. The term Baptism of the Holy Spirit refers to the indwelling of the believer by the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit comes into the believer and gives him a new nature. The Filling of the Holy Spirit, is different from the Baptism of the Spirit. It also will occ-ur simultaneously when one is saved and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. NOTE THE WORDS "OF THE BELIEVER"
    again, a baby can not be a "believer" because it does not even have the mental capacitiy to understand as a baby!

    Next:
    The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is mentioned only seven times in the New Testament. To understand the Baptism of the Holy Spirit one must understand the word Baptism. Baptism, in the Bible, is a public act of a believer identifying themselves with Christ. The first mention of Baptism in the Bible is of John the Baptist's baptism. John's Baptism was a sign of one publicly acknowledging their need of repentance for sin. John's message was, "repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand." (Matt. 3:2, 11) NOTE THE WORDS PUBlICLY ACKNOWLEDGING THIER NEED OF REPENTANCE"
    Can a baby do this? No.

    Another thought…babies, in the Old Testament, had to wait until the eighth day to become circ-umcised; Baptism replaced circ-umcision in the New Testament and Baptism now saves you! Why would Jesus Christ command the Apostles to go out and baptize all nations if it were not crucial? No, babies were not excluded and their exclusion is purely a man-made decision made-up during the Reformation, and was just another heretical notion.

    Another heretical man made notion? Was Gods word wrong then?
    please read on:

    notice some other reasons why it is fall-acious to teach that “baptism replaced circ-u-mcision”:

    •“The covenant of circ-u-mcision” (Acts 7:8) was confined to descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and those converted to Judaism (Genesis 17:12-13; Exodus 12:48); baptism is for all nations (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).
    •Circ-u-mcision was confined to males; baptism is for both male and female (cf. Galatians 3:28).
    •If “baptism replaced circ-u-mcision” as some allege, people who already were circ-u-mcised according to the law could not be baptized.
    : “If the one came in the place of the other, the two could not exist at the same time in the same person. But all the Jews that had been circ-u-mcised on believing in Christ were baptized” It was God’s will that the Jews, who heard John the Baptist, Jesus, and/or one of His disciples, be baptized regardless of their circ=u=mcision (Luke 7:30; John 3:22-24; 4:1-2). If baptism replaced circ-u-mcision, how could they both be in effect at the same time, among the same people, and under the same covenant?

    Truly, infant baptism cannot logically be defended using Colossians 2:11-12. Simply because Paul used the word circ-u-mcision in a spiritual sense to illustrate the time when non-Christians “put off ” sin and become Christians (at the point of baptism—Colossians 2:11-12; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27) does not make babies candidates for baptism. Moreover, Paul was clear that the Colossians “circ-u-mcised with the circ-u-mcision made without hands” were conscious of both sin and God; babies, however, are aware of neither.

    I submit to you also, that Mary did not have Jesus baptised as a baby..he was 30 years old when baptised!

    There are Baptists today who now just call themselves ‘Bible Believers’ because they realized that when they called themselves Baptists that should mean that they hold Baptism as a great Sacrament. But being baptized only meant they were ready for service to the church which caused it to come under question so often….why call yourselves Baptists if you really believe it isn’t even a Sacrament…..? So many now go the way of calling themselves ‘Spiritual’ which allows for private interpretation of the Bible even though the Bible says Scripture is not a matter of private interpretation….see where it is leading?
    No, I don't. You do not understand what Personal interpetation means, CatholicMom
    I will not comment on the Baptist thing, as I am not familar with thier beliefs.
    Regarding " personal interpetation..."
    Lets look at that:
    The Bible is not to be read in such a way that it is made to conform to our opinions and as-sumptions; instead, we must conform to what it says. Read on..

    Peter is there talking about the prophets of Old Testament times. This is clear from verse 19, in which Peter says “we have the prophetic word made more sure.” What Peter means is that Jesus was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, and Peter himself was an eyewitness to this very fact. It was not that Peter had heard that Jesus fulfilled prophecies, but that Peter knew it from his own experience with Jesus.

    How were the prophets of old able to predi-ct with such astonishing clarity and acc-uracy the things about Jesus? Peter tells us plainly in verse 21: “no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” The Spirit of God revealed these things to them. They were not making guesses about the Messiah. In fact, they were not even making educated guesses. What they pred-icted was not a matter of them arriving at some interpretation of events they saw in their own day. This is what Peter means when he says “no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation.”

    I hope this helps you to understand what "personal interpetation is and means. That is right from the Holy Scriptures

    It is very interesting reading …. Baptists catholic encyclope-dia …

    February 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • TellMe

      CatholicMom Getting prepared to answer your inquiries here. Then, I will deal with all your other comments, I don't think you will like what I have found out about your church history. It definitely will have a bearing on your other comments.
      CatholicMom

      TellMe,

      You believe the Catholic Church has the Authority given it by Jesus Christ and His promise to be with it, guiding and guarding to preserve it until the end of time, I guess you believe that Jesus Christ is keeping His promise…. or do you believe He did not keep His promise…which is it? In one breath you believe and in the next you deny it.

      I believe he kept his promise, as far as Christians believe he did. I just don't believe it was done through your church, ma'am.

      Since I believe the Holy Spirit is guiding and guarding His Church then it follows that He also stands behind His promises to bring the Apostles into remembrance of all that He told them and to bring them into the fullness of Truth as we can bear it. Either you believe this promise is kept or you don’t….which is it?

      I believe he intended it to be so, from what I have read, but again, not through your church. It is full of untruths., (your church), that is.

      I will do that tomorrow, or perhaps this evening, time permitting.

      l

      February 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Mary

      CatholicMom

      Mary,
      What would have been your reason for mentioning that you had read/heard that someone else had made a comment about a Catholic organization stating that the Catholic organization was being accused of funding abortion?

      @CatholicMom
      It was under one of the topics concerning abuse by priests in the CatholicChurch.
      The person and I were discu-ssing how the church has been lax in doing anything to these so callled priests, I mentioned that it seemed there were alot of things going on, and that I had just seen something posted about a catholic organization that was acc=ussed of funding abortion, and added, but I have not read it and am not sure what it is about, and until I do , I will not further comment.

      nothing so unusal when people are discussing something concerning what has been going on. My whole point was that since I had not read that, and did not know what it really had to say, I wasn't going to further comment..POINT is, so that I did NOT state anything misleading.
      'I sure hope that satisfys your curiousity.

      I noticed when Ken attacked, because he did not like the what I said regarding the Catholic Church, even though they were m heartfelt feelings, you said "God Bless you for defending the church.

      Then, you went and said that Heaven Scent and Myself, were never really "TRUE" Catholics, or we would have never left the church.

      I wrote Ken back, go read, what I said. I noticed he never responded back, mayby because he was showing his true colors. Perhaps he thought to hell with me, or mayby he was embarrased for shooting his mouth off. I don't know and i don't care, Seems people in the Catholic Church are pretty defensive and nasty. I am sure Jesus Christ would be proud of you and Ken.

      I guess me and Heavn Scent are not "true" Catholics in your eyes, because we left
      the Catholic Church. Sorry, I am not staying anywhere when I see the atrocities that are going on and being defended by the hierachy and members . That is not the true church Jesus Christ had in mind when he passed any authority down.

      I noticed that Heaven Scent has commented that her life was destroyed by people that told herhim lies, and yet, you CatholicMom, not knowing what that may be, have the nerve to pass judgement calls, about people not being "true" Catholics, cause they left the church. How do you know what Heaven Scent may have went thru? Don't you have any compassion?

      The so called good fruits here, look pretty rotten to me, if thats how Catholic Christians want to treat thier own sisters/brothers in Christ. Jesus would leave his flock, to help one that may have strayed, but all you and Ken boy can do is pass judgement!

      I am angry, so I am going to ask you to forgive me if my words have been less than kind, as I shall forgive you for the implications and outright derogratory things you have said to me..

      But, being human, I am feeling that the best thing for me to do is go say a prayer, before I am tempted by the evil one to say something I will regret later.

      You have the truth from me regarding your question. Take it or leave it.

      February 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Mary, all I was trying to point out is that just mentioning something negative about an organization causes the listener to make judgment on the organization.

      If I told you that my neighbor heard that Suzie had an abortion but since i don't know if it is true or not so won't comment on it....where does that do to your thinking about Suzie?

      It is pure gossip and that is all it is and that is why gossip is evil.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Mary,

      Whenever an old covenant was replaced by a new covenant, the new covenant was greater than the old…thus Baptism was for all people…whereas circ-umc-ision was just for boys. The New Tes-tament reality is greater than the Old Tes-tament prefig-urement. Here are some more examples taken from the Bible:

      "From among the Isr-aelites have your brother Aaron, together with his sons...brought to you, that they may be My Priests." Ex 28:1
      Hebrews 7:11-17, a new Christian priesthood is in-it-iated ac-cording to the order of Mel-chise-de-ch. It replaced the Old Covenant priesthood of the order of Aaron. Jesus Christ is our new High Priest…once a priest always a priest….How was Jesus Christ to co-ntinue His priesthood….but by the hands of His ordained priests through the Catholic Church.

      See Ex 28 for the details of the various vestments required of the priests of the time of Moses, and of the High Priest Aaron.
      Aaron's vestments are ama-zingly like those which are worn by Catholic Bishops and the Pope today.
      The Pope wears a Mi-ter, as did Aaron, the High Priest. See Ex 28:4, 28:37-39, 29:6, 39:28-31, and Lev 8:9, 16:4, and Z-ech 3:5 for details of how it looked.

      Moses carried the Rod of Aaron to sy-mbolize his authority. Ex 7:8-13 and 17:4-6
      A Catholic Bishop carries a rod, or Crosier as a symbol of his pas-toral office.
      The sacrifice of the Mass was prefig-ured in Mal 1:11...

      "For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, My Name is great among the Gen-tiles, and in every place there is sa-cri-fice, and there is offered to My Name A CLEAN OBLATION, for My Name is great among the Gen-tiles."
      The man-na in the desert is infin-itely inf-erior to the Holy Eucharist described in John 6:1-70.
      If the Holy Eucharist were not the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, then that would make the Old Tes-tament prefig-urement, the mirac-ulous man-na, superior to its 'ant!type'.

      The Ark was a boat built by Noah to save his family and animals from the Great Flood….which symbolizes God’s judgment on sin and His promise of provision for His people and of salvation; the Ark in the Old Testament story is a ‘type’ of the Ark of the New Testament, the Catholic Church. Noah the carpenter, built an ark of redemption. Jesus Christ the carpenter, built a Church of redemption.

      Simon Peter had a barque: As Christ taught from the boat of Saint Peter, so does the Catholic Church teach the Gospel to the whole world from the nave of the su-ccessor of Saint Peter. Part of the interior of Catholic Churches is called the 'Nave'. It is the place of worship in the Church. The word 'Nave' comes from the Latin word 'Navi' which means 'ship'. From the Latin word 'Naves' we get the plural word 'ships'.

      2Peter 2:5, "And spared not the original world, but preserved Noe, the eighth person, the preacher of justice, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly."

      The Old Testament has a ‘type’ here…Noe, the preacher of justice….who is that in the New Testament? The Apostle Peter.
      Acts 27:13-43…31… Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers: Except these stay in the ship, you cannot be saved. Saint Paul's ship was also caught in a tempest at sea and yet all 276 who were aboard the ship were saved.

      There are more boat/ship stories in the Bible other than just these that I mention but do you notice that if they stayed in the ship they were saved?

      I am sorry you left the Catholic Church, which is the House of God, founded for sinners...I stay because I know I am a sinner and need Sacraments to sanctify my life because even though Jesus Christ died on the Cross so that we all might have life everlasting, we know that we can fall and need help to get back on the Path. If there were no need for sanctification Jesus Christ would not have inst!tuted the Sacraments.

      I stay because I want for myself what Jesus Christ wants for me.

      February 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  5. Mary

    @ CatholicMom

    You posted to me:
    CatholicMom

    Yes, Mary, there are all sorts of comments made out in the world to ‘throw people off’ and to get them to start thinking against Truth. Even mentioning a rumor is spreading it because there will be people who think it is the Truth…I am referring to mention that you heard that someone said that the Catholic Church was funding abortion…that is how things ‘blow up’ into people believing falsehoods. Just saying it and then adding you are not going to comment further is still planting a false seed, if you know what I mean.

    Excuse me? That is not what was said! Here is what I said:
    I am a-ssuming you are writing me this based on a comment I made to someone else? I do believe what I had said to that person, is that I saw somewhere within the threads, something that had to do with the a Catholic organization being accused of funding abortion. I added that I would not comment further, as I had NOT actually read what that was all about.

    It was an article that was posted, and I said I would not comment further, (to keep what you accused me of from happening) as I had NOT read the article to actually read what it is about!
    How can you say this , my words, is planting a false seed?

    Do all Catholics blame people un necessarily? I am being accused of
    1. Spreading a rumor, about something "i heard" someone say...(no mention of the article, not just what someone said!)
    2. Implication or satement condeming me with "intent" to create a lie

    I am truly offended! Please get your facts straight before you accuse someone of being malicous. That is absolutely not true, your allegations towards me. I am surprised that you, of all people, would say such a thing.

    February 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Mary,
      What would have been your reason for mentioning that you had read/heard that someone else had made a comment about a Catholic organization stating that the Catholic organization was funding abortion?

      February 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  6. CatholicMom

    Mary, you said, ‘There are no verses for being against Baby Baptism, but that iis because there are no verses for it.’

    Mary, Baptism is for all nations, all people. All people ‘includes the young and the old’. Since the Church has the Authority to give us the purpose and the meanings of the Sacraments , I will hold to the Church’s reasons for all to be Baptized. The Church through Her commission to uphold the Truth as taught to us by Jesus Christ through the Apostles still holds true today no matter what a person perceives the Bible tells them in their private interpretation of the Bible.

    Mary, when you posted this verse, ‘"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. . . .Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." (Acts 2:41, 47)
    ‘….then they that gladly received his word were baptized.’ They didn’t have the New Testament so do you know what word they received?

    If you would read all of Acts you will find that WHOLE households were Baptized…surely you don’t mean to say that out of all these families there were no children?

    In stating…all fall short...all have sinned. This is speaking of Original sin which is imbued to babies; Adam and Eve’s fall affects us at our conception…not later on in life.

    The receiving of Baptism is the receiving of the Holy Spirit which moves us to love as He loves. We are not born with the Holy Spirit. There is no reason whatever to withhold babies from becoming a temple of the Holy Spirit.

    Another thought…babies, in the Old Testament, had to wait until the eighth day to become circ-umcised; Baptism replaced circ-umcision in the New Testament and Baptism now saves you! Why would Jesus Christ command the Apostles to go out and baptize all nations if it were not crucial? No, babies were not excluded and their exclusion is purely a man-made decision made-up during the Reformation, and was just another heretical notion.

    There are Baptists today who now just call themselves ‘Bible Believers’ because they realized that when they called themselves Baptists that should mean that they hold Baptism as a great Sacrament. But being baptized only meant they were ready for service to the church which caused it to come under question so often….why call yourselves Baptists if you really believe it isn’t even a Sacrament…..? So many now go the way of calling themselves ‘Spiritual’ which allows for private interpretation of the Bible even though the Bible says Scripture is not a matter of private interpretation….see where it is leading?

    It is very interesting reading …. Baptists catholic encyclopedia …

    February 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  7. TellMe

    @CatholicMom.....Thanks for answering, at first I thought you were not gone to. I am going to go over everything you presented to me, check out all the scriptures you supporetd your claims with. In all fairness, I am gonig to take some time, so I am going to post back when I am satisfied that I have looked at everything from your point of view, as well as the opposing point of view.
    Please check the blog periodically, as I cannot promise I will be able to do this in a mere couple hours. Then I will address your questions, in the order that you presented them.

    February 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • Mary

      @ CatholicMom
      Picking up the rest of your post here:
      Mary, Catholics are against abortion; funding of abortion by people who use the name catholic in their name, do so to deceive and make people think that Catholics believe abortion is okay when it is not. It is never ok to kill a baby. You will have to be very vigilant to figure out if what you are reading is propaganda or Truth. If you know the Catholic stance on something, you can weigh what you are reading against what you know to be Truth. Satan is at war here and he uses every avenue there is and invents new ones every day. Do not give up on Truth so quickly!

      Don’t put your guard down….satan and his cohorts will feed you 99 Truths to get you to swallow 1 lie. After your first acceptance of a lie the next lie will go down much easier with 98 Truths …do you see the pattern?
      You know how to use your computer well enough…don’t accept those lies so readily.

      @CatholicMom

      I am a-ssuming you are writing me this based on a comment I made to someone else? I do believe what I had said to that person, is that I saw somewhere within the threads, something that had to do with the a Catholic organization being accused of funding abortion. I added that I would not comment further, as I had NOT actually read what that was all about.

      I am aware of the Catholic position on abortion. I am also against abortion.
      I am not someone who does not search out the truth of anything, if there is any possible way to do so. I am well aware of the lies that float about.
      Hope this addresses your post to me.

      February 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Yes, Mary, there are all sorts of comments made out in the world to ‘throw people off’ and to get them to start thinking against Truth. Even mentioning a rumor is spreading it because there will be people who think it is the Truth…I am referring to mention that you heard that someone said that the Catholic Church was funding abortion…that is how things ‘blow up’ into people believing falsehoods. Just saying it and then adding you are not going to comment further is still planting a false seed, if you know what I mean.

      February 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.