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April 19th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

Vatican blasts American nuns, calls for reforms

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - The Vatican is turning up the heat on a group of nuns it says are operating outside of the Roman Catholic Church's doctrines.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the church’s doctrinal watchdog, on Wednesday announced the conclusion of a years-long “doctrinal assessment” investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 80% of the Catholic nuns in the United States.

The “assessment reveals serious doctrinal problems,” said the report, which called for major reforms.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith appointed Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle to institute those reforms.

The report singled out a Washington, DC social justice group called Network, which is run by nuns and the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, which assists members with financial and legal resources.

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The Vatican report, made public by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the doctrinal assessment began in part because of the group’s dissent on the Holy See’s teaching on the ordination of women and human sexuality.  The Catholic Church ordains only men to be priests and says sex is to be reserved for between a man and woman who are married in the eyes of the church.

The assessment said that a Leadership Conference of Women Religious conference yielded “manifest problematic statements and serious theological, even doctrinal errors,” that went unchallenged.   It also said the event promoted “radical feminism”and decried the “prevalence of certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith in some programs and presentations sponsored by the LCWR...”

While the assessment praised the social justice work of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Network and the Resources Center for Religious Life, it said the groups were “silent on the right to life from conception to natural death” and on the Church’s view on “family life and human sexuality.”

The report also took note of public statements from the nuns that opposed the Catholic Bishops. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious and Network vocally disagreed with the Bishops' conference's position on the Affordable Care Act, which they supported and the Bishops did not.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith called the current doctrinal and pastoral positions of the groups “grave and a matter of serious concern,” because of the global influence of the groups.

Pope Benedict XVI approved the request from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith to intervene and the implementation of their recommended changes, the doctrinal office said in its assessment.

Some of the changes to come include a revision of the LCWR statutes, a review of programs including their annual general assembly, and a review of their ties with Network and Resource Center for Religious Institutes.

Cardinal William Levada, a former Archbishop in the United States and now the Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, said in a statement that the the Vatican process is aimed at “fostering a patient and collaborative renewal of this conference of major superiors in order to provide a stronger doctrinal foundation for its many laudable initiatives and activities.”

The sisters, for their part, expressed surprised at the findings. “Because the leadership of LCWR has the custom of meeting annually with the staff of CDF in Rome and because the conference follows canonically-approved statutes, we were taken by surprise," the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said in a statement.

"This is a moment of great import for religious life and the wider church," the statement continued. "We ask your prayers as we meet with the LCWR National Board within the coming month to review the mandate and prepare a response.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. anne

    How many centuries do you think males would support a church that excluded them from full participation? It's been 2000 plus so far for women. (Except if you read the history, women did fully participate in the early church)... It's a shame the Vatican is so interested in finding an opportunity to deflect criticsm for their failure to really deal with the priests abuse of children that they are willing to throw the Sisters under the bus. And, I can see more empty churches, more closing and fewer $$ going to support the Vatican. And their power will slowly seep out of their little pointy hats... Lord have mercy on their souls.

    April 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  2. Becky Bullard

    If these nuns have any self respect they will all leave the church who obviously has no respect for them. This little boys' club will eventually end up destroying itself because of its members' ignorance.

    April 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  3. Northern2014

    Does this worthless Pope idiot ever shut his big mouth ?
    Religion, LoL. What a joke.

    April 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • LightHouse1

      Shows your bias, intolerant views. Shame

      April 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • Faithful

      You DO know that the inability to analyze religion – any religion – and accept that the members of that religion are happy in it , shows a distinct lack of intelligence? Just so you know!

      April 21, 2012 at 3:19 am |
  4. If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

    Humans assign God as the answer to all things we don't yet understand .. so that pretty much makes God the anthropomorphized sum total of all human ignorance.

    April 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • fred

      Sounds like you are calling God a horses as you know it is not wise to do that. Consider the wonderful grace and mercy of God as God waits patiently for you return.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

      No, I'm calling God non existent. I'm saying "people" use the term God to answer what they don't yet understand (ignorance). I just put it in a very short sentence and I find people's responses to be very revealing about themselves in how they interpret my post.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Rick

      People project their own beliefs onto God, then claim it is God who told them to believe that.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

      Rick ... I love how self reinforcing that is, a perfect circle of circular logic.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Rick

      Me too, but that's how it work's God always, looks and acts just like his followers want him to.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • fred

      horses
      Looks like you have been corralled. Those who know God actually know better than to fit God into their mold. The Bible would call that a man made God. Believers accept the God who is not the God they want. Granted some see a cosmic Santa while others see a task master but our thoughts do not change God.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Fred ... Looks like you didn't quite understand the comments.

      April 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • Faithful

      "For those who believe, no explanation is necessary.
      For those who don't believe, no explanation is possible"

      Just get on with your life , OK?

      April 21, 2012 at 3:21 am |
  5. jayh

    Fope the Puck

    April 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Lilith

      Don't you mean "Puck the Fope"?!

      April 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Faithful

      How juvenile! [If you don't understand the big word, ask an adult to help!

      April 21, 2012 at 3:22 am |
  6. Believer

    If one belogs to a TEAM, one dosent undermine it, and some American nuns, want to defends feminism with all their radical dogma and it can not be posible. A religion is not a buffet meal, one chosing what is convinient. I suggest if the American nuns are for choice, became priests, etc, form your own Church leaving the Roman Catholic to true believers.
    The mayority we want nuns that continue the excellent work in schools, University,Hospitals, teaching the right to life and the obedience that we have to our faith, we want a traditional Church, and nuns and priests that stand for that and not feminisim, both cant be.

    April 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Elias

      In reality religion is imaginary so its what ever you want it to be.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Ting

      Right on. There can't be equality. Everyone knows that men are better than women. How arrogant of them.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Observer

      Believer,

      What is the "right to life" that you mentioned? It can't be about abortion since the Bible doesn't mention it, so what is it?

      April 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Faithful

      Beliver – Respect to you for a great post, friend.

      Observer – the Bible does mention abortion – "thou shall not KILL"

      April 21, 2012 at 3:25 am |
  7. poopmeister

    What kills me is that they would make an issue out of nuns following strict doctrines but they won't publicly condemn the priets that fondle little boys? I think there is something seriously wrong and I think that everyone can agree.

    April 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Ka Boom!!!!!!!!

      Nice shot.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Lilith

      Your comment points to the truth of how misguided they are in condeming their nuns while all but ignoring the abuse. All they really need to do is admit there were problems, clean house & change their image. But of course that won't happen, look at the example in the article.. don't change for the better like these nuns, condem their good work while hiding bad priests and covering their tracks ... indefensible!

      April 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • lbdukeep

      The nuns – radical! Jesus was a radical too. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, comforted the masses with love and hope. The nuns are feeding the homeless and the hungry and the poor, just what Jesus did. And guess what, he was a brown skin foreigner, poor as dirt, speaking of "What you do for the least of these, you do for me!" Wow, where did "The Church" exit that station? They have forgotten the teachings of Jesus – he who said: Love Thy Neighbor As Thy Self! The Pope can't be a Christian, he isn't practicing the Christ like beliefs! Maybe he's the Devil!

      April 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Faithful

      The Pope has condemned paedophiles.

      And you're obviously a CNN troll. Their headlines "Vatican BLASTS nuns" ????? They were asked to modify their radical views and not go against the Church!

      In much the samr way as US soldiers have been told NOT to speak out AGAINST the government> Hypocrites.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:29 am |
    • Mirosal

      He may condemn them NOW, and that's because he has to make a poltical stance on it. But, when he was second-in-command under John Paul II he was fully aware and well-versed in all the allegations, yet did NOTHING to stop it, punish anyone, or bring it to any legal authority. He was responsible for the cover-up as well.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:32 am |
  8. Etalan

    The sad part is that the Vatican is attacking the Nun, because they were not fighting hard enough in politic. They want nun to say gay right and abortion is bad. Yes, Vatican are attacking nun because they were not "right wing" enough.

    April 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  9. Rick

    Claiming to know an unchanging God and being infallible kinda paints the 'ol boy into a corner, doesn't it?

    April 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Victor

      how do you paint yourself?? A righteous man who commits no sin and is better than everybody else?? I used to be like you. I used to judge others but me. Look inside you my friend. You are no better than anyone here or anywhere. There is only ONE judge, and his name is not Rick.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Rick

      What post are you replying to Victor? You've never heard the saying "paint yourself into a corner"??

      April 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Rick

      I didn't judge anyone Victor. Does the dogma of the Catholic Church claim that God is unchanging? Does the dogma of the church claim that the Pope is infallible when teaching on faith and morals and is motivated by the Holy Spirit? I'll tell you the answers Yes and Yes. That means if he tries to correct past mistakes, then he is fallible, which means he cannot move and the metaphor for that is.....

      April 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • Yeahright

      Well said. Catholicism is just medieval spiritual feudalism. It doesn't carry any more weight with thinking humans than Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy.

      April 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Faithful

      The Pope is only infallible when he speaks ex-Cathedra and proclaims a DOGMA of Faith. Last time he did so was around 70 years ago.
      In everything else he is just like us EXCEPT he is Christ's representative on earth and is a holy and wise man.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:33 am |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    April 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Victor

      Amen!! You can have a conversation with God through prayer and he WILL answer you. Not in your time but in his time. Trust and And his timing is perfect!! God has given me, my wife and 5 kids so much, nothing I will ever do in my lifetime will be enough to repay him!! Jesus has risen! Aleluia!!

      April 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • MaryM

      Prayer changes NOTHING.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Etalan

      @Victor
      If Prayer was the reason you have children, I have some said new to tell you. Someone else is doing more than "Prayer" to your wife to get children.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • fred

      MaryM
      Sorry Mary but I for one could tell you from personal experience that it changed my life. That was several years ago and I am still in awe of what accepting Jesus into your life does.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!.!.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Snow

      A troubled mind finds what it desperately wants to find. Someone desperately looking for god will see god in every instance. But an abject observer who sees the same instance will see it for exactly what it is.. a mere coincidence. But if someone wants to escape reality and find solace in the idea that some sky daddy is controlling when he goes to pee, then yay be to him.. whatever floats your boat.. just keep it to yourself rather than making "better than thou" arguments

      April 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • poopmeister

      Everybody needs to stop replying to this idiot, he/she goes in and says the same stupid thing "prayer changes everything" and everyone tries to have a long winded reply. YOU ARE GETTING TRAPPED INTO A NOWHERE CONVERSATION!

      April 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • fred

      Snow
      Where do you get the better than thou? The Bible paints an honest picture of the chosen ones rejecting God. The heros of the Bible like David, Noah, Moses etc. all had some major moral problems.
      I have no evidence that says Christians think they are better do you? Would you not say atheists( on this site at least) think their knowledge based on science somehow makes their position better than thou

      April 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Ka Boom!!!!!!!!

      @Victor
      If Prayer was the reason you have children, I have some said new to tell you. Someone else is doing more than "Prayer" to your wife to get children.

      Splash one...

      April 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Lilith

      @ Fred ... Atheism has nothing to do with knowledge or science, it has everything to do with not falling for a belief in God(s). That's all. It's not science vs religion ... an Atheist like a believer can be as dumb as a rock or as smart as Einstien (who was an Atheist BTW) ... Just Sayin'

      April 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • fred

      Lillith
      I would think Einstein was borderline deist. Some of his sayings would lead me to believe he was only atheist/agnostic at certain junctures in his life.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Lilith

      Fred ... this should clarify the part about Einstien.
      "It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." (Albert Einstein, 1954, The Human Side, Princeton University Press)

      April 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • lbdukeep

      Prayer or meditation can do wonders but only for the person who prays or meditates. And that saying is: WAR is not healthy for children and other living things. Please – keep the preferred saying straight!

      April 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • just sayin

      Atheism is a war on the soul of mankind. Two wonderful Truths. First atheism is totally useless and second God is available for communications. God bless (third wonderful Truth added , no extra charge)

      April 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • fred

      Lilith
      Thanks, I give up on what is true or lie as to what the internet posts about Einstein. Interesting that this many years later just as your quoted "a lie which is being systematically repeated" continues. Oh, well, Bill Clinton said if you repeat a lie often enough people will believe it !

      April 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Dave 666

      You're right Fred...hence the original of organized religion...

      April 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  11. Victor

    God Bless YOU Benedict XVI !!! –

    April 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Etalan

      and his million of dollar he get from he follow. Bless his follows for not question his word. Bless the bible, the only book he have to read. And at last bless he church for let church protect priest who molest children.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Etalan

      The sad part is that the Vatican is attacking the Nun, because they were not fighting hard enough in politic. They want nun to say gay right and abortion is bad. Yes, Vatican are attacking nun because they were not "right wing" enough.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • Snow

      yes.. god bless the pope and all his estates/properties that he got by robbing(umm.. taking donations from) the poor..

      April 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Faithful

      Amen to that. Thanks and peace be with you, my friend.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:35 am |
  12. rs

    What chaps my a$$ is these churchs that rake in big bucks and want everything for free! Learn how to work for a living. If Jesus OR God had to work, then why should churches get everything for free? Go get a real job!! And stop milking the country for money when you dont need it!

    April 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Victor

      You seem to be really lost in this world brother – You think everything is about money. God doesn't need your money. You can keep it... eventhough you wouldn't have been born, you wouldn't be able to breathe, or see, or hear or walk if he had not created you. You think You created yourself? You give yourself life? Your life doesn't have to be empty and fruitless like that. Happiness does not come from money. Sadly for you but it's the truth. Seek true happiness. I dare you.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Umm

      "God doesn't need your money. You can keep it... eventhough you wouldn't have been born, you wouldn't be able to breathe, or see, or hear or walk if he had not created you. You think You created yourself? You give yourself life?"

      So what created your God? LOL!

      April 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  13. Muneef

    Need for a true change and equality.

    Women are natural mothers,they had born the heaviness and the pain of their carriage for nine months, they are the first schools teaching our generations of males and females, they are more responsible towards managing their houses and looking after the children, they are more merciful and cooperative in looking after the old and sick than men are,....women are more loving to their children than men...therefore I see that for a change the will be better Popes and Leaders than ever men were, after all we see today what is happening today in the world from hunger,illnesses to wars.. Men failed while women are like our mothers will take care of her children... We need to change those failures who care for nothing but positions,ranks and financial benefits even it to wipe the whole nations from earth...

    April 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Muneef

      After all there would have been Jesus if it wasn't for his chosen mother...

      April 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Muneef

      Correction..
      ...After all there would have not been any Jesus if it wasn't for his chosen mother...

      April 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Adam

      More loving to their children??? disgusting blanket statement and insulting to men. You must not be aware that statistically mothers kill their own children more then fathers. how is that "more loving" ?

      April 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Victor

      J.W – Jesus blew the Holy Spirit on his diciples and ordered them to GO and preach the Gospel and speak on his behalf. The words of the diciples comes from the Holy Spirit, not them!! Big difference. Read Luke 9:1-10

      "When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere"

      April 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Muneef

      Adam.

      Oh man you must have had problem back home with mother...any way dear I was not meaning mothers on alcohol or drugs or having mental problems...since even fathers if suffered the same will not be as perfect loving fathers as they should...

      April 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  14. lenber

    If they are not up to do the work for the Church they vowed to do for
    then well they No longer simply belong to.

    April 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • I wonder

      I'm betting that you don't diss the folks who break their "vows" to Warren Jeffs and the FLDS, though, do you?

      April 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  15. Victor

    People need to understand that the lies from the devil are very subtle. He is patient, he wants nothing but to make you believe his lies. This idea of telling your kids "Be whaterver you want, AS LONG AS IT MAKES YOU HAPPY" Where does Jesus say "Do whatever makes you happy"???? WHERE?? on the contrary, HE CLEARLY SAID "

    “If anyone wishes to come after me”, he said, “he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9:23).

    April 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Observer

      Jesus also said that no one should get divorced for any reason unless one partner already committed adultery.

      So do you follow everything Jesus said and believe that battered wives should stay married as long as the spouse stays faithful?

      April 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Chris

      re·li·gion noun \ri-'li-j?n\
      A mass human psychosis that usually results in participants believing in incredibly silly crap and acting like total retards.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Chris

      re·li·gion noun \ri-'li-j?n\
      A mass human psychosis that usually results in participants believing in incredibly silly crap and acting like total retards...

      April 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • jayh

      No, I do NOT need to understand that – it is foolish nonsense.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Victor

      @Observer – Jesus teaching is clear and you cannot twist anything – "25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church

      April 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Omega

      Agree.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Umm

      Victor you quoted scriptures at Observer but never answered their question.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Observer

      Victor,

      "What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."

      Matthew 5:32 “But I [Jesus] say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchast-ity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

      April 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • J.W

      Victor what you just quoted was from Ephesians, and was not spoken by Jesus.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Victor

      @observer – I see, you want a straight answer- We Christians DO NOT believe in divorce either unless it is for reasons of adultery JUST like it says in our Bible. See, when you marry under the law of God you do it understanding fully what it's asked of you. A man married under Christian faith naver leaves his wife and viceversa REGARDLESS of the situation. You work things out, YOU pray together, GOD does his part and YOU must trust God and God only. God is not a liar. You must take your cross and Follow Jesus. It's not easy. It is a path you choose to follow but Jesus will not twist your arm if you don't want to follow him. You either follow him or you dont'. Miracles happen when you pray. If you don't believe that, try it!! if you still don't believe, I'm sorry for you.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • gerald

      Observer – Have you ever heard of separation. Why does someone who is not with their husband or wife have to get divorced and remarried?

      April 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Observer

      Victor,

      Requiring an abused spouse to stay with the abuser is a terrible FAILURE of Christianity for anyone who would be ignorant enough to follow through on such nonsense. To support such abuse is disgraceful.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Observer

      gerald,

      Separation? Why should an abused wife be never able to marry again?

      April 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  16. Moiphy

    So.........God asked Adam where Eve was....Adam replied. In the river bathing. God replied.....Damn, I'll never get the smell out of the fish.

    April 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  17. Observer

    The Bible supports the inferiority of women and doesn't condemn child molesters.

    The Pope is following the 2,000 year old book faithfully.

    April 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  18. rinsac

    I'll take radical nuns over pedofile priests any day.

    April 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • gerald

      Bigotry loves ignorance. A very small percentage of priests have committed these crimes. You are more likely to be a ped than a priest is.

      April 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Lilith

      Gerald, it's not the number that makes the difference it's the denial combined with the intentional and continuing cover up all while preaching that they are the worlds moral compass! That is what's indefensible about this whole thing .. but your defense is, OH it's not THAT many so don't worry about it?! ... and you claim bigotry ... the absurdity is overwhelming.

      April 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  19. waheid

    Religion is an anachronism, God is a myth, and the priests, rabbis, and preachers are nothing more than purveyors of ignorance. The best antidote to ignorance is education, including some knowledge of science. Until people educate themselves, and stop let other people tell them what to believe, then we are stuck with religion and all the ignorant baggage that comes with it.

    April 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Randy

      This^
      times 1000

      Tired of the invisible man in the sky ruining progress...

      April 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Victor

      Keep lying to yourself.

      April 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  20. Reality

    The rush to the door continues:

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    April 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Faithful

      You might like to check on the numbers being received INTO the Church. You could learn something. You trolls here base your comments on other peoples' misinformation.
      DO try finding facts out for yourself.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:41 am |
    • Yeah

      Faithful,

      Yeah, ignorant, gullible people from 3rd world countries are the vast majority of the new members.

      April 21, 2012 at 3:47 am |
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