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The pope's mixed legacy with Latino Catholics
Pope Benedict alienated Latino Catholics because of his fierce opposition to a popular movement in Latin America, scholars say.
February 15th, 2013
11:13 AM ET

The pope's mixed legacy with Latino Catholics

By John Blake, CNN

They are the largest group in the Roman Catholic Church, and the next pope might even come from their midst. Yet few have heard how Latino Catholics regard the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.

For many Latino Catholics, Benedict’s legacy is mixed. They will forever tie him to his fierce opposition to liberation theology, a controversial movement that sought to improve the impoverished lives of Latinos living under oppressive governments.

Benedict, who resigned Monday citing his advancing age, was one of the church’s most visible opponents of liberation theology, a movement that began in Latin America in the 1960s. It mingled Marxist critiques of poverty with an insistence that the church display a “preferential option” for the poor.

Benedict’s view created more distance between priests and the poor people they served, says Jennifer Hughes, a Catholic Church scholar at the University of California, Riverside.

"In Latin America, both as Cardinal Ratzinger and as the pope, Benedict devoted himself to the systematic dismantling of the infrastructure of liberation theology," Hughes says. "During this process, many priests and bishops withdrew from their ministry in the poorest communities.”

Benedict’s opposition to liberation theology was ironic because he shared many of its concerns, others say. He was critical of capitalism and thought that Christian leaders should be concerned with the economic and political liberation of their followers.

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Benedict spoke out against unrestrained capitalism, income inequality and global warming. As recently as December, he said in a speech that Christians should work for a more “equitable sharing of the Earth’s resources.”

“Benedict was a vociferous advocate for the poor and strongly opposed income inequality,” says James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author of “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life."  “On that mark, he was as progressive as they come.”

Yet Benedict was suspicious of liberation theologians because some aligned themselves with political movements that sought to overthrow repressive governments in Latin America, other historians say.

The prospect of the church aligning itself with political movements alarmed Benedict because of his own upbringing, says Ramon Luzarraga, a religion professor at the University of Dayton in Ohio.  He saw such an alliance between church and state destroy his native Germany. Catholic and Protestant leaders help put Hitler in power, Luzarraga says.

“Liberation theologians are comfortable working with government and political parties on the left while Benedict is more comfortable remaining neutral,” Luzarraga says.

Benedict’s impact on Latin America is important because the region will shape much of the church’s future. Latino Catholics are the largest group in the Catholic Church. Latin America's Catholics make up 39% of the world’s Catholic population, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Latin America is also home to the two most populous Catholic countries: Brazil and Mexico (the U.S. has the fourth-largest Catholic population), the Pew Center found.

Even without Benedict’s opposition to liberation theology, more Latino Catholics are drifting away from the Vatican, another scholar says.

Under Pope Benedict, a growing number of Latino Catholics were no longer regarding the Vatican’s teaching as an important element in their faith, says Michele Dillon, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire.

Latino Catholics traditionally believe the church should give more emphasis to social justice rather than issues such as abortion and contraception, Dillon says. A majority of Latino Catholics favor same-sex marriage and women’s ordination, she says.

“As Hispanic Catholics in the U.S achieve upward mobility, they may become a little more conservative on social justice and concern for the poor,” Dillon says, “but currently many of the issues that are especially important to Catholics in Latin America are also very important to Hispanic Catholics in the U.S.”

At the same time, Latino Catholics are also drifting away from liberation theology, says Carl Raschke, a religion professor at the University of Denver.

The theology is now perceived more as a Western intellectual movement that does not understand the revival of spirituality among indigenous people in Latin America, Raschke says.

“Liberation theology is for the most part out of favor in Latin America because it has been largely deemed by indigenous people as increasingly irrelevant,” Raschke says.

Pentecostal-flavored religion, not liberation theology, is now sweeping Latin America, says Daniel Ramirez, a religion professor at the University of Michigan.

“Although they [liberation theologians] talked about the option for the poor, the poor ultimately opted for Pentecostalism,” Ramirez says.

The Vatican can bridge some of the distance with Latino Catholics with one dramatic action, some scholars say.

If the next pope is Latino, the impact will be epic, says Luzarraga.

“It would be the same effect as [Pope] John Paul II had on Polish people,” Luzarraga says. “”It would be an announcement to the world that Latino Catholics have finally come into their own.”

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Mass • Pope • Pope Benedict XVI • Pope John Paul II • Same-sex marriage • South America • Vatican

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  9. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . .

    You never see the Pope wear the same very expensive outfits twice.

    February 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  10. EX catholic

    Since it has become so Evident that some are Slow to Learn or refuse to PAY ATTENTION, here I go once again and NOT for the Last time. To Remind everyone and INFORM those who Ignore or just those who don’t know!

    IDOLATRY, that's the worshipping of Idols, is a serious SIN it is NOT a Religion.

    In that Hierarchical Politico-religious Organization known as the Roman Catholic Church, Idolatry has been Promoted and Taught for centuries. From the Pope all the way down to the most ignorant of Catholics, they all DO IT. They bow down before all of these Idols, Icons or as they want to call them "Representations" or "Images". These are ALL nothing more than the product of the Imaginations of feeble minds.

    They look at any of those Paintings and Statues, point at them and say things like: "That's Peter or that's Mary or even Jesus." ALL of these they do and even more gross and aberrant, abhorrent stuff they do, all the time. It doesn’t matter if they do it once a year or everyday, they ALL do it at one time or another.

    The RCC is NOT "the Church" at all. The RCC is nothing more than a Politico-religious organization with Financial and Social interests the world over.

    One more time; Idolatry is a SIN it is Not a Religion, it is Not the religion, it is NOT the Church. Idolatry is an aberrant and abhorrent SIN that carries with it well known consequences. Idolatry drags behind itself many other SINS. Idolaters as part of their IDOLATRY commit many other SINS.

    February 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • EX catholic

      These IDOLS; that is the Figurines, Paintings and Statues, that Roman-Catholics bow down to and sing praises to, are the Product of the IMAGINATIONS of artists, painters and sculptors, who themselves are Idolaters.

      Those Statues are the same Statues of the Greco-Roman Pantheons of old. Just with biblical names and different clothing, but they are the same old Idols, gods and goddesses of those ancient civilizations. As the peoples in those long gone Civilizations and Cultures worshipped these same figures, Idols, Icons and so called "Representations"; they also committed immoral and perverse acts, which the modern day Idolaters also repeat time and again. Some of those Civilizations of the past and present were utterly destroyed. Others fell from within as a result and consequence of their aberrant and abhorrent practices.

      Others were wiped out of the face of the earth because of diseases caused by some of the idolatrous and perverted practices. The Consequences and the results of godlessness is the Best and Strongest Argument for Godliness.

      True Godly people DO NOT bow down to worship before any of these figures, icons, idols, paintings, statues or as they want to call them "Representations". The Commandment was given to Israel but Godly people before Israel DID NOT bowed down neither worshipped any Idols. Because worshipping Idols is IDOLATRY and Idolatry is SIN not Religion.

      February 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
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      February 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  11. Sara Howells

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  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    February 18, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • Science

      The END IS NEAR and HERE !!! Facts work Best for children.

      A War Without End, With Earth's Carbon Cycle Held in the Balance

      Feb. 13, 2013 — The greatest battle in Earth's history has been going on for hundreds of millions of years – it isn't over yet – and until now no one knew it existed, scientists reported Feb. 13 in the journal Nature.

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      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130213132323.htm

      February 18, 2013 at 7:36 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does 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!~

      February 18, 2013 at 8:32 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      "What happens when the same number of people pray for something as pray against it? How does God decide whose prayer to answer? Does the total number of people praying for or against something matter? How about the righteousness of the supplicants? Are positive prayers answered more frequently than negative ones? Does God take the positive ones and Satan the negative? Does the intensity of the praying have any effect on the outcome? Does the length of time one devotes to praying have any effect on the frequency with which one's prayers are answered? Do the words and phrases used in the prayer - either positive or negative - have any bearing on the success rate? Does the nature of the thing or things prayed for have any bearing on the prayer's success rate - either positive or negative prayers? Why or why not??" Robert A. Baker, "Prayer Wars" Skeptical Briefs

      February 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
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  14. EX catholic

    Once again, one more time, PAY ATTENTION you may learn something.

    Just to Remind everyone and INFORM those who Ignore or just those who don’t know!

    IDOLATRY, that's the worshipping of Idols, is a serious SIN it is NOT a Religion.

    In that Hierarchical Politico-religious Organization known as the Roman Catholic Church, Idolatry has been Promoted and Taught for centuries. From the Pope all the way down to the most ignorant of Catholics, they all DO IT. They bow down before all of these Idols, Icons or as they want to call them "Representations" or "Images". These are ALL nothing more than the product of the Imaginations of feeble minds.

    They look at any of those Paintings and Statues, point at them and say things like: "That's Peter or that's Mary or even Jesus." ALL of these they do and even more gross and aberrant, abhorrent stuff they do, all the time. It doesn’t matter if they do it once a year or everyday, they ALL do it at one time or another.

    The RCC is NOT "the Church" at all. The RCC is nothing more than a Politico-religious organization with Financial and Social interests the world over.

    One more time; Idolatry is a SIN it is Not a Religion, it is Not the religion, it is NOT the Church. Idolatry is an aberrant and abhorrent SIN that carries with it well known consequences. Idolatry drags behind itself many other SINS. Idolaters as part of their IDOLATRY commit many other SINS.

    February 18, 2013 at 12:04 am |
    • EX catholic

      These IDOLS; that is the Figurines, Paintings and Statues, that Roman-Catholics bow down to and sing praises to, are the Product of the IMAGINATIONS of artists, painters and sculptors, who themselves are Idolaters.

      Those Statues are the same Statues of the Greco-Roman Pantheons of old. Just with biblical names and different clothing, but they are the same old Idols, gods and goddesses of those ancient civilizations.

      February 18, 2013 at 12:13 am |
    • Traveller

      EX,

      You're getting there. Just a couple of more (3?) imaginary super-heroes to drop and you'll be in reality!

      February 18, 2013 at 12:19 am |
    • .

      And once again, PAY ATTENTION! That commandment was meant for the other false gods and religions of the day! Learn your own Bible! Do you look at a picture of your mother and say, "I love her", or do you look at her picture and say, "I love this photographic paper?" It is the same concept. You are WRONG, you are BITTER, and you are denouncing a segent of Christianity, (the original one, actually!) You need to get therapy for your obvious hatred and zealotry. DO YOU WORSHIP THE CROSS, OR DO YOU WORSHIP THE SON OF GOD WHO DIED ON IT, JESUS??
      Same thing. Give it a rest!!!

      Mathew21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

      You are doing this, AND breaking the 9th Commandment against another demonimation of Christianity, because you have left that church! Hypocrite! BE SILENT! BIGOT!

      February 18, 2013 at 3:04 am |
    • EX catholic

      .
      ↑ To the dot above ↑ speak for yourself.

      ...

      February 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  15. Mark

    Hmmm....interesting article. Ones perception of poor is largely based on ones experience. Those coming from countries whose poor cause our poor to look well off may not see an issue of 'haves' and 'have nots' quite like many of us who know only what is within our borders. For those who left poor and come here and work hard, I wonder how they will feel about giving their hard earnings to those who do not work as hard when family in a native country are with less than those here they must give their earnings. It just could be the poor here will not appear to new citizens as being poor or needing as much. We fear they wish to live on government handouts but we could be misreading their want to be left to their own devices. There is pride in controlling ones own life and it will be interesting how such proud people will align themselves politically in the future and in generations to come.

    February 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
  16. Red

    Lmao. Everytime I post something you all don't wanna answer it MIRACULOUS doesn't post. Yep I see how it works here. Bunch of phonies who know they'll get owned. Lol. Pathetic. Don't matter, I'll find a real belief blog. GOD IS GREATEST!!!!!!!

    February 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Don't let the door hit you where the dog shoulda bit you, loser.

      February 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • ..

      You haven't asked an intelligent question yet. I doubt you know to.

      February 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Which god is the greatest? You still haven't answered that.

      You might as well say "Bill is the greatest".

      February 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • ..

      I know a Bill who thinks he's a god...does that count, BATC?

      February 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • End Religion

      Poor Red, suffocated by his own stupidity... At least the stench of his chewing tobacco and Dapper Dan will be gone now.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
    • ..

      He swallowed his plug one too many times.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      What astounding reasoning, Red. I'm sure you're right.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Nope, that Bill is a fraud, the "Bill" I know is the greatest.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • ..

      BATC, I KNEW it, lol.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Red

      Which God? I don't follow Greek Mythology. There's only One Light. And you're gonna return to it whether you like it or not.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Seems to me the terms "greatest being" and "god" are synonymous. If there is such a being, we can't make definitive statements about it since we don't know and it's way too arrogant to assume as the believers do.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
    • ..

      Then you're talking anout the God of Abraham...you're either Christian, Muslim, or Jewish. You said you're not Christian, and OBVIOUSLY you're not Muslim, so that leaves....Jewish. So?

      February 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Red,

      You are just like every other theist I have ever talked to, when it comes down it you can't answer a question honestly, you talk in va.garies and then blame others when they point out that your words have no substance.

      February 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
    • A brilliant atheist

      Red, if your God is real where is the evidence? Why does he not write a love note to mankind in the clouds so that all men may see?

      February 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
    • sam stone

      which god is that?

      February 18, 2013 at 4:57 am |
  17. Red

    No mama, no womb, no umbilical cord=No baby. No Mama to nurture, baby dies. We all start as babies.that's a fact of God and science. There were adults here first. How? I know how. Too bad atheists don't...

    February 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You never took a s3x ed class, did you, Bred?

      February 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • End Religion

      A fish with wrist bones? All hail Tiktaalik!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiktaalik
      How did scientists find it? They knew from the Theory of Evolution where such a creature should be, the rock type, how deep, then they dug for more than 3 years.

      February 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
    • ..

      You are inexorably stupid, Red. Did you get kicked off the ESPN blogs because you saw Allah in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

      February 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
    • Red

      Just act as if I were someone you knew personally and I was stuck between God and science. Explain to me how we survived as an original baby. Act as if you're giving me a pitch on how to join your atheist cult. I'm seriously curious. Lol. Y'all been dodging me all day when all I'm doing is asking you what basic philosophies are. So act like I don't believe in God or science. Convert me to science..... Kicked off ESPN??? YEAH RIGHT. Allah created the Hall of Fame. Doesn't need to be a member. Go to bed.

      February 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Go blow, poe.

      February 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, and Red? If I knew you personally, I'd find every possible excuse not to see you socially.

      February 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Marquee blog

      Here is the pitch, come to the beLIEf blog daily to exchange intelligent ideas with us. Do not make mention of the womb or the tomb. We will show you how scientific and rational the Universe is. Suspend any belief you may have in allah/bella.

      February 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • ..

      Dumbass, I am a product of my mother and father. I most certainly am not a product of incest, frequently God's favorite way of re-populating the earth after smiting everyone. I wonder how you begat your son. See, that's the way it's done. Any more questions you should have paid attenion to in Biology and Health class?

      February 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Dr. Alienese, PhD

      What degree do you have? Most of us here have advanced degrees in science (you might have already observed the intelligence in the posts ) and most of the terms we use will be very confusing to you especially if you are all brawn and no brain. There is no spell check, make sure you use your iPad to post. We have a Zero tolerance policy for spelling mistakes

      February 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
    • ..

      Red, asspony, I see you can't apply your own fucking logic to what I said; Baseball Hall Of Fame contains the letters h, a, and l, which, according to you, equals Allah. Shut the fuck up...you're looking dimmer and dimmer every post you make. God would tell you to stop proselytizing, dimwit. Although I don't doubt for a moment you ARE a product of incest.

      February 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • End Religion

      What is "an original baby"? I have a feeling I'm going to laugh at the answer...

      February 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Saraswati

      lol..."an original baby"... this is either a jok or you're 10 and should probably be doing your homework. Cute though...chicken and the egg meets creationism.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • Red

      Ummmmm, thanks but No Thanks marquee. You definitely won't see me here everyday. LOL. Life is too interesting to deal with people like this everyday. Maybe every 90 days or so. I'm good with all the science stuff, I was raised by a science teacher. I just asked for a simple one-post answer. I'm not converting for real. That will never happen. It was just unusually cold in Tampa today. Can't really say how I ended up on this blog. Lol. Peace Out. We come from the light and we'll return to the light. Arrogant men just think that they're the only ones that can possibly think or rationalize or reward or punish. Oh yea, there's light that can do those things. Just WAY BETTER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE. God Is Greatest!!!!!!!

      February 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • ..

      Not stopping by too much? From your lips to God's ears. Fucking phony-ass poe troll.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • Red

      EXACTLY!!!!! What is an original baby? I don't believe in it. This started with a man and a woman. I want y'all to tell me what the original baby is. Because if there's no God then it had to start with that original primate right? Well primates are no different. They gotta start as babies too. And they too will die without the adult.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • Marquee blog

      Sorry to hear that Red. Hope the weather gets better at Tampa and the sun will shine once again.
      As for the belief blog the intellectual halo continues to shine brightly upon the brightest bald heads here. All scientists actually suspend their daily activities to be here on this blog and engage the believers in what they believe to be the most reverential finds around evolution as it were a fact. Please do visit us every 90 days and be blessed by the intellectual exchange.

      February 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • Red

      What a dunk by Durant!!! God given talent right there. If there was no God every human would run fast and jump high. Not the SELECTED few. It's just a test people. No lettered grades. It's pass/fail. Satan hates science just about more than anything. It'll keep you out of trouble for your entire life if you try to figure it out because it's so complex. That's the point. And it's the same thing with the Holy Book. You can live a thousand lives and you still won't get it all. What's a measly 80 years? It gets better from here. Or worse.

      February 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Red: " and it's the same thing with the Holy Book. You can live a thousand lives and you still won't get it all." There'll always be those doubts, and suspicions that you've had to check your mind at the door before accepting any of it. They increase with age, provided you aren't suffering from progressive credulity – something believers often face as they get older.

      February 17, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Red, you make captain azzhole look like a genius.

      February 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
    • sam stone

      how are babies a "fact of god"?

      February 18, 2013 at 4:59 am |
    • End Religion

      red: "I was raised by a science teacher"

      LOL, if they couldn't even teach their own child then I don't hold out much hope for the rest of their students. Of course, you could be like Chad, slightly retarded and rebelling against their knowledge.

      February 18, 2013 at 5:06 am |
  18. EX catholic

    Just to Remind everyone and INFORM those who Ignore or just don’t know!

    IDOLATRY, that's the worshipping of Idols, is a serious SIN it is NOT a Religion.

    In that Hierarchical Politico-religious Organization known as the Roman Catholic Church, Idolatry has been Promoted and Taught for centuries. From the Pope all the way down to the most ignorant of Catholics, they all DO IT. They bow down before all of these Idols, Icons or as they want to call them "Representations" or "Images". These are ALL nothing more than the product of the Imaginations of feeble minds.

    They look at any of those Paintings and Statues, point at them and say things like: "That's Peter or that's Mary or even Jesus." ALL of these they do and even more gross and aberrant, abhorrent stuff they do, all the time. It doesn’t matter if they do it once a year or everyday, they ALL do it at one time or another.

    The RCC is NOT "the Church" at all. The RCC is above all a Politico-religious organization with Financial and Social interests the world over.

    February 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • ..

      The commandment was meant for religions other than the God of Israel, doofus. Try and learn your own Bible.

      Look, you can try and call it whatever you want, but when you look at a picture of your mother, do you say "I love my mother" or do you say "I love the piece of photographic paper?" Same concept, you illiterate bigot. Stop smaearing a valid denomination of Christianity because you are bitter asshole. You sound hysterical.

      February 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • EX catholic

      Just to Remind everyone and INFORM those who Ignore especially the one above ↑ [..] or just those who don’t know!

      IDOLATRY, that's the worshipping of Idols, is a serious SIN it is NOT a Religion.

      In that Hierarchical Politico-religious Organization known as the Roman Catholic Church, Idolatry has been Promoted and Taught for centuries. From the Pope all the way down to the most ignorant of Catholics, they all DO IT. They bow down before all of these Idols, Icons or as they want to call them "Representations" or "Images". These are ALL nothing more than the product of the Imaginations of feeble minds.

      They look at any of those Paintings and Statues, point at them and say things like: "That's Peter or that's Mary or even Jesus." ALL of these they do and even more gross and aberrant, abhorrent stuff they do, all the time. It doesn’t matter if they do it once a year or everyday, they ALL do it at one time or another.

      The RCC is NOT "the Church" at all. The RCC is above all a Politico-religious organization with Financial and Social interests the world over.

      February 17, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
    • .

      How DARE you think your opinion is the only true, correct, and relevant one! Your arrogance and hubris is astounding! It is good you are no longer Catholic, you are BARELY Christian! IF you think that the representations of the Mary, Jesus, and the saints are WRONG, GUESS WHAT? It stands to reason the MARY, JESUS, et al, are not in any way, shape, or form to be HONORED, and VENERATED! So what you're saying is Jesus is not DIVINE? Is Jesus not worthy of WORSHIP? You have just denounced Christianity!

      February 18, 2013 at 3:14 am |
  19. THE REALIST

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    PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING.

    OPEN YOUR EYES AND OPEN YOUR MIND

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    ................ GODisIMAGINARY.com (please visit) .......
    ******************** and THANK GOODNESS because ..
    .... he emanates from the EVILbible.com (please visit)
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    February 17, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  20. Berks

    @Loise, you make $27h thats great going girl good for you! My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online, seriously I couldn't be happier I work when I want and where I want. And with a little effort I easily bring in $35h and sometimes even as much as $85h…heres a good example of what i'm doing, Big44.c-om

    February 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • Scammers everywhere

      Never heard of an online pi*mp before.

      February 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
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