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March 12th, 2013
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Answering the call to priesthood

(CNN)–CNN's Chris Cuomo chats with two young New Yorkers who, despite sacrifices, are working to join priesthood.

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  1. chanel # 5

    we are all called to the priesthood. all can intercede for others. no one can forgive our sins against god but god. others may offer their forgiveness, but that doesn't translate into receiving god's forgiveness

    March 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
    • blake

      stay clear

      March 27, 2013 at 12:54 am |
    • blake

      Dorothy is whacked, mentally ill and stupid

      March 27, 2013 at 12:55 am |
    • blake

      she is spewing hate speech and announcing the end of christians

      March 27, 2013 at 12:57 am |
    • blake

      CNN has been warned and they have failed to prevent her and her many impostors from continuing on her crusade

      March 27, 2013 at 12:59 am |
  2. kevobx

    State of Israel exposed? *Isaiah 48:1 Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness. *John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. *Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. *1st Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethen, concerning them that are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. *Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. *Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. *Exodus 24:10 And they shall the God of Israel. *Isaiah 48:2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The Lord of hosts is his name. *Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. *Isaiah 38:19 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit; cannot hope for thy truth.

    March 12, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • End Religion

      In a recent scientific test proving existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Christian communion wafers were compared against a FSM communion meal after participants fasted for 72 hours, and the following result was noted:

      "Both subjects had their vitals recorded before and after communion. Upon completion of the test, the Christian was found to be listless, with decreased heart rate, body temperature, and brain function. The Pastafarian recorded increased heart rate, body temperature, and brain function, commenting that he felt "full," which we interpreted to mean whole(2)

      (2.) That is, the FSM test subject was showing signs of His [Noodly] presence."
      – Gospel of FSM

      March 13, 2013 at 3:06 am |
  3. Father Harry

    One day I awoke with a strong urge to see young boys naked. That's when I knew the priesthood was calling.

    March 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    March 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • 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!

      March 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      March 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
  5. End Religion

    Cherish mankind's wonderful works!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsOo3jzkhYA&w=640&h=390]

    March 12, 2013 at 11:11 am |
  6. clarity

    March 12, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • clarity

      Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Cases

      http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/r/roman_catholic_church_sex_abuse_cases/index.html

      Not good

      March 12, 2013 at 10:49 am |
  7. Andy

    God bless our priests!

    March 12, 2013 at 9:17 am |
    • meifumado

      And keep them away from children.

      March 12, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  8. clarity

    clarity
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Cases

    http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/r/roman_catholic_church_sex_abuse_cases/index.html

    Not good

    March 12, 2013 at 9:08 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      The only reason that people would hit "report abuse" on this post is if they have lost touch with the reality that is the catholic church. They have systemic problems that will never be fixed.

      March 12, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  9. Reality

    Add another two to the long list of those suffering from being Born, Bred and Brainwashed in their religion. (The Three B Syndrome)

    It is very disturbing that religious narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to randomness of birth. Maybe, just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

    March 12, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • mzh

      Dear Reality: I do not think you are realizing that you are also being brain washed by saying what you saying...

      Here is one of the definition of Religion: Religion is consist of a list of 'Do' vs 'Don't' and you live your life by following this list... now the important question here is what criteria should i follow to come up with my list of 'Do vs Dont'... either i have to follow a book or books from what we have at this time i.e. Bible, Torah, Gita, Quran and so on.... OR i come up with my own list.... now i don't think there is anyone who is not religious meaning do not follow any religion (the list of do vs don't)...

      Now the second important question is: how do we know which book to follow in order to come up with my 'do vs don't' list? because almost every religion has some common like every one would say 'do not harm ur neighbor, do not do drug and so on... this is where we have to use our brain and see which makes more sense...

      some may have diff opinions... i hope it will help a little...

      March 12, 2013 at 9:03 am |
    • Reality

      And now to some rational thinking:

      “John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident (the randomness) of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus. Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

      The Situation Today
      Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed. “ J. Somerville

      It is very disturbing that religious narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to randomness of birth. Maybe, just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

      March 12, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • Reality

      Only for the those interested in a religious update and some added rational studies and conclusions:

      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “
      prob•a•bly
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      4. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current problems:

      The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

      5. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      March 12, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  10. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    Some believe that celibacy is appropriate for certain people, or for certain positions. It's ridiculous. Celibacy is unnatural and will continue to cause problems for the religious institutions that employ it.

    Many of the people from these same institutions advocate against abortion, but don't understand the realistic benefit of the morning after pill or even basic contraception; their unrealistic wishful thinking is causing the death of many at the hands of disease. Realistically, many abortions could be avoided if a morning-after pill were not viewed as such an evil option. Many of these same people bring children into the world at a high pace, and then would prefer that the rest of society take over and educate their children in their particular brand of religion when they don't plan well.

    In the U.S. recently we learned of the head of LCMS chastising a minister of that church for participating in a joint service for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

    One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage.

    One sect, the Westboro Baptist Church believes Americans are being killed at war because America is too kind to "fags".

    One sect believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    One sect believes women to be subservient, while another sect in the same denomination promotes equality between the sexes.

    Conflicted right from the very beginning, Christianity continues to splinter and create divisions and more extremism as it goes.

    =================================================
    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    March 12, 2013 at 7:54 am |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 12, 2013 at 7:16 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!

      March 12, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      March 12, 2013 at 8:40 am |
  12. Colin

    Ten signs you are a Catholic.

    [Now, if you are a Catholic and have an issue with anything I say below, respond. But, I am sick of getting responses like, “you have no idea about REAL Catholicism” or “You have no idea what you are talking about” with no specifics. If you disagree with ANYTHING I say, point it out. If you just don’t like hearing how absurd your religion is, get over it.]

    So, TEN SIGNS YOU ARE A CATHOLIC

    1. You honestly believe that an all powerful, immortal being created the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies (each with billions of stars) about 13,720,000,000 years ago, then sat back and did nothing for virtually all this time, until h.omo Sapiens evolved on one planet, then sent his “son” to visit some Jews in the late Iron Age Middle East and tell them parables about wheat, goats and sheep.

    2. You believe that priests have special, magic powers that nobody else does, that allow them to turn grocery store bread and wine into the actual flesh and blood of a crucified apocalyptic Jew from 2,000 years ago.

    3. You believe that, when you think silent thoughts like “please God, help me pass my exam tomorrow,” the being that created the entire cosmos reads your mind and will intervene to alter what would otherwise be the course of human history in small ways to satisfy your concerns – or “answers your prayers” as you call it.

    4. You are about 60% likely to believe that the entire Universe was created less than 10,000 years ago with one man, one woman and a talking snake.

    5. You believe that your “all loving” god will cause those who are smart enough to be honestly and rationally skeptical of his existence to suffer an eternity of torture an infinite times worse than anything Hitler came up with. You don’t have to kill, you don’t have to steal, hell, you don’t even have to litter. All you need do is honestly, rationally and reasonably reject a belief in the Catholic god and he will inflict a barbaric eternal torture on you an infinite times worse than the death penalty……and he loves you.

    6. You base your belief almost entirely on the life and divinity of Jesus Christ, blissfully ignorant of who wrote the 4 gospels upon which this belief is 100% based, how the gospels were altered over the Centuries and when and in what language the authors wrote.

    7. You probably don’t even know anything about how the Bible was compiled, who write it, who decided what books to include and what to exclude and the criteria they used, yet you base your entire view of life, death and the Universe on it.

    8. You believe you will live for ever after death, with zero evidence to support such a preposterous claim.

    9. You fail to realize that you are a Catholic for no other reason than where you were born. If you were born in India, chances are you would be a Hindu; if in Israel, a Jew; if in Iran a Shiite Muslim. Every culture that has ever existed has its own god or gods, yet you believe you were lucky enough to have been born in the one time and place where we “got it right.”

    10. At its core, Catholicism requires a belief that a god impregnated a virgin with himself, to give birth to himself, so he could sacrifice himself to himself, to forgive the original sin of a couple that anybody with a fifth grade education knows did not exist.

    March 12, 2013 at 4:11 am |
    • USMC 1371

      Shouldn't number one be the desire for little boys? sicko's

      March 12, 2013 at 5:58 am |
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