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On Sunday, Catholic Mass won't sound the same
Rev. Benny George is a associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Burbank, California.
November 26th, 2011
01:40 PM ET

On Sunday, Catholic Mass won't sound the same

By Jim Roope, CNN Radio National Correspondent

(CNN)–If you’re Catholic, mass this Sunday will sound different for  the first time in nearly half a century.

You’ll hear it in the prayers of both the people and the priests.

“We have come back to a more accurate translation of the Latin from the Roman Missal,” said Fr. Rick Hilgartner, executive director of the Divine Office of Worship for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “The language of prayer should be evocative, speaking in terms of imagery and metaphor.”

The changes are enormous, said Fr. Richard Albarano, of St. Francis Xavier Church in Burbank, California, and should help the 280 million English-speaking Catholics grow in their  love for the mass. “The mass is the center of our lives,” said Albarano.

Not since the Second Vatican Council in 1965 have such sweeping changes been made.

The Vatican II changes were radical – the priest spoke in English instead of Latin and he faced the people instead of having his back to them. An Old Testament reading was also added to the mass, a surprise to many who thought of the Catholic Church as a New Testament only church.

Other changes, large and small, were designed by Pope John XXIII to get the people (and not just the priest) involved in the mass. But the changes were not communicated in advance. People showed up one Sunday morning, and it was all changed.

“They wondered if they were even in a Catholic church,” said Albarano.

This time, the Catholic Church has been talking about the changes, and communicating them to parishes, since 2000. For the past three months, many parishes have been working to ready their followers for the changes in the wording of the prayers.

That doesn’t mean some won’t be caught by surprise. “It’s going to be like Vatican II all over again,” Albarano said. “I haven’t heard much about catechizing across the Los Angeles Archdiocese at all. We said we were going to do it. I hope we did.”

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- CNN

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  1. JerseyGeorge

    Most Christians don't believe in evolution, but do believe a phantom God created man from dirt. Just saying.

    November 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Maty

      It's nice you can think incorrectly about other peoples' beliefs to make yourself feel superior.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Ed - Spring, TX

      Actually, I believe your facts are made up. The majority of Christians do believe in evolution but there is a small vocal minority.

      November 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Jesus

      Some people find it easier to believe in a God creating the world in 7 days, a man living in a whale, and all the world's animals on an ark....but 21st century science is not credible to them.

      November 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
    • AK

      He's from Jersey. You expect different?

      November 26, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • yourworstnightmare

      And please explain your theory it is SOOO fool proof that suddenly there was just matter and then an explosion and all the laws of physics just happened and poof few billion years later it all collects and millions of amino acids move together into the perfect combinations to create a living creature that can reproduce, change, eat, grow, love, learn, teach, and are perfectly suited to their enviorment or change to fit it all by a mistake.... yet we can control and put together all these cells and regrow and change and make, yet we can't with all our tech make it from scratch, let alone by accident

      November 27, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • Really Jersey

      Most Catholics feel evolution & creation are not mutually exclusive. How long is God's day? However, atheists do believe they cease to exist at death except as worm food, just sayin'.

      November 28, 2011 at 1:15 am |
  2. T3chsupport

    The Catholic faith is dying. Had they not banned contraception and birth control, and promoted so much insane breeding, they would have died out long ago. No one is converting TO Catholicism. They breed enough new Catholics to maintain somewhat steady numbers, and replace the ones who leave the church. It's not growing any faster than they can breed... which is fast, to be sure, but one day won't be fast enough to save the religion.

    November 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Thor

      Actually, you are so unfortunately wrong. There ARE increasing numbers of Catholics. The whole Judeo/Christian/Muslim faiths are growing beyond logical comprehension. The masses are so lost in their own ability to love that they are becoming mesmerized by the religious zealots that control them. They are souls that are black and empty and lost..... the human nature to learn isn't being satisfied anymore by hard slavery, so, they turn to the empty songs and showtunes of priests, clerics, etc. As long as charletans are permitted to control the taxpayers, they will continue to follow those who can only lead sheep. Far be it for those crooks to lead real men.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • Jesus

      As long as there are ignorant poor people, religion will prosper.

      November 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
    • Convert

      You are not correct...1000s of people convert every year to Catholicism. I did so myself in 2009.

      November 27, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Faithful

      you are an idiot.

      November 27, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • Rocky

      After growing up Protestant and then living without religion for three years, I'm beginning the process of becoming Catholic, with the support of someone who became Catholic a few years ago. So yes, there are still converts.

      November 27, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • kara

      I know of many people converting here in my town.

      November 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • happypoet

      Every year at the Easter Vigil Mass we have a row(or two;) ) of people who spent all the time & effort of going through the RCIA program. They receive baptisms, are given 1st holy communions, & then they all are confirmed as new adult members joining the church that evening. Infant baptismal classes are getting larger too, due to increased numbers of Hispanic parishioners. I am just not seeing it here.

      November 28, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • holyhellministry

      The missions have enmeshed with developing and struggling nations, bringing food, medical assistance, education and the official No-Condoms policy from Rome afar, contributing to the explosive population expansion in these diverse areas. (Los Angeles is almost on that list) The church however is at an advantage in this respect that they have far reach to the corners of the globe and are in a prime front-runner position to "push condoms and provide birth control" as perhaps the greatest possible contribution to the region instead of allowing archaic dogma to interfere with nature.

      November 28, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  3. Me

    Escape from the Catholic church and seek one that encourages YOU to read the Bible and teaches the way to heaven is by Grace, not works. No ceremony, no church membership will get you to heaven.

    November 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Escape from religion nd seek the truth and know there is no heaven. No church membership will get you to heaven because there is no heaven.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Thor

      Maybe instead of reading a "bible" of fables, one could spend more time in reading how to help build, cure, feed, farm, grow,.... maybe, even still, just spend some time working!

      November 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Jesus

      Where is heaven? I need an address! 1,000 years ago, it was amongst the clouds. I imagine that Gawd moved heaven somewhere else. So where is it now?

      November 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • AK

      Yup..Parster say Jeebus don' hear no Cat'liks cuz theyz idol wurshipers. Tole' that to me n' the wife las' meetin' here in Dry Prairie Full Gospel Bapist – hey Sis, ain't that so?

      November 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • Convert

      As a Catholic I can tell you that you are not correct with this...we are encouraged to read the Bible and, oh my...we have Bible studies in churches, etc. Also...it is made very clear that faith AND works are important. Show your faith through your works. One might say "I pray for those with little food or shelter everyday" well that IS great...but why not pray for them AND help provide the things they need. THAT is what is meant by faith and works.

      November 27, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • GC

      Convert is correct. The Protestant mainstays of Sola Scriptura ("Scripture Alone") and Sola Fides ("Faith Alone") are refuted by the Bible. The Roman Catholic Church compiled the Bible, by the way, but under the watchful eye of the Holy Spirit.

      November 27, 2011 at 3:30 am |
    • GC

      I forgot to add that the Roman Catholic Church has NEVER taught false doctrines like Sola Scriptura and Sola Fides. It's why we believe in tradition as much as we do the Bible. Like St. Paul says in 2 Thessalonians: "So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter."

      You need both Scripture and tradition.

      We don't say this to demean Protestants. We say it because we pray that they come to the TRUTH.

      November 27, 2011 at 3:36 am |
    • gerald

      If the CC didn't want people to read the Bible then why do they post daily readings in their bulletins and on their websites. This is an old protestant wives tale that we Catholics are forbidden or discouraged from reading the Bible. I hear man sermons on Bible reading and can present you with quotes from Popes throughout the ages that encourage bible reading.

      November 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • gerald

      By the way we don't teach that works apart from grace get us to heaven. More silliness by a prot who thinks he knows all about the Catholic Church. If one fed all the poor but did not have Christ he would not go to heaven. Once in Christ, let's call it "saved" so that we are speaking the same language works are of great value of course. That is unless you ignore Matt 23, the sheep and the goats or Rom 2:4-8 which most protestants do.

      November 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • happypoet

      Every Catholic has the opportunity to hear & read along with 2 scripture passages per day( 1 Old Testament & 1New) during the weekly daily mass. On Sundays, there are 3 scripture readings to follow along with by reading the missalette, because a second New Testament reading is added. Every 2-3 years the ENTIRE bible is covered with an instructional homily derived from the covered passages at every mass. Pick up a bulletin at any Catholic church that has daily mass & it lists the bible passages for each day. Please stop lying to yourself, & others, about what Catholics do. Check it out. I Double Dog Dare You!

      November 28, 2011 at 2:05 am |
  4. Ungodly Discipline

    I think this is so fascinating.........where was I........oh yes, this is so fascinating.

    November 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Thor

      Not really. It's pathetic.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  5. Rosa

    Scary stuff......Sounds like the EVANGELICAL right got together with the right-wing bishops and twisted the bible to eliminate LOVE thy Neighbor and HATE the poor......I dont like this as a life-long Catholic. -R I love Jesus the LIBERAL with his LOVE and Mercy for ALL.

    November 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Catholics have never been interested in love. Only fear, hate and money. If this does not describe you, consider a new course of belief.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Thor

      Jesus was not an individual, but a collectiveness of lost souls who worked hard all of their lives, enslaved to their Jewish and Roman overlords. The message is clear: help your neighbor as much as you can because the overlords will not. Do this at the greatest of self sacrifice because it is better for the masses of humanity to die poor and whipped, rather than the overlords to live poor. Give a tenth of all of your money to the overlords so that they may not have to labor. Give them the power of your soul and your vote in order that they can control the Kings, Legislators, and taxmen over you. This will make the overlords wealthy and powerful. Please continue to follow the "faithgivers".....

      November 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  6. Robin Bray

    Saw what a farce religion was when I was just a kid. It amazes me that adults can be so stupid.

    November 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Me

      More amazing is how adults can lump them all together and declare they are all wrong..

      November 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      They are all wrong and it can easily be proved.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  7. Realtruth

    I wonder how mad some of these people would get if they knew there wasn't a god?

    November 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Ed - Spring, TX

      Not mad at all. You see, if you bet that there is a God and there actually isn't one you haven't lost anything. If you bet there isn't a God and there is one then you lose big time. Your choice.

      November 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Anon

      "Just in case" belief doesn't count with God.

      November 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  8. Thor

    So, just what is it that is done to sell a new car that really isn't new? Hmmmmm ....... Same old story.... another way to capture humand minds and enslave the "faihful" to pay the salaries of Cardinals, Bishops, Priests... et cetera! "It's all tricky with the kids though... we'll all catch on and.... (laughter inserted here)..."

    November 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  9. Rosa

    As a lifelong CATHOLIC on the left I am TERRRRRIFIEDDDD....it almost sounds like the right-wing NUTs got ahold of the Vatican....I do not want to be like the EXTREME Evangelicals who HATE THE POOR......not me! I follow GOD not Gingrich! -R

    November 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Thor

      Fear not Rosa.... the mind CAN be bent to the will of the mortal.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Fear not Rosa, you are nuts too. You are in like-minded company.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • happypoet

      Calm down, the biggest addition is to the "Gloria" which is a hymn of praise. Most of the added words are just more praise to God. Adding " We praise you,we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God , heavenly King, O God, almighty Father" does not change the meaning of this prayer. None of them changes the meanings. Some of them are a little archaic but since Catholicism is over 2,000 years old that's to be expected. The worst that can happen, it will just be a little unfamiliar for a while. I wouldn't want to be the choir director faced with the new "Gloria" though. It's a bit heavy on the superlatives now, & they usually sing it at my church 😉

      November 28, 2011 at 2:31 am |
  10. James Briggs

    They said we would get to hear some of the new mass. They talked about anything but. I never want to hear a CNN report again.

    November 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      Cause we all know that FOX is more informative...NOT!!!

      November 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Hi

      Truth, I'm sure you are just repeating another person's "truth" here also. If virtue of this, how are you different than a Catholic?

      I'm sure you don't follow both CNN and FOX in effort to ascertain which is "more informative." If you do, what methods to you utilize to eliminate bias?

      November 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Fox is a right wing, biased, republican mouth-piece for conservative evangelicals. They lie and conspire to mislead the right wing public to push the right wing agenda. People who get their "news" from Fox might as well be getting their news from goat entrails.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  11. Jenn

    It doesn't matter what the church does, the delusional sheep will always follow.

    November 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Hi

      If a so called delusion leads a person to a feeling of involvement, acceptance, moral engagement and a greater good, why would it be a such a bad thing to be a sheep?

      The alternative is much less appealing for many. Modern science has gross limitations and is highly postured, people are social in nature and we can never absolutely "know" anything as a single individual.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Hi: You have proven steadily how brainwashed you are!! You have no proof for what you say to be true. The limitations within science are constantly built upon, as more evidence is found science updates their information!! You say I lack education...at least I am capable of reading something more than a book that is outdated by 2000 years...you are the one lacking education...get over yourself, you're not so special and no god doesn't love you-he doesn't exist!

      November 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Hi

      I never stated any of my personal beliefs or opinions today.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  12. Stephen

    As a Recovering Catholic, I just have to wonder with all the major issues in our society and the world, is this where the hierarchy has to place it's emphasis? WWJD?

    November 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • gerald

      The hierarchy is not spending nearly as much time on this as the emphasis it is getting from the press. Your post is illogical.

      November 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  13. Steve

    Guess what bigots? Thousands of Catholics are crossing the border everyday from Mexico and other countries. Our country is becoming more and more Catholic everyday! I didn't cross the border, but let me tell you about me. I'm a very charismatic, articulate, convincing youth leader in the Catholic church, and me and others like me are churning out thousands and thousands of passionate young Catholics from our youth groups across the country. Get use to us – WE'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!!!!!!!! See you in the next life.:)

    November 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • plato101

      You go brother! God bless you.

      November 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • FUNR

      YAWWWWWWWWWWWWNNN....

      November 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Hi

      Truth, there are an estimated 1.2 billion practicing catholics on Earth. By your own estimation 500 are pedophiles. That is statistically insignificant and clearly not a broader representation. I would venture to state that it may be function of the vow of celibacy, which is problematic.

      I really don't respect your version of the truth and believe you use these message boards as a way to feel more important. You should have invested more time in your formal education as the majority of your points do indicate that you really do not have a handle on fact or objectivity.

      November 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • TAK

      Charismatic, articulate and convincing?
      But apparently not modest nor humble...

      November 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • robb

      And you believe in flying fairy unicorns. There is no god, get over it. You and all the other sheep of all the other faiths.
      Reality, you're soaking in it.

      November 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Hi: No, the number is much bigger than that. Approximately 5000+ and those are not my numbers. The following site is Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States alone: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/priestdb/PriestDBbylastName-A.html
      These stats do not lie!!!
      Btw: if you're backing the church, you're just as guilty...anyone who supports known pedophiles via attending their brainwashing sermons or donating money to them is only assisting them. You too are a pig and have no place outside of a jail!

      November 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Epimetheus

      Steve, there is no next life. Only this one, which deluded religious zealots–like yourself–insist on making miserable and intolerable because of the ritual, voodoo nonsense that you morons thrive on. There is help available for you. One has only to read you to note that hyperreligiousity that is common to bipolar manics. They have medications that can help. There is no god, no virgin mother and no son of god. Their is only emptiness. I wish there was a way of filming the last thought you'll ever have before you slip off into the void, not some heaven or paradise. Oh, and your buddies from south of the border practice a very different form of Catholicism. You will indeed go somewhere Steve, but it's a place that doesn't allow sharp objects or anything with which you might harm yourself. I also suspect that there is more than a trace of narcissim in anyone that describes themselves as "very charismatic, articulate, convincing ." Get help now!

      November 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      What you articulated has convinced me that you have all the charisma of the typical loudmouth in the restaurant boasting about himself. IOW, you are a one person charisma free zone.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Thor

      Hey brother Steve; that's mighty "christian" of you (ahem) to resort to namecalling.... So? We are all bigots?

      November 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • AK

      The atheists on this site are obviously deep down, scared as ... well, you know.... 😉

      November 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Ida

      God bless you. Keep up the good work. They never report the good things that the church does.

      November 27, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Convert

      Took awhile to find a positive comment...keep up God's work!

      November 27, 2011 at 2:32 am |
    • happypoet

      You got me laughing Steve. I have to admit your enthusiasm is contagious. The young people in our church do appreciate some "spirit", keep up the good work!

      November 28, 2011 at 2:45 am |
    • What If

      Steve,

      I had a good friend who joined Jehovah's Witnesses as a teenager. He was also very charismatic and articulate and travelled widely converting many and "solidifying" the beliefs of many others. He was also a deep thinker and a realist, and after about 20 years of proselytizing, he realized the lies and fallacies and downright nonsense that he was pedaling. Until his dying day he deeply regretted being so convincing to so many gullible people.

      November 28, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  14. Hi

    Christianity has done more good for the world, and has been the catalyst for the human progression into modernity, than any other movement and/or belief system. No valid argument against this assertion exists.

    November 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      Really?? So the crusades and the inquisition were good??

      November 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Jenn

      You have that backwards. Christianity has done more harm than good.

      November 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Hi

      How much do you really know about either series of events?
      It would be safe to assume very little as you were reckless enough to group two entirely separate events (in terms of culture, time, scope, geography, period and people) and use these as a counter-point to a broader point on our last two millennia.

      There are dark points in every real story, that is a simple function of the human condition.

      So, can you give us some high points in an atheist's history?

      November 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • jenn is an idiot

      jenn you're an idiot

      November 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • yadumonde

      You, sir, are an idiot for believing this... It just sounds good when you say it... But, it's NOT true.

      November 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Hi: Atheists are not a religion you moron!! The fact that you lack that basic knowledge proves how uneducated you really are. If you knew anything at all about Atheists, you'd know that we simply we state that we do not believe in a god. So your argument or attempt at one fails!! How can you deny what damage religion has caused when it is very clear??? Hitler was a christian who believed that it should be one race and one race only. The crusades; the inquisition; 9/11...all prime examples of the damage caused by religious beliefs.

      November 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      TruthPrevails, Hitler belongs in your group of big egos, wanting to be top dog, believing himself to have true answers ... follow him, follow him ....

      Actually, he was a practicing satanist.

      Amem/

      November 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      Humanism dragged the church-infested west into the modern world.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Oops, have to turn the light on to see the letters on the key board. That darn carpal tunnel.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Thor

      ...and to prove that it is christianity that we have to thank for ALL of the good in the world, we ignore all other peoples!

      November 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Hi

      Truth, as a teaching scholar, I've been published in multiple academic journals, periodicals, etc and hold two bachelors, a masters and a doctoral degree in finance from prestigious, accredited schools.

      I am very sorry that you are so limited in thought and ability, but am leaving on a very high point. I will never encounter your pathetic "awareness" and "purported" intelligence again. Your line of though follows that of the iatola komani.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @heavensent: WRONG AGAIN!! He was a believer...there is no disputing that. We've been through a million times with you; the fact that you are unable to read anything that does not meld with your delusions is not our issue! To compare him to Atheists b/c you claim he was a Satanist is rather stupid (not surprising coming from you). Atheists do not believe in satan, just like we do not believe in god.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Hi; You can't be taken at your word...you have proven to have no knowledge of the real world and I don't a damn about what your education is...I too have an excellent education but I do one thing you don't, I give credence to the 21st century and the evidence we have in front of us...not to a book of fiction. Being a scholar does not mean crap in this world if you lack the basic rational mind to live in the present!! No point in arguing with you, you are clearly a deluded individual in need of a good Doctor to help cure you of your mental health issues.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      @Hi "iatola"????? Where's your doctorate from? Matchbox University?

      November 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Really Jersey

      @hi, An Atheist history...born ....did some stuff , but didn't have time to do enough....died.....wormfood! Now for contrast how about; Mother Theresa....born.....helped the sick & dying, founded a religious order....died.....Sisters of the poor lives on. Get it?

      November 28, 2011 at 2:58 am |
  15. Gopherit

    Apart from the change in the response "And with your spirit" none of the other supposed changes was exemplified. What other linguistic changes have been made? For one who was jaded about the church by a Roman Catholic mother's use of the church's principles and by having attended Latin mass one wonders whether the next "evocative" change will be a return to the mass being in Latin.

    November 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      They've always change their mass around... adding, subtracting any man made words they want. I wonder when they will follow His light and actually teach Jesus' truth book by book, scripture by scripture?

      Amen.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Thor

      Hey "Heavensent"; all of you preachers lie to get a buck... yourself included....

      November 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  16. JWDT

    A small step in the right direction...next step is to reintroduce and reinforce the reason for the Church i.e. "Salvation of Souls". The sooner the Church rids itself of the Social Justice mentality and truly becomes the Ark for Salvation and seeks to convert, the better off our World will become.
    BTW – There are still plenty of pre-VII Masses being said in the World today, Deo Gratias!

    November 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • severinus

      Jesus preached social justice, and working for social justice is a fundamental duty of all Christians. Doing charitable works is a fundamental part of being Catholic. Unlike Protestantism, the Church does not preach salvation by faith alone – it is by faith, good deeds, and the sacraments of the church that one is saved. Disdain for the poor is un-Christian and contrary to salvation.

      November 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • plato101

      Rid itself of the Social Justice mentality? "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness"

      November 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Stephen

      I'm glad to see that Pharisees are alive and well.

      November 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • N

      As if the creator of 600 se'xtillion stars gave a rip what words it's little sad creatures said to it.

      November 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Tony Mart

    Although changes always bring a little bit of distress, evolution is needed for a better future. Those of you who don’t like the Catholic faith continue to pray to God in your faith and stop criticizing ours. God Bless You!!!

    November 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      When the catholic church turns over all the pedophiles so they can be properly disciplined for their crimes against innocent children, we will stop attacking them...until then enjoy our tirade, it's not going to stop!

      November 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      TruthPrevails, many true Christians are waiting for that outcome too.

      Amen.

      November 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Thor

      Hey "Truth"... wouldn't it be more appropriate for them just to stop molesting their sheep? Maybe take off their velcro gloves? Maybe stop all of this nebulous wasting of time on preaching good news and works and maybe just spending time working instead of stealing from peoples pocketbooks by resorting to fear and threats of a magical abyss?

      November 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  18. Derek

    Nice to see all Jewish people spitting thier hate here.

    When it comes to saving thier ass... they ask catholic/Christian countries to back them!!

    Typical HYPOCRATES!!

    November 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Brian

      The Jewish faith is slightly less stupid. They at least don't believe in a "man god" and resurrection.

      November 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Brian

      However, if you were referring to me I'm not jewish.

      November 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Mycology

      original poster... i dont see any jews hating anyone else here, and I dont see how you could tell if he / she / they were jewish, unless you just want to present the notion that jews spread hate against christians.

      I'm jewish, and I like Christ. I like his teachings, his philosophy, his pacifism,

      what I dont like is how some christians take his teachings and warp and twist and pervert them into something I can't agree with... I wish christians would be more like christ.

      as for a "messiah", well, I just dont know. call me faithless. Not saying he is, not saying he wasn't, just that I dont know, and I hope God opens my eyes for me soon

      November 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  19. Dan

    Paint it, clean it up, put lipstick on it, It's still the same old stuff. Whatever!

    November 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  20. Fantasies

    oh, is the RCC going to tell the truth for a change?

    November 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
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