March 1st, 2013
10:41 AM ET

Cardinal: CNN influence in pope process

(CNN)–Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, on how CNN's reporting could influence the selection of the next pope.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. Phaerisee

    Keep reporting and investigating, CNN. Until the average Catholic is important enough to know what is going on with the Church the only way we will find out is on CNN

    March 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 3, 2013 at 8:14 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 3, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  3. Cat Holic

    Cardinals shouldn't never be influenced by CNN. They should only be influenced by a much much higher authority like big money.

    March 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
  4. Correctlycenter

    " Your (God's) Word is a lamp for my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

    I will praise the name of the LORD. I will glorify you O God and lift up your name. Your instructions are a beacon for us believers in a dark world. The light of Jesus Christ always will extinguish the darkness of the enemy. Thank you Lord...

    March 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Bob

      Hey, while you're dumping bible quotes on us, take a look at this sh!t from the mean ole Christian sky fairy in the Christian book of horrors:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Leviticus 25
      44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
      45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
      46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.

      March 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • saggyroy

      @Bob I kinda like Numbers 31:18.

      March 5, 2013 at 6:26 am |
    • lol??

      Saggy Bob Roy, are you guys related?? Same daddy??

      March 5, 2013 at 6:33 am |
  5. Mohammad A. Dead

    Didn't know Cardinals had time to watch or read CNN?

    March 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • 6666666666666

      If they do bad stuff below

      Take dash out of se-x in url

      Roman Catholic Church Se-x Abuse Cases


      March 2, 2013 at 5:54 am |
  6. Reality

    Carus RCC Cardinalium,

    Fuerint dies tui numerati Penitus ut includunt rhoncus tincidunt eros globally promulgat veritatem circa religionis. Summarium:

    Ponatur kibosh / "google" on omnis religio in minus quam decem seconds: INAESTIMABILIS!

    • Quantum scit et cognoscit, non est Abraham fundamenta Iudaeis et Christianis temporibus non sunt Islam.

    • Quantum scit et cognoscit, non est columnas Moses Iudaeis et Christianis temporibus non vis ut Islam.

    • Non fuit Gabriel ie Islam deficit sicut a religionis. Christianismus partialiter deficit.

    • non erat Pascha ie Christianismus totaliter deficit sicut a religionis.

    • Non fuit Moroni ie Mormonism nihil plus est quam negotium cultu.

    • Sacra / venerande vaccas, simia deos, castes, reincarnations et ideo Hinduismus deficit sicut a religionis.

    • Fat Buddhas hic, macilentos Buddhas ibi, reincarnated / renascentis Buddhas ubique facit pro nemo Buddhismus.

    March 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
  7. AvdBerg

    The Spiritual Truth


    Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14).

    March 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  8. AvdBerg

    Spiritual Truth


    Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14).

    March 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

      The National Insti'tute Of Health Study has proven ho'mophobes are latent gays, and afraid of something in themselves.
      When are you going to come out AVD ?

      March 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
  9. 666667

    The only party of the process CNN provides is to give Catholic haters a place to post hate filled comments.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  10. Rollo Tomasi

    CNN can influence the process? Yeah right.

    Well, I see the Catholic clergy still lies through its teeth. Like that's a surprise.

    March 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
  11. Doobs

    I thought that the poop is ordained by god. So CNN can influence god? Let's hope god doesn't switch to Faux News.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • Science

      Doobs that is a scary thought...



      March 1, 2013 at 11:27 am |
  12. Observer

    Praying for godly discernment in this whole process. Praying for the next pope.

    March 1, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • OOO

      Do you really believe by chanting hopes (I don't call them prayers) in your head or out loud somewhere, there is a supernatural bieng listening that is going to do something based on this? He doesn't already know what's going on and he has to find out from your internal thinking and chanting?

      March 1, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • OOO

      being, not bieng... I was hoping god would spell check me.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • Science


      He should of.


      March 1, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • Alias

      God does do spell checking.
      That is how Auto Correct works so fast on my phone.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Jabez

      OOO- do you comment for the sake of commenting? Or, do you have a point that is relevant to the subject of this article? Looks like your mind grasps information s l o w l y.

      March 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      God doesnt even know how to write his own book...how could he spellcheck??????????

      March 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • *


      "He should _of_." ???

      SpellCheck will never ketch that won, ewe sea, butt it is quiet wrung.

      (hint: it's "should have" or "should've".

      March 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • Science

      The english and all it's funky words got me thanks

      March 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • Be honest

      Bless you Observer, prayer is what's needed and the most effective prayer is the Holy Rosary. The Rosary is the scourge of Satan and the strongest weapon we have against evil.

      Since the election of the new Holy Father concerns Catholics I wonder why the anti-catholic, anti-God brigade are bothering to post at all?

      March 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Science

      Better inspiration for life than your fairy in the sky

      Icy Cosmic Start for Amino Acids and DNA Ingredients


      25,000 light years from EARTH No god(s) required


      March 2, 2013 at 6:15 am |
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