March 18th, 2013
10:39 AM ET

Pope Francis energizes world's Catholics

(CNN)–CNN's Ben Wedeman looks at how the personable character of Pope Francis is energizing Catholics around the world.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Pope Francis • Vatican

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  1. Wilber Nabarro

    i always like to read health news because they keep me updated about the newest food supplements and health tips..*-*

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    June 22, 2013 at 1:37 am |
  2. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    Some believe the Pope is the Anti-Christ.

    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 Lutheran CMS 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 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  3. me

    The Anvil – I think you are the mental one...

    March 19, 2013 at 7:10 am |
  4. reo

    With his love of being among the people he is going to be a nightmare for the poor Swiss Guards who protect him

    March 19, 2013 at 12:51 am |
  5. 3 yeses

    Great! Need a positive, encouraging & energizing Pope who can share the love of God.

    March 18, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Pope-A-Dope is not needed. The world survived for two weeks without one and and likely could survive forever. Most of the earth's population has no need for a pope, especially a priestly pedophile protector. The pope is merely the man behind the curtain, as in The Wizard of Oz, a charlatan, a liar, a mentally ill delusional, a fraud.

      March 18, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
    • sam stone

      why do you need an intermediary?

      March 19, 2013 at 7:28 am |
  6. Montecristo

    For those interested, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_apparition Read further about Fatima, Medjugorje and other Marian apparitions. Also, the Miracle Detective by Randall Sullivan is an excellent book.

    March 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • Baphomet

      Yes, see the virgin Mary's face at prolapsed.net. Gaze into the eyes of the mother of your lord.

      March 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
  7. Reality

    Putting the kibosh on all religion and an end to this religion blog in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    (And only for the new members of this blog.)

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    March 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • The real Tom

      What a twit.

      March 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • John

      He's a twit because he doesn't believe your fantastical creation mythology? If the best a believer can do when confronted by a skeptic is name call, the church's future is short indeed.

      March 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • The real Tom

      You dingus, I'm not a believer. He's a twit because he posts these interminable treatises as if he were providing a public service. He prides himself on his windy prose. He's got an inflated ego.

      March 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • Akira

      And here I thought that it was John who believed in fantstical creation mythology. I don't think Reality does, either; evidenced by "• As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

      • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose."

      March 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • Reality

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

      New Torah For Modern Minds

      “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. (prob•a•bly
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell).

      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 doc-ument.

      The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

      March 19, 2013 at 12:24 am |
  8. Bootyfunk

    run and hide, catholic choir boys, the pope is "energized".

    March 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Valentina

      Evidently not nearly as energized as you boys in the Klan and the other anti-Catholic bigots out there.

      March 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • Ned

      Bigotry in this thread looks to be all yours, little Valentina.

      March 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • .

      I think those good old KKK boys have more in common with the pedo priests than Booty and Douglas, Val, old gal.

      March 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
  9. Science is Fun

    Five-Million-Year-Old Saber-Toothed Cat in Newly Discovered Genus Discovered in Florida


    March 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
  10. Science is Fun

    Answering questions about evolution:
    One Gene, Many Mutations: Key That Controls Coat Color in Mice Evolved Nine Times


    March 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Hey

      What is your point? This article is not on science? You just randomly post off topic things? Are you ok?

      March 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • Ned

      Your statement was not a question?

      March 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
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