Pope to Mass of millions: Get out of church
Hundreds of thousands crowd Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, waiting for Pope Francis to lead a worship service.
July 28th, 2013
10:17 AM ET

Pope to Mass of millions: Get out of church

By Eric Marrapodi and Miguel Marquez, CNN
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Rio de Janeiro (CNN) - Pope Francis closed out World Youth Day with a final Mass before a giant crowd of millions on Copacabana Beach.

"Go, do not be afraid, and serve," the pope told the crowd Sunday.

Catholic pilgrims from around the world traveled to Brazil for the weeklong celebration and a chance to see the pontiff, whose visit was a shot in the arm for a church that has seen its share of scandal and troubles.

Massive crowds followed Francis at every stop on the trip. Organizers and local officials said 1.5 million people came out for the Way of the Cross observance on Friday.

The mayor's office in Rio said final estimates for a prayer vigil on Saturday could reach up to 3 million. On Sunday, the Vatican citing civil authorizes put the crowd for the final Mass over 3 million.

Helicopter shots showed crowds that stretched shoulder to shoulder for two miles, lining the beach and the streets, where pilgrims had camped out overnight as part of the prayer vigil.

As the "popemobile" made its way down Avenue Atlantica for a final time on this trip, the military lined both sides of the street along with volunteers keeping the crowds further back from pope.

Security guards continued to bring infants to the pope to bless and even began lifting disabled persons in wheelchairs up to for a blessing from the pontiff.

During his homily the pope admonished the crowd to go and share their faith: "The experience of this encounter must not remain locked up in your life or in the small group of your parish, your movement, or your community."

"Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent," he said.

The pope said the message applied all the more to the young people from Latin America.

In Brazil over the past three decades the Catholic Church has slipped significantly, dropping from 90% to 65% of the population.

"Evangelizing means bearing personal witness to the love of God," the pope said. "It is overcoming our selfishness, it is serving by bending down to wash the feet of our brethren, as Jesus did."

That message, he said, "is bringing God's power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers of selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world."

After the pope had concluded his sermon, organizers asked for a moment of silence from the giant crowd. During the moment of silence the crashing waves could be heard.

Before the Mass began, the group participated in a giant flash mob featuring a coordinated dance. Bishops on the stage in their white vestments and pointed miter hats danced along with the throng on the beach to the official World Youth Day song. Organizers said they hoped this would be the largest flash mob in history.

At the conclusion of the service the pope announced, "We have an appointment for the next World Youth Day in 2016 in Krakow, Poland."

Pope John Paul II was the bishop of Krakow. This month, Francis signed off on a second miracle for the long serving and popular pope, allowing the church to declare him a saint. A formal date for the canonization has yet to be announced.

The pope concludes his first international trip on Sunday and returns to the Vatican.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Americas • Brazil • Catholic Church • Christianity • Pope Francis • Vatican

soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Felix Sinclair

    Well, if you can't weasel your way into Heaven by judging others and bragging about how humble you are, then what's the point of being religious?!?

    July 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
  2. harleybird

    Now you're telling Catholics to go out and share their faith? Ask a Jehovah's Witness how it's done.

    July 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      Nah – keep 'em in their churches. I don't want more people coming to my door to sell their religion.

      When JW's show up I tell them Halloween is my favorite holiday and that they should come by for some candy next time it rolls around.

      July 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
      • dannyzihua

        interesting name you have..."CommonSensed" What example did our Lord Jesus gave to do to others?? MATTHEW 24:14.
        Luke 8:1; 10:1, Matthew 28:20, Matthew 7:12.... I admire what Jehovah's Witnessess do and in 239 Lands... No other do what they do.....

        August 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  3. ME

    I think the problem is why can't people who believe in God and those who don't not try to convince each other that they're wrong? Whatever works for you might not work for the next person. No need to convert or convince.

    July 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Jeshua

      But sir, if you were going to hell, would you not tell yourself stop, you are going to hell, receive christ and you shall go to heaven? that I understand.
      What I do not understand is Atheists trying to convince others there is no God, for if they succeed, and are wrong(which they are) then they shall go to hell and they would've caused the death and will be Guilty of causing the deaths of many others.

      August 16, 2013 at 5:45 am |
      • truthprevails1

        How are you so certain we are wrong? Does it make you feel better to wish eternal torture upon your fellow human? You might want to look outside your belief or follow what your god says about not judging, for judging also condemns you to hell according to your book.

        August 16, 2013 at 5:52 am |
      • dannyzihua

        *** w09 11/1 p. 5 Myth 2: The Wicked Suffer in Hell ***
        Myth 2: The Wicked Suffer in Hell
        What is the origin of the myth? “Of all classical Greek philosophers, the one who has had the greatest influence on traditional views of Hell is Plato.”—Histoire des enfers (The History of Hell), by Georges Minois, page 50.
        “From the middle of the 2nd century AD Christians who had some training in Greek philosophy began to feel the need to express their faith in its terms . . . The philosophy that suited them best was Platonism [the teachings of Plato].”—The New Encyclopædia Britannica (1988), Volume 25, page 890.
        “The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.’ The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God.”—Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994 edition, page 270.
        What does the Bible say? “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, . . . for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”—Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10, Revised Standard Version.
        The Hebrew word Sheol, which referred to the “abode of the dead,” is translated “hell” in some versions of the Bible. What does this passage reveal about the condition of the dead? Do they suffer in Sheol in order to atone for their errors? No, for they “know nothing.” That is why the patriarch Job, when suffering terribly because of a severe illness, begged God: “Protect me in hell [Hebrew, Sheol].” (Job 14:13; Douay-Rheims Version) What meaning would his request have had if Sheol was a place of eternal torment? Hell, in the Biblical sense, is simply the common grave of mankind, where all activity has ceased. Is not this definition of hell more logical and in harmony with Scripture? What crime, however horrible, could cause a God of love to torture a person endlessly? (1 John 4:8) But if hellfire is a myth, what about heaven?
        Compare these Bible verses: Psalm 146:3, 4; Acts 2:25-27; Romans 6:7, 23

        August 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  4. John

    At last a Pope we can be proud of.

    July 29, 2013 at 10:43 am |
  5. Skorpio

    The AYATOLLAH to Islamic clerics: Get out of church(mosques) and give away bombs, AK-47, toxic gases so people can kill themselves and reach paradise more rapidly.

    July 29, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  6. lionlylamb

    Young Korean boy singer in a talent show


    July 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Sorry Mr. Lamblylioness,
      That video was popular a few years ago. You just came out of your den this week ?
      You should get out of your church more too.

      July 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
  7. lionlylamb


    What I seem to sensualize among religious disbelievers posting here, they are bent upon their quantifying dementias flowing upon easy pickings to conjure upon others feelings of sarcasm and bitterness emanations toward their owned selfish aspirations to beat silly those who are yet firmly planted by religious convictions... Such religious disbelievers are like ravenous wolves wanting to chew apart ravenously the flesh and bones of unsteadied believers yet mature enough to stand against such wolves of disparity... Time though is in the hands of the most righteous of the religiously solvent and most are as children wanting to seek verbalized persecutions and envious embitterment challenges where no consolations of breaded peacefulness can ever be weighed out and spread upon the masses

    July 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • Rocket surgeon

      Some some smokin random word generator ya got there.

      July 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
      • lionlylamb

        Do Mr. and Mrs. Rocketeer know your playing doctor with their child...? Be careful lest you get jailed or worse..!

        July 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
        • Rocket surgeon

          So THAT's what's on your mind. Interesting.

          July 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
    • .

      LL is the belief blog pseudo intellect because of their poor writing skills, just laugh and move on.

      July 29, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • CommonSensed

      Hooray for the LL word scramble of the day.

      Still, you'd think there was a code in there...

      July 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  8. AE

    Our relationship with Jesus defines genuine Christianity.

    No salvation prayer, church membership, or baptism can ever subst!tute for intimate communion with Jesus Himself.

    July 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      So you're saying your religion is all in your head. Talking to a fantasy being.
      Interesting. And these people actually think they are sane.

      July 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
      • AE

        No, that is not what I'm saying.

        That came from your head.

        July 28, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          No that's what you're CLAIMING. In fact there is not a shred more evidence that your imaginary friend is any more real than any run of the mill psychotic who is on meds for hearing voices, and seeing things. It IS all in your head.

          July 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
        • AE

          No, that is just what you think.

          God is real.

          July 29, 2013 at 12:01 am |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          No. Your idea of a god is real to you. There is not a shred of evidence for any invisible anything.
          What you are saying is the SAME thing delusional patients in the psych ward say to their providers.
          It's all in your head.
          If not, let's see you prove it, and go down in history as the first person to do it.

          July 29, 2013 at 12:07 am |
        • AE

          Humbly ask God to reveal Himself.

          He did to Martin Luther King, JR – and he certainly wasn't a delusional patient in a psych ward.

          You probably place your life in the hands of people who believe in God everyday... police officers, pilots, doctors, etc. I doubt you truly believe that people who believe in God are mentally ill.

          There are delusional people in the psych ward who do not believe in God.

          July 29, 2013 at 12:13 am |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Wrong. So you're suggesting I start talking to invisible people who are not there also ? Sorry.
          The point is, your "faith" is the product of your brain chemistry. Neuro-science has proof of the parts of your brain that light up when you pray, and think religious nonsense. For good or ill, you cannot demonstrate anything else.
          You can demonstrate NOTHING else.
          If you were born a Hindu or Muslim, you would be one of them.

          July 29, 2013 at 12:26 am |
        • AE

          Perhaps you are on a "faith and belief" talking about God for a reason.

          God's ways are not human being's ways.

          Try to get on your knees and humbly ask God to reveal Himself to you in a way you can understand.

          If you really want to know more about God, try doing this every morning for the next 3 weeks.

          July 29, 2013 at 12:32 am |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Sorry. Why would I embrace metal illness, willingly.
          Which god should I pick ? The Hebrew god of the armies, (Yahweh) ? The Christian god with 3 heads ? Vishnu ? Osiris ? The Aten ? Zeus ? Allah ? El Elyon ? Baal ? Mars ? The Arabic god Sin ?

          July 29, 2013 at 12:50 am |
        • AE

          Try praying to the living God. No knowledge of those other names you listed is needed. God will answer you.

          But you have to be willing to try.

          July 29, 2013 at 1:05 am |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Ya mean I don't get to know the name of my new invisible friend ?
          Does your invisible friend tell you her name when she talks to you ?

          July 29, 2013 at 1:28 am |
        • AE

          I'm talking about God.

          Not an invisible friend.

          If you just want to argue, or try to prove yourself right. I give up. You win.

          If you honestly want to seek God – and have that hole in your life filled – ask God for help.

          July 29, 2013 at 1:33 am |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Nope. You're projecting, and also revealing your mental illness.
          I'm as happy as can be. I have no "hole in my life". You're presumption that lives are missing something without invisible friends is false. But what you are telling us, is that you NEED your god in your brain, in order to feel good. That's very interesting what you reveal. It is all about psychological need. You NEED to fill a hole in YOUR life with your invisible friends. More stuff explained by what's in your brain 100 %.

          July 29, 2013 at 2:33 am |
        • Merrillee

          Why do people always feel that atheists have some emptiness that needs to be somehow filled, and only their God can do that? I can't think of anything more arrogant and patronizing.

          July 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • ...

        Anyone with a handle "Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god" must be mentaly impaired.

        July 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
    • Rocket surgeon

      The Invisible Pink Unicorn is real too. You just can't see it Bippy. What is wrong with you ?
      They told me I had to give up my invisible friend when I was about 4 or 5. But I decided to be religious so I wouldn't have to.

      July 29, 2013 at 12:09 am |
  9. Answer

    Ole ye faithful...

    "Vehicle plunged off bridge in Italy"

    The bus carrying pilgrims home from a visit to a Catholic shrine fell almost 100 feet off the bridge on a road east of Naples, reports say.

    -– And they were called home. Rich. In comedy. Bye bye ole ye faithful.

    July 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Thank god. For he is merciful. Oh wait.

      July 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
      • Darko

        Bippy fills the hole in your head with his mystical and divine horn

        July 29, 2013 at 9:30 am |
  10. lionlylamb


    Shakespeare is a friendly sort but alas many know him not... A penny will no longer leverage open the skirted valor's seminaries of sequenced womanhood any more than of manhood's lamenting wayward vices... Keeping everyone's chastity as being held sacred is an elusive affair ever stoically to be and become the ravenous wolf's gainfulness...

    Though there be critical ones thinking among the topmost branches of civilizations trees of disparagement offerings: the rooted labyrinths of reasoned deducing ways offers little minded goodness to be availed unto the soulless seekers whose only wisdom is found within travesty's demonic exuberances laying ever wastefully towards all graven worded reconciliations that the demonic do behest against many a Holy Believer in and of God's most unrighteous beneficiaries as being an unholy divider in search of disenfranchised souls to devour and chew upon...

    The gullibility's pragmatists are relationally transcribed be they overtly religious and even of the mundanely inverted against anything religious... The ever hardening of bitterness offerings runs ever continuously upon the mainstreamed religious waters unending motions... For without believer’s sanctifications who would be the beneficiaries witnesses..? Does not a cold-heart seek ever the warmth of another's heartfelt wondering ways..?

    Assuredly does not truth come from the readings of the word and knowing of each and all words understandable meanings..? Where then does truth remain standing if meanings cannot be as meaning felt devotional understandings..? Do not many people stop thinking becoming themselves as mindless beasts ever to be herded here to there and made to eat this thing and drink of the other thing..?

    Toward my belief system, religion is a personal belief and should not be a sociable consideration... Anyone's beliefs upon religious conjuring séances should be held personally and not be centered by any socialism of the religiously clairvoyant which tends to conjure their weekly seminary séances upon the weakly enamored folks ever forsaking the doctrines oaths… Emotionalisms are where religious circles are deemed rented and the renters pay steeply for a yarn’s worth... Therefore keep one's faith separated from religious teamsters who take and never give their folded flocks any causally rational explanations as to why there are reportedly many more of God's many sons then what Christendom so potentially claims there to be…

    I am affirmed full of faithfulness in there being a God who has born many godly sons even Satan himself who must have been so handsome, the rest of God's sons saw Satan's beauty and they all fell down at Satan's feet for he was so handsome... Nowadays we creatures of the mists do no more exemplify many of God's first born sons and have taken sides against God's many sons and we have named Jesus as God's first born which I no longer stand up to believe anymore. Jesus if anything was God's last son to be born and bore by a human woman which makes Jesus out to be a half-breed. C'mon God! Tell us all your truths in all of your first born sons being so born when Chaos once did rule supremely..!

    July 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
    • Answer

      Garbage as usual.

      July 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • Darko

      Is this what happens when religious fanatics take acid?

      July 29, 2013 at 9:31 am |
    • CommonSensed

      LL – your word generator doesn't seem to be getting better. Try a new algorithm.

      July 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Eric

      Thank you...

      August 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  11. Fear Not - the Amazing Sky Zombie will Save You!

    Stupid, deluded Christians.

    July 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Answer

    Think on the piece of meteorite in the Middle East.

    Which has a far greater following? - Good luck with the retorts and your delusions.

    July 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • Omnia In Gloriam Diaboli, Ecclesiam Catholicam

      There is no "one" meteorite. There were many. It was a common theme in ancient mythology. In Acts 19:35 the image of Diana in the temple of Artemis at Ephesis was one example, but all the pre-Muslim Arabian towns with a Kaba also had "black" stones they circled regularly, and prayed regularly. It's but one of many examples of syncretic religious practices which were imported into both Christianity, and Islam.

      July 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
      • Answer

        And that piece of rock out performs in ceremony over a pope. That is hilarious.

        July 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
      • Answer

        Maybe you catholics should go and find your own black rock and encase it also in a monolith. 😀

        July 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Well they do walk around lots of stuff, big marble (stone) altars, "ways of the cross", rosary parades, pilgrimages, they crawl up and down the steps of some pilgrim sites, they honor all sorts of VERY strange relics, heads, fingers, disembodied hearts, etc. Did you know St. Therese of Lisieux is STILL not buried ? Creepy, huh ? Her casket travels around the world. They have more than enough "strange" of their own. The weird thing is they *say* they believe that the second person of the trinity, (yup actually THE god) is in their tabernacles. Obviously they don't really buy that, or they would be flat on their face in front of them, in church ALL the time, and NOTHING else would be important. They obviously don't REALLY believe that a god is actually down the block.

          July 29, 2013 at 12:45 am |
  13. Rhaj - Haja Raza

    So... catholics are encouraged or told to 'evangelize'.

    I am an atheist.
    My question.. how do you' Catholics' feel if the atheists go (also) to 'unevangelize' the world ?

    July 28, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
    • JMJ



      July 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      When atheists do it, it's called "militant atheism".
      When Catholics do it, it's called "sharing the good news", and "evangelization".

      July 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
    • I do that as often as possible

      Personally responsible for destroying the delusions (faith) of 15 people – and counting.

      They just need to be deprogrammed – like anyone else that's been brainwashed by cults.

      July 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
      • toll

        Wow, by disproving the existence of God? do tell.

        July 28, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
      • lionlylamb

        WoW..!! Your pride index must be shot to hell...?

        July 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
      • Rocket surgeon

        There is not one Catholic here who would NOT be a Catholic if they were not born into that cult.
        The probability that ANY person of faith was born into and indoctrinated in the cult of their birth is very high.
        That alone should tell them something.

        July 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
    • Eternal One

      Isn'tl that what you have been doing for decades already? it has brought great results: moral realtivism, absence of values, selfishness, unhappyness, poverty, massacres, war, conflict, divisionism, curruption..the list is quite impressive.

      July 29, 2013 at 9:24 am |
      • Rhaj - Haja Raza

        I am atheist, and again, I respect social conventions. I value (or tolerate), as much as you do, whatever our society is valuying, but, (maybe not like you), I do not need a superpower (god), a guru (the pope), a stick (hell) nor a carrot (heaven) to respect (or tolerate) social conventions.
        I can accept and I understand you. Can you accept and understand me?

        moral realtivism, absence of values, selfishness, unhappyness, poverty, massacres, war, conflict, divisionism, curruption..

        July 29, 2013 at 10:39 am |
  14. Omnia In Gloriam Diaboli, Ecclesiam Catholicam

    Is he afraid the Italian press will out some more gay Curia members ? What WAS in that report that caused Benny to quit ?

    July 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
  15. Tracy Carpenter

    Please, this is the kind of arguing that his Holiness urges us to avoid! Be kind to one another.

    July 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • Hey Tracy - how is keeping a man from his dying husband in a hospital KIND?

      You hateful hypocrites should be ASHAMED of yourselves, but your psychopathology prevents you from seeing how your hate eats at you like a cancer.

      July 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
      • tonypenman

        Oh please, real men do not have husbands.

        July 29, 2013 at 5:16 am |
    • Samantha J.

      Tracy, you and your pedophile priests are hypocrites.

      July 28, 2013 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Roger that

    "Pope to mass of millions: Get out of church"

    And don't go back. You won't regret it.

    July 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Arun Christopher

      No His Holiness the Pope is not going to ask the faithful to leave the church .. sure .. think for your own good americans where will you go and live if foreigners will take all your jobs .. you know well you are not educated enough to work ... so stop bothering about the Catholic church that you americans so lovingly criticize rather think for your own survival

      July 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  17. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

    What an awesome sight! 3 MILLION young people flocking to see – and attend Mass with the Holy Father.

    For those who say the Catholic Church is dwindling – think again. It's growing everywhere.

    July 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
    • Ahem Backum To Realitium You Moronus

      Your sicko post would be bad news if it were true, but it isn't. US and Britain show similar declines.

      Maybe it has something to do with your pope-a-dopes hiding abusers.

      July 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
    • Sonia

      I agree with you 100%, Ad Marjorem. For those that do not see it this way, I kindly suggest that anything that moves young people in masses the way this Mass did (check out the video), is worth studying!!!!

      July 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
      • Young people go to Raves and take Drugs, too

        So does that mean it's a good thing?

        July 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level squirrel god

      WHy do you people have to keep re-doing that sacrifice ? Didn't it "take" the first time ?

      BTW, hope you all saw Bob Simon's interview of the nuns on 60 minutes tonight. This guy is no different.
      He is just as determined as the others in the past, to keep the all-male power structure in place, and won't allow women priests. This antiquated nonsense is doomed.

      July 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
    • Grateful Catholic

      Isn't it wonderful, Ad Majorem?! I only wish I were there....

      July 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
      • Ya know, if you make the ULTIMATE sacrifice

        You could be having breakfast with Holy Jeebus by tomorrow morning!

        July 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
  18. Pedophile Hater

    Yes, it's OK to worship and kiss the man in the dress. And you wonder why your kids grow-up to be dysfunctional adults? Cults and idolatry are no way to lead the feeble minded...

    July 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
    • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

      Who rattled YOUR cage?

      There's something mentally damaged about anyone who CAN'T see the sheer joy, spirituality and beauty of 3 MILLION young people worshipping God with their spiritual Leader!

      A bit like the 500,000 mainly young Pro-life marchers who walk in Washington DC every year but the American Press has never ONCE showed it and the LIBERAL TV stations like CNN,MSNBC and all the other cess pits do the same!

      July 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
      • Ahem Backum To Realitium You Moronus

        The cess pit is your own church. And with the terms that you use, well, keep on sharing that ole Catholic hate and bigotry, but your religion is going down bigtime.

        July 28, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
        • Eternal One

          With 1.2 billion members. I would say YOUR «church» is the one that is going down to the gutter BIGTIME!

          July 29, 2013 at 9:10 am |
      • Bippy the new lesser to medium level squirrel god

        Is that why so many parishes no longer have priests ? Why so many have left ? Why 10 % of Americans are EX-Catholics ?
        The fact is they NEED to go to the underdeveloped , UNEDUCATED populations. The educated classes in developed countries won't swallow this garbage any more.

        July 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
      • Nice bit of judgement you got going on there, HYPOCRITE

        Didn't your Holy Jeebus command you to NOT judge people, you hateful fruck?

        IN fact, he said it in a variety of ways:

        Those of you without sin, cast the first stone.
        Judge others as you'd have them judge you.
        Worry less about the splinter in your brother's eye – worry more about the plank of wood in your own.

        Were these not simple enough COMMANDMENTS for you – or are you too mentally challenged in your delusions?


        July 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
        • Eternal One

          You seem hysterical..calm down. I'm a catholic and I hate no one.What I do hate is mediocrity and it seems you are full of it, sadly.You 8the person)are one thing and what you believe is something totally diferent.The problem is that good people become ret'ards like you, for bellieving sh't and lies(or nothingness really) like you do.

          July 29, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • Portland tony

      When I see commenters write words of hatred ,it tells me they are not true atheists who profess morality sans God, but disfunctional psychopaths that have no moral code whatsoever!

      July 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
      • Bippy the new lesser to medium level squirrel god

        Baloney. Anyone who disagrees with you is a "hater".


        July 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
        • Portland tony


          July 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
      • How much morality does it take to burn people at the stake, Portland Tony?

        AND – why are you the hateful fruck that you are?

        HATE HATE HATE – it's the only think Catholics are capable of, other than molesting little boys, forcing poor people to have children they can'[t afford to feed and have to watch die of starvation, and generally – of hypocrisy in any shape or form.

        July 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
        • Eternal One

          You're a dumb re't'rd. Most pedophiles and child molesters ARE muslim and atheist. Gof f k a goat you m 0 r 0 n!

          July 29, 2013 at 9:08 am |
        • Felix Sinclair

          "Most pedophiles and child molesters ARE muslim and atheist"

          Can't wait for your proof.

          July 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  19. Colin

    One church service, 3 million in attendance.

    July 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
    • Answer

      3 million losers all in one place. Hanging out with the head loser.

      July 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

      Absolutely inspirational!

      July 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • Colin

      Let us see counting you we come up with .... one. Counting them we come up with... 3 million, and that is but one church service. Guess which is more.

      July 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
      • Darren

        Now, Colin, you wouldn't be stepping into an ad populum fallacy now, would you...

        July 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • Lacey

      Wonder how much $ they got in the collection plates...

      July 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
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