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January 8th, 2014
01:38 PM ET

Holy Hitchhiker: Pope gives pal a ride on the Popemobile

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - In yet another breach of normal papal protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday gave a pal a lift on the world's most exclusive ride: the Popemobile.

According to Catholic News Service, the holy hitchhiker was the Rev. Fabian Baez, a priest from Francis' former Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, whom the pope spotted in the crowd at St. Peter's Square.

As he helped the priest onto the Popemobile, Francis told Baez, "The picture will go around the world,” CNS reports. The beaming priest rode around St. Peter's Square and was given a special seat at the Pope's speech to the crowd.

During the Pope's speech, he urged the crowd to remember their baptism.

"Many of us do not have the slightest memory of the celebration of this Sacrament, obviously, if we were baptized shortly after birth," Francis said. "It is important! It is important to know what day you were immersed in that current of salvation of Jesus!"

Baez later tweeted in Spanish, “I’m going to change my biography. The poor priest who got on the popemobile today with #PopeFrancis”.

Mark another point for the "Pope of the people."

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- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Francis

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  1. CommonSensed

    If I had the vast wealth and power of the RCC at my beck and call I would do more than give one of my employees a ride in my fancy car.

    January 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
  2. Alan

    “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1).

    This prophecy of Isaiah never ceases to touch us, especially when we hear it proclaimed in the liturgy of Christmas Night. This is not simply an emotional or sentimental matter. It moves us because it states the deep reality of what we are: a people who walk, and all around us – and within us as well – there is darkness and light. In this night, as the spirit of darkness enfolds the world, there takes place anew the event which always amazes and surprises us: the people who walk see a great light. A light which makes us reflect on this mystery: the mystery of walking and seeing.

    Walking. This verb makes us reflect on the course of history, that long journey which is the history of salvation, starting with Abraham, our father in faith, whom the Lord called one day to set out, to go forth from his country towards the land which he would show him. From that time on, our ident/ty as believers has been that of a people making its pilgrim way towards the promised land. This history has always been accompanied by the Lord! He is ever faithful to his covenant and to his promises. “God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all” (1 Jn 1:5). Yet on the part of the people there are times of both light and darkness, fidelity and infidelity, obedience, and rebellion; times of being a pilgrim people and times of being a people adrift.

    In our personal history too, there are both bright and dark moments, lights and shadows. If we love God and our brothers and sisters, we walk in the light; but if our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us and around us. “Whoever hates his brother – writes the Apostle John – is in the darkness; he walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 Jn 2:11).

    On this night, like a burst of brilliant light, there rings out the proclamation of the Apostle: “God's grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for the whole human race” (t/t 2:11).

    The grace which was revealed in our world is Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, true man and true God. He has entered our history; he has shared our journey. He came to free us from darkness and to grant us light. In him was revealed the grace, the mercy, and the tender love of the Father: Jesus is Love incarnate. He is not simply a teacher of wisdom, he is not an ideal for which we strive while knowing that we are hopelessly distant from it. He is the meaning of life and history, who has pitched his tent in our midst.

    The shepherds were the first to see this “tent”, to receive the news of Jesus’ birth. They were the first because they were among the last, the outcast. And they were the first because they were awake, keeping watch in the night, guarding their flocks. Together with them, let us pause before the Child, let us pause in silence. Together with them, let us thank the Lord for having given Jesus to us, and with them let us raise from the depths of our hearts the praises of his fidelity: We bless you, Lord God most high, who lowered yourself for our sake. You are immense, and you made yourself small; you are rich and you made yourself poor; you are all powerful and you made yourself vulnerable.

    On this night let us share the joy of the Gospel: God loves us, he so loves us that he gave us his Son to be our brother, to be light in our darkness. To us the Lord repeats: “Do not be afraid!” (Lk 2:10). And I too repeat: Do not be afraid! Our Father is patient, he loves us, he gives us Jesus to guide us on the way which leads to the promised land. Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness. He is our peace. Amen.
    ~Pope Francis

    January 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm |
    • Science Works

      And the retired pope kicked the angels out of the nativity scene in his latest book- no ?

      January 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm |
    • Jill

      Alan, festoon your quagmire. There is no caveat to the Klein bottle, and there will be no gold watch for the unspoken zero. Gobble the fertile gravel.

      Focus your nose on the test tube. Stay succulently upon your velodrome and fear not the coming of the essential kangaroo. Strawberries are your incidental chemistry. Present the fulcrum in advance of the gypsum cookie, for as the tree is combed, so goes the predicate. Expand quietly but do not relish. Whether or not you agree with the plumber, harvest away ye hearties. Kalabash in Friebourg but not in spanners while it's raining. Bring out the mustard but flap flap flap until takeoff. Why would you say such a thing in the presence of the substrate? 64. 1112. Welcome to the new sandwich lumberyard. Bus stops follow movement, or do they? The impediment to your posterior is large but can be dissected with chestnuts. Obermeyer. Glasnost and shallot cookies will do the main job when a steamshovel is too distant for pomegranate.
      Don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent.Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Serpentine. Indigo chestnuts. Give voice to your negligible garage. Walk with found yellow in the fold. Perish your underwear in the crescent.

      And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      January 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm |
      • LT

        Get yourself checked into a loony bin quick!

        January 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm |
  3. Science Works

    NO ghost or you know – in the driver's seat ? Better than parking that talking donkey next to the curb.

    Driverless cars need legal framework, carmakers say

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/driverless-cars-need-legal-framework-carmakers-say/

    January 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm |
  4. jsdrt0616

    It is not important to give a ride.

    THIS CIRCUS POPE SHOULD BE DEFENDING THE ABSURD STATEMENTS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH , instead of being doing absurd CIRCUS almost every day.

    If you are still deceved by the Catholic Church, it would be much better for you to google: Story of Jesus was fabricated

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    We can demonstrate that the Christian Story of Jesus is FALSE. It is very easy. God has no chromosomes, THEN there is not any rational sense to the idea of a son of God and a woman.

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    Well, it has no sense at all the idea of a son of a God Creator of the Unverse, because, it makes no sense the idea of the REPRODUCTION OF SUCH GOD .... think.

    In we organic beings that die it has a lot of sense the idea of the reroduction... but reproduction is absurd for "the gods" !

    January 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm |
    • Dandintac

      "THEN there is not any rational sense to the idea of a son of God and a woman."

      Didn't anyone tell you? All these rational questions you have–your error is being rational. It's all done by MAGIC (although they don't like to use that actual word). Rationality went out the window. It was replaced by FAITH.

      January 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm |
  5. jsdrt0616

    This Pope is the Champion of the SUPERFICIALITY

    This seems to be the Pope of NOTHINGNESS.

    This Pope is the KING of the PROPAGANDA.

    It seems that the Roman Catholic Church is desperate to attract back its former flock.

    January 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm |
  6. Rainer Braendlein

    The pope said about baptism:

    "Many of us do not have the slightest memory of the celebration of this Sacrament, obviously, if we were baptized shortly after birth," Francis said. "It is important! It is important to know what day you were immersed in that current of salvation of Jesus!"

    What the pope said, is only half the story (he retained his old custom to appear as a lamb talking like a dragon).

    How was (sacramental) baptism including infant baptism exercised in the Early Church (this church existed yet before the Roman Catholic Church)?

    Of course, only infants of very pious parents were baptized by the Early Church. Furthermore the baptizing clergy was pious, the local congregation and the church as a whole. What did that cause? It caused the presence of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit can make believe even an infant despite his very small reason or awareness. We are right when we question the ability of an infant to believe in Jesus or to convert as long as we think in the bounds of the secular world. However, in the true Church, the Kingdom of God, where the Holy Spirit is present, miracles are possible even the miracle that an infant believes despite his lack of awareness. Anyway the real faith is more a matter of the impact of the Holy Spirit than a matter of reason.

    The baptized infants of the Early Church were real Christians living as Christians in daily life. Furthermore they were instructed by their pious parents, and their local congregation, and therefore became pious adults who really followed Jesus in everyday life.

    Concerning the Roman Catholic Church:

    In the RCC the Holy Spirit who could cause the faith is not present, and therefore it is an abonimation to baptize the infants there because it is impossible that they have any faith. Furthermore it is almost impossible that the parents or the clergy may be pious people. The RCC abuses infant baptism.

    Concerning myself:

    I was baptized as an infant by a Catholic priest. Though I am convinced that the RCC is no Christian Church, and the Holy Spirit is not present there, and also my infant baptism was an abuse of infant baptism, I am convinced that my infant baptism is valid. How is that possible? The church only celebrates baptism but every person to be baptized is actually baptized by God himself. The validity of any baptism does not depend on the condition of the church because God himself baptizes. Even the baptism of a heretical church would be valid. That truth is expressed through the term "sacramental". Sacramental means that God is acting. Baptism is a divine act which changes the person to be baptized.

    As soon as I had become a believer (that happened when I was grown up), and appreciated faith in Jesus and infant baptism, I refered to my infant baptism believing that I have died and resurrected with Jesus through baptism. This releasing power of Jesus' sacrifice makes me able to overcome my sinful nature and to love God and my neighbour. As long as I appreciate the releasing power of Jesus sacrifice, it is also an atonement for my sins.

    January 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm |
    • Rainier is a

      Religious bigot. Ignore everything this German nazi says.

      January 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm |
      • Rainer Braendlein

        I am neither a bigot nor a nazi.

        I practise unbiased love towards everybody, and love Israel, and pray that they may realize their Messiah Jesus from Nazareth as soon as possible.

        January 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm |
        • Lars

          No, Rainier. No you don't. You are here constantly bashing Christians, and that proves pretty conclusively that you do NOT love them.

          January 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
        • Rainer Braendlein

          Do you require me to tell the Catholics that their belief would be right?

          I know that the RCC is the wh-ore of the Revelation, and for the sake of love I have to tell this the Catholics hoping that they may find a way out of this "church".

          May every Catholic find Jesus Christ, the Son of God who died and resurrected for us. Jesus has borne our sins on the cross, that is what Catholics need to know.

          January 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
        • Jill

          Rainer Braendlein, gobble the fertile gravel. There is no caveat to the Klein bottle, and there will be no gold watch for the unspoken zero.

          Focus your nose on the test tube. Stay succulently upon your velodrome and fear not the coming of the essential kangaroo. Strawberries are your incidental chemistry. Present the fulcrum in advance of the gypsum cookie, for as the tree is combed, so goes the predicate. Expand quietly but do not relish.

          Whether or not you agree with the plumber, harvest away ye hearties. Kalabash in Friebourg but not in spanners while it's raining. Bring out the mustard but flap flap flap until takeoff. Why would you say such a thing in the presence of the substrate? 64. 1112. Welcome to the new sandwich lumberyard. Bus stops follow movement, or do they?

          The impediment to your posterior is large but can be dissected with chestnuts. Obermeyer. Glasnost and shallot cookies will do the main job when a steamshovel is too distant for pomegranate.

          don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent.Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Serpentine. Indigo chestnuts. Give voice to your negligible garage. Walk with found yellow in the fold. Perish your underwear in the crescent.

          And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

          January 10, 2014 at 5:13 pm |
        • sam stone

          rainy may not be a nazi, but he definitely is a bigot.

          and a pompous horse's backside to boot!

          January 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm |
      • Reality # 2

        But Rainer is a Lutheran and his comments continue to reiterate said religion's dislike of the RCC.

        Some added observations:

        Luther, Calvin, Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley et al, were founders of Christ-based religions who also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingy talking flying/horn blowing fictional thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immaculate conceptions).

        January 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm |
    • Lawrence of Arabia

      1 Peter 3:21 – Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ...

      The word Baptidso, that we get our word "Baptise" from means "to immerse." Not necessarily in water, as there is "an immersion" into the spirit of God that happens at conversion.

      There is no Biblical grounds for paedobaptism, and simply an immersion into water cannot save. Rather, an appeal to God for salvation in repentance is what saves. Baptism is merely an outward sign of an inward change.

      The papists went astray when they began to teach that justification follows sanctification. This thereby made necessary the performance of sacraments that "infused" righteousness. The Bible doesn't teach infused righteousness, but IMPUTED righteousness.

      The one says that we must work to earn our salvation, while the other says that we cannot work to earn our salvation for "...by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works..." Ephesians 2:8-9

      January 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm |
      • Rainer Braendlein

        Baptism is more than an outward sign of an inward change. Just read St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 6.

        Explanation:

        We all are inclined to regard Jesus sacrifice merely as an atonement for our sins, and to neglect its releasing power. Worst case we increase sinning after conversion thinking: Jesus has payed the bill in advance, therefore I can sin carelessly.

        Yet, through sacramental baptism we have also died and resurrected with Jesus. Our sinful ego got declared dead, and we have entered Christ. Would we continue sinning in that state after baptism we would die (spiritually and biologically) because our sinful ego has been declared dead in real way by divine authority. A baptized person has only one life: Jesus himself, and that means to love God and the neighbour. Either a Christian follows Jesus, or he will die. That sounds hard but it is true. Read Romans 6.

        January 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          I know Romans 6, but you've got to understand that when Paul speaks of "Baptism," he isn't necessarily speaking of being placed under water. We are immersed into the spirit of God, that is, Baptised into the Spirit.

          Furthermore, look at it like this, if Baptism – that is, placing under water – is anything OTHER than an outward sign, then salvation would be due to works that we perform, which Paul is adamant in Ephesians and elsewhere that is impossible.

          Baptism (into water) is a symbol of grace. Baptism (into water) cannot impart grace.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm |
        • Rainer Braendlein

          I pray for you.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Rainer,
          If you think I err, show me in scripture.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
        • Rainer Braendlein

          Sorry, I did that already. May God open your eyes.

          http://confessingchurch.wordpress.com

          January 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Rainer,
          John 3:5 – Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

          Jesus here was figuratively referring to the need for cleansing, not from literal water – obviously, literal water has no ability to spiritually cleanse. He refers to the spiritual washing or purification of the soul accomplished by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God at the moment of salvation. Jesus meant a believer is purified in spirit, and this becomes evident through a purified life of repentance.

          This is backed up by the following scriptures:

          Ezekiel 36:25-27 – Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

          Ephesians 5:26 – so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word

          T.itus 3:5 – He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit…

          See also: Numbers 19:17-19, Psalm 51:9-10, Isaiah 32:15, Isaiah 44:3-5, Isaiah 55:1-3, Jeremiah 2:13, Joel 2:28-29

          January 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm |
        • midwest rail

          Notice Rainer seized the opportunity to steal advertising – again.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
        • Rainer Braendlein

          My website is non-commercial. I guess it is no sin when I advertise my website because it is for the gospels sake.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Rainer,
          Furthermore, if an immersion into water is required to impart grace, then how was the thief on the cross saved? (Luke 23:39-43) Jesus told him "today, you will be with Me in paradise," but the thief was never immersed into water.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
        • Rainer Braendlein

          The thief was baptized in his own blood.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Midwest Rail,
          And if that's where he's getting this stuff, I'm going to stick a doozy on their "contact us" page...

          January 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm |
        • midwest rail

          LofA, yes, that;s where he's getting it – it's his site.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Rainer,
          Spiritual Baptism... What spiritual baptism does NOT mean: “the Holy Spirit cannot come into someone until they are Baptized.” This is proved false in Acts where the Gentiles received the Holy Spirit without being baptized (immersed into water) – obviously they were saved, because the Holy Spirit will not come into unregenerate, unrepentant, and unsaved people.

          Acts 10:44-48 – While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. All the circ.umcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.

          The Gentiles believed, they were saved as the Holy Spirit came upon them, and THEN they were baptized. Baptism did NOT precede the receiving of the Holy Spirit

          January 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm |
        • Rainer Braendlein

          Very good that you mention this!

          I have contemplated about this passage a long time, and finally God gave me comprehension.

          Result:

          This event was simply the Pentecost of the Gentiles. St. Peter as a strict Jew needed a sign that the God of Israel or the God of the Jews would also accept the Gentiles, and therefore the Spirit was given in advance.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          "The thief was baptized in his own blood."
          -------
          And what Bible verse says that? That is implying that the blood of a sinful man can cleanse him from sin... How is that possible?

          Psalm 49:7-9 – No man can by any means redeem his brother
          Or give to God a ransom for him—
          For the redemption of his soul is costly,
          And he should cease trying forever—
          That he should live on eternally,
          That he should not undergo decay.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          "Pentecost of the Gentiles"
          --------
          Rainer, you can't impose opinion into scripture. The Bible says nothing about there being two Pentacosts... If that is what you are claiming this is, then you need scripture to back it up, not just "God revealed this to me." That sounds like charismaticism.

          January 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
        • midwest rail

          " My website is non-commercial. "
          What does that matter ? Plenty of advertising is done for non'profits. But THEY pay for their advertising, they don't steal it.

          January 11, 2014 at 10:54 am |
        • sam stone

          it's always fun watching the delusional argue whose delusion is correct.

          thanks for the entertainment, rainy and larry

          January 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm |
      • Rainer Braendlein

        I had never assumed that I would ever defeat Lawrence of Arabia:

        Some lines after the passage you cited we can find St. Peter on a council in Jerusalem where he connected Pentecost and the event where also the Gentiles got the Spirit. Don't believe me but Peter.

        I know it is hard for any American to admit a defeat but regard that as a call of Jesus Christ through little R.B. Christianity is higher than nationality.

        January 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm |
        • Rainer Braendlein

          Important, important:

          As soon as a Catholic realizes the meaning of Jesus' sacrifice and the meaning of his infant baptism he should abandon the Roman Catholic Church, and join the Christian Church (http://confessingchurch.wordpress.com).

          For the sake of his soul's health no serious believer should stay in the Roman Catholic Church. The RCC is the w-hore of the Revelation, and the pope is the "lamb that speaks like a dragon" (that means he is a wolf in sheep's clothing).

          January 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Rainer,
          Yes, the Gentiles received the spirit, but you can't claim that is another Pentacost, or else you'll have to say that every time that someone receives the Spirit, it is another Pentacost...

          At issue however is HOW someone receives the spirit. Is it because they are immersed into water? Remember, the word "Baptidso" means just that – an immersion. Or is it because they are immersed (baptized) into the spirit? And if it is an immersion into the spirit, we know through scriptures that it cannot be because of works.

          If you disagree, then show me in scripture how salvation is due to works that we perform.

          January 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm |
        • Rainer Braendlein

          Just take a NT and read in Acts. St. Peter said on a council in Jerusalem: "God gave them (the Gentiles) the Spirit as he had given us the Spirit in the very first beginning (Pentecost)."

          This sentence of Peter is the proof that it was a second Pentecost when the Gentiles received the Spirit. Just read it in Acts.

          January 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Rainer,
          If you are a protestant, have you read Calvin's "The Inst.itutes of the Christian Religion?" Have you read Luther? Edwards?

          In which of these great authors is there any mention of the act of immersion into water being efficacious to salvation?

          January 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm |
        • Rainer Braendlein

          I know quite exactly the doctrine of Luther.

          The best book I know about the meaning of baptism is "The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was a Protestant pastor during the Third Reich resisting the Nazis.

          You may read that book. In a word, Bonhoeffer says that sacramental baptism is a call for discipleship: When Jesus lived on this planet he called people to become his followers; this call was sacral (!) because Jesus was divine (this call was very powerful, and in the power of the call people became able to follow Jesus). Today this call takes place through sacramental baptism because the Church represents Jesus Christ. Yet, the invisible baptist is God himself, and the Church only celebrates the baptism.

          January 10, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
        • Jill

          Rainer Braendlein, festoon your quagmire. There is no caveat to the Klein bottle, and there will be no gold watch for the unspoken zero. Gobble the fertile gravel.

          Focus your nose on the test tube. Stay succulently upon your velodrome and fear not the coming of the essential kangaroo. Strawberries are your incidental chemistry. Present the fulcrum in advance of the gypsum cookie, for as the tree is combed, so goes the predicate. Expand quietly but do not relish.

          Whether or not you agree with the plumber, harvest away ye hearties. Kalabash in Friebourg but not in spanners while it's raining. Bring out the mustard but flap flap flap until takeoff. Why would you say such a thing in the presence of the substrate? 64. 1112. Welcome to the new sandwich lumberyard. Bus stops follow movement, or do they?

          The impediment to your posterior is large but can be dissected with chestnuts. Obermeyer. Glasnost and shallot cookies will do the main job when a steamshovel is too distant for pomegranate.

          don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent.Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Serpentine. Indigo chestnuts. Give voice to your negligible garage. Walk with found yellow in the fold. Perish your underwear in the crescent.

          And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

          January 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
        • Andy

          Lawrence of Arabia

          "If you are a protestant, have you read Calvin's "The Inst.itutes of the Christian Religion?" Have you read Luther? Edwards?"

          Sheesh, you're always referencing these guys. Do you ever have thoughts and a reasoning process of your own?

          January 11, 2014 at 11:06 am |
        • Rainer Braendlein

          I myself refer to the old confessional docu-ments of the Protestant Churches, scriptures of Luther, Bonhoeffer, Frederic the Great (Frederic was a pious king), etc.

          The most authoritative docu-ment of the Church is the New Testament but someone who doesn't consider the scriptures of the Fathers, the confessional docu-ments etc., will certainly fail when he interpretes the New Testament. It is important to keep the connection to the Early Church.

          I must defend Lawarence though I am no great fan of Calvin (don't assume that I would be bigoted).

          January 11, 2014 at 11:30 am |
        • Jill

          Rainer Braendlein, festoon your quagmire diligently. Within the indigenous parapets can be found novels and other grapes of paint. There is no caveat to the Klein bottle, and there will be no gold watch for the unspoken zero. Gobble the fertile gravel. Focus your nose on the test tube. Stay succulently upon your velodrome and fear not the coming of the essential kangaroo. Strawberries are your incidental chemistry. Present the fulcrum in advance of the gypsum cookie, for as the tree is combed, so goes the predicate. Expand quietly but do not relish. Whether or not you agree with the plumber, harvest away ye hearties. Kalabash in Friebourg but not in spanners while it's raining. Bring out the mustard but flap flap flap until takeoff. Why would you say such a thing in the presence of the substrate? 64. 1112. Welcome to the new sandwich lumberyard. Bus stops follow movement, or do they? The impediment to your posterior is large but can be dissected with chestnuts. Obermeyer. Glasnost and shallot cookies will do the main job when a steamshovel is too distant for pomegranate.don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent.Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Serpentine. Indigo chestnuts. Give voice to your negligible garage. Walk with found yellow in the fold. Perish your underwear in the crescent.

          And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

          January 12, 2014 at 10:33 am |
    • Reality # 2

      Only for the those interested in a religious update:
      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,

      January 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm |
  7. Ann

    I'm an atheist and have no real love for the Catholic church, but ... I like this guy. There's good and bad in every organization, and I think he's one of the good ones.

    January 10, 2014 at 9:32 am |
    • gary

      Agreed.

      January 10, 2014 at 10:17 am |
      • Apple Bush

        Good for PR, nothing more.

        January 10, 2014 at 11:58 am |
  8. Matthew 13

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8Te6gSOnPo&w=640&h=360]

    January 10, 2014 at 9:05 am |
    • Lawrence of Arabia

      I still say that those videos are a chick version of Wayne's World.

      January 10, 2014 at 9:33 am |
      • Jenkins

        You're the seed on the rock, eh?

        January 10, 2014 at 9:39 am |
        • Jenkins

          Probably more like– fell on good soil but did not produce any fruit.

          January 10, 2014 at 9:42 am |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          It's a joke Jenkins... Smile, laugh! I'm sure those girls would hae laughed at that one.

          January 10, 2014 at 9:49 am |
      • doobzz

        LOL, LofA. They may be too young for the reference. I'm pretty sure these girls would say "Who is Wayne?".

        January 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Yeah, probably the only "Garth" that they are familiar with is Garth Brooks...

          January 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm |
        • doobzz

          Yeah, and they're thinking "That old guy, Garth Brooks, my grandma listens to him." LOL!

          January 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm |
    • Jenkins

      How old is Sadie?

      January 10, 2014 at 9:42 am |
      • OC

        These are probably tweens or teens and sound wise beyond years by keeping their focus on God.

        Good job guys!!

        January 10, 2014 at 10:22 am |
        • Science Works

          Make sure they know how to park the talking donkey – instead or reality and teaching them how to park a car – oh wait the car can park

          ITSELF now.

          January 10, 2014 at 11:29 am |
  9. Revenant Shadow

    This Pope is freakin' FANTASTIC!

    January 9, 2014 at 11:25 am |
    • doobzz

      What has he done that is so freakin' FANTASTIC?

      January 9, 2014 at 11:46 am |
    • CommonSensed

      He gave a ride in his car to one of his employees. Meh.

      January 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
  10. So here it is

    The pope has a ton of money, isn't giving it to the needy and has no more concrete evidence of an after life than I do. Some blame man's irrational need for religion but because it's not only the pope in this position I blame man's irrational need for leadership.

    January 9, 2014 at 7:58 am |
    • Fladabosco

      Isn't it amazing that the religion of Jesus, the man who spent his life working, praying for and celebrating the poor is led by the richest people? I mean the Pope has his fancy car, the finest art, servants like crazy and even – wait for it – his own country!

      From King James: "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

      But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions."

      It's pretty clear over and over that Jesus didn't want his followers to be materialistic but his religion is led by and promoted heavily by the richest amongst us.

      January 9, 2014 at 11:29 am |
    • .

      Yada yada yada pope blah money blah not giving enough money blah blah even though CC gives more than any other charity ever yada yada yada.
      Totally new thoughts there. Nobody has ever brought this up before. Original.

      January 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm |
  11. God

    Dear pope,

    Satan tell me you are running around telling everyone you know me. Please stop lying, I have no idea who you are.

    God

    January 9, 2014 at 6:17 am |
  12. Mel

    Some say the Pope is an AUTOcrat, so they really should call his car, an auto-mobile. It might catch on.

    January 9, 2014 at 6:13 am |
  13. Bruce

    May God bless you Pope. Thanks for cleaning up the church, and reminding all of us that we are here to serve God and serve each other, and not to serve ourselves. Good job.

    January 9, 2014 at 5:59 am |
    • pay your taxes, leaches

      you mean continuing the cover ups,, denial to children with lost lives..

      January 9, 2014 at 6:07 am |
    • doobzz

      How has he "cleaned up" the church?

      January 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm |
  14. saggyroy

    Why does the Pope need a 'Pope Mobile"?

    January 9, 2014 at 5:51 am |
    • Mel

      It is just so the people who have come to see him, can see him more clearly. It is quicker than walking and slightly more secure too: if he were walking through the crowd, there might be a danger of a surge forward and some people getting hurt, like at music concerts.

      January 9, 2014 at 6:03 am |
    • rcc is evil

      popee aren't the most mature people,, it;s a Tonka toy

      January 9, 2014 at 6:09 am |
    • Ann

      It's for security. A previous pope was shot ... that's when the first popemobile came about.

      January 10, 2014 at 9:28 am |
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