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The Pope Francis 'book' of insults
Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI meet at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery at the Vatican last December.
February 19th, 2014
11:35 AM ET

The Pope Francis 'book' of insults

Opinion by Laurence England, special to CNN

(CNN) - In the year since Francis was elected Pope, the media have told us a certain story about this man “from the ends of the Earth,” as he once described himself.

Francis, we are told, is warm and friendly, gentle and compassionate. He embraces the poor, the disfigured, the outcast.

These attributes pose a sharp contrast, we are informed, to his mean-spirited, judgmental and arrogant predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was known for his fancy vestments and aloof, academic attitude.

If Francis has the common touch, the story goes, Benedict was firmly out of touch, perched on an ivory tower far inside the Vatican.

To many Catholics this media-driven contrast between the two Popes is laughable.

Benedict may have been unpopular with the world and many of its opinion-makers, but those who loved him as the Holy Father, who listened to what he said and read what he wrote, knew a far different man than is cruelly caricatured in the media.

We welcomed Benedict's theology and liturgical vision; and the hallmark of his papacy was a deep humility rooted in prayer. He was ever the gentleman. Even his criticisms of trends in modern society that run contrary to the church’s teachings on life, marriage and the family were delivered in courteous language.

And when Benedict did say something likely to be deemed offensive, he was often extremely careful about the way in which he said it.

In fact, he was much more careful not to offend than his successor on the throne of St. Peter.

Each Pope has his own teaching style, and it is obvious that with Francis, adherence to protocol and upholding custom is not his way. His strength is communicating parts of the Catholic faith in a simple, direct and visible way.

But bluntness is a double-edged sword, and some of his speeches and sermons have offended some of the papacy's biggest supporters. This, of course, counters the image of Francis as the “gentle, pastoral shepherd.” In sifting through media reports, I was shocked by how often the Pope criticized Christians and by the severity of his insults.

I felt inspired by conversations with members of the clergy to compile a compendium of papal invective, calling it, tongue firmly in cheek,  “The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults.”

It is not a real book, of course. (This should have been obvious by the fact that I offered a 20% discount to anyone who directed one of the Pope’s insults at a bookstore cashier.) Rather, it's an online litany of the surprising and sometimes slashing one-liners in Francis' verbal arsenal.

Indeed, here's some of the names the Pope has actually called people: "pickled pepper-faced Christians," "closed, sad, trapped Christians," "defeated Christians," “liquid Christians,” "creed-reciting, parrot Christians," and, finally, those "watered-down faith, weak-hoped Christians."

Catholics who focus on church traditions are "museum mummies," the Pope says. Nuns who fail to inspire faith in the church are "old maids," and the Vatican hierarchy has at times been "the leprosy of the papacy," in Francis' words.

Indeed, men of the cloth face the brunt of Francis' fulminations. He has called some of them “vain” butterflies, “smarmy” idolators and “priest-tycoons.” He’s described some seminarians as potential “little monsters.”

The Pope didn't say these things just to insult people, of course. Rather, he was often making a larger point about the kind of church he wants to lead: open, merciful and unafraid.

MORE ON CNN: Pope Francis: No more business as usual

But at the same time, some Catholics have felt alienated by Francis’s criticisms, as if they are under attack. In blasting the status quo, it can sometimes seem as if the Pope is slighting the most faithful members of the church.

To be honest, reaction to my satirical “Pope Francis Little Book of Insults” has varied.

Some readers are so amused that they want to see the book really published so they can buy a copy. Others are outraged that I could dream up something so “disloyal” to the Pope. (I am hopeful that our Holy Father has a healthy sense of humor.)

I am also hopeful that, over time, Catholics will become accustomed to this pontiff’s style of teaching, even if it contradicts the shallow media image of “Francis the Friendly Pope,” as one well-known website calls him.

Speaking of media, Pope Francis hasn’t left journalists out of the fun. In a recent address, he called them “fomenters of coprophagia!”

If you don’t know what it means, look it up. But whatever you do, don’t complain and be like “Mr. and Mrs. Whiner.”

After all, as Pope Francis says, nobody likes a “sourpuss.”

Laurence England lives in Brighton, England, and writes the blog That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill. The views expressed in this column belong to England.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Opinion • Pope Benedict XVI • Pope Francis

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  1. Peaceadvocate2014

    Fellow Humans,

    I would like to commend Pope Francis for the message he is sending. Compassion, humility.

    . I understand the skepticism in Religion. Jesus challenged His chruch and got crucified for it. But please separate the sins of human from the message of God. God left it up to us to determine what is right but as imperfect humans we seem to justify anything to be right. This is our evolution. Development of our moral applications.

    I wish these discussions would not divide us but understand both point of view. Imagine what we could achieve together.

    Peace. God Bless America.

    February 19, 2014 at 9:52 pm |
    • derado8

      Compassion is the point of logic. It's the point that your own desire to avoid pain and pursue pleasure extends to someone outside of yourself. The boundary of compassion I'd guess would be scarcity or exhaustion.

      February 20, 2014 at 12:47 am |
      • Peaceadvocate2014

        Derado,

        Compassion is not done for his own self interest, if so, that is wrong. You know it, i know it. I cant blame you for having this opinion because that is what we see in our society today. We have the saying, show compassion it would make you feel better. Our own self interest. Compassion should be shown with sincere concern for the well being of the less fortunate.

        Peace

        February 20, 2014 at 10:24 am |
        • otoh2

          Peaceadvocate,

          In order to feel/show compassion for others one must first encounter oneself. The Golden Rule (and your Commandment) say "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." So, it's not selfish to determine what you yourself feel, need, and suffer about. You have to do it.

          I can't speak for @derado, but I think maybe the meaning there may be that practically, in reality, there are limits and constraints on how much compassion we are physically able to show and do. Even with as much compassion that I have for disadvantaged, ill, war-rav.aged, suffering people, for example, I would probably drive myself into depression or some other mental illness if I dwelled on it continuously; and if I gave all of my money and time to all of those for whom I have compassion, I would quickly become one who would be needing assistance!

          Enlightened self-interest is not bad. It is reality. Empathy and understanding and compassion are great, though!

          February 20, 2014 at 11:36 am |
        • derado8

          Thank you Otoh2, that is what I meant. There is a reason why people don't have the homeless staying in the white house, or in their own homes and that reason is self preservation. You can give but not to the point that it puts you in danger. Also there is only so much care giving a person is capable of before burn out.

          February 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm |
        • Peaceadvocate2014

          Otoh,

          I think the saying is do not do unto others what you do not want done to you. Theres a difference.

          I think I understand your position. I have the same inclination, like I said I am also guilty. Human nature. We are attracted to superficial things. Its a flawed reality that in my opinion should be corrected. An aspiration of a perfect being. God.

          Peace

          February 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm |
        • otoh2

          Peaceadvocate,
          "I think the saying is do not do unto others what you do not want done to you. Theres a difference."

          Yes, that version makes more sense. It is sometimes called the "Negative Golden Rule" or the "Silver Rule". It is a very old maxim, and no god is necessary.

          "What you do not wish upon yourself, extend not to others." — Confucius (ca. 551–479 BCE)

          "This is the sum of duty; do naught unto others what you would not have them do unto you." — Mahabharata (5:15:17) (c. 500 BCE)

          "Since to others, to each one for himself, the self is dear, therefore let him who desires his own advantage not to harm another" — Udana, (ca. 470 BCE)

          "Neither to harm, nor be harmed." Epicurus (c: 350 BCE)

          "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man." — Hillel the Elder (ca. 50 BCE-10 CE)

          Btw, it is not the version that is used in The Bible, and attributed to Jesus:
          Matthew 7:12 – Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

          Luke 6:31 – And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

          February 21, 2014 at 12:02 am |
    • derado8

      Fear is another boundary to compassion, as well as general anxiety and or discomfort.

      February 20, 2014 at 12:50 am |
      • Peaceadvocate2014

        Derado,

        "Fear, anxiety and discomfort are boundaries of compassion". Again, compassion should not be used for his own self interest. But as humans we have those tendencies, evil tendencies. Governing temdencies would ne in the hands of humans like you and me.

        Peace

        February 20, 2014 at 10:34 am |
        • otoh2

          Peaceadvocate,

          I think you are romanticizing compassion. How much compassion can you give to Kim Jong Un? Osama bin Laden? Terrorist bombers? Serial killers? Gang thugs? Child abusers? Welfare mothers X 10? I think about them sometimes and know that they are tortured, suffering human beings themselves and I have compassion for that, but there are limits on how much we can take.

          Sure, perhaps if those nasty people had compassion they wouldn't do such nasty things; but it seems like some pathological people are missing some brain connections to empathy - I don't know if it can be made to make sense to them - and we need to have more compassion for their victims than for them. That doesn't mean no compassion for them, but simply limited.

          February 20, 2014 at 11:58 am |
    • hotairace

      It would be right for Pope-A-Dope to instruct everyone of his cult members to fully cooperate with every agency investigating priestly pedophilia and it's cover up within the RCC. It's wrong for him to continue the cover up.

      February 20, 2014 at 12:56 am |
      • derado8

        Does it make any sense that anyone would sit around waiting on papal instructions? It doesn't make sense to me. We each have our own minds.

        February 20, 2014 at 12:58 am |
        • hotairace

          Not to me either. I can only imagine the threats that must have been made within the RCC to keep those in the know quiet.

          February 20, 2014 at 1:26 am |
        • Peaceadvocate2014

          Derado,

          The message from the Pope are not instructions but guidance. It is up to us to follow or not. Determine what is right. Think for ourselves.

          Peace.

          February 20, 2014 at 10:48 am |
      • Peaceadvocate2014

        Hota,

        The attack on the RCC is understandable. The RCC is a powerful inst:tution because of the number of followers. This poses a threat to other powerful ent:ties that wants to rule the world, thus the attack to discredit. Like what we see in American politics. But as i said separate the sins of humans from the message of the inst:tution if we are going to be fair.

        The message are not instruction but guidance. It is up to us to follow or not.

        Peace.

        February 20, 2014 at 10:43 am |
        • hotairace

          As in another post, the RCC as an inst!tution has actively thwarted investigations into this scandal. But if you want to hold the RCC blameless and focus on people, when we will see your call for the removal of the current pope for his role in continuing the cover up?

          February 20, 2014 at 11:33 am |
  2. dirksterdude

    The impression I get from this Pope is while you should take your faith seriously, but you should not take yourself or your place in it that faith as seriously. Is the job of a Nun, Priest, or Bishop more important than the other? I think the Pope is saying each job is important, but not necessarily more important than each other. His sarcasm is the way he communicates this.

    February 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm |
  3. jorisheise

    Speaking of insults directed at Christians by other Christians–people ought to check out what Jerome–he who translated the bible into vulgar Latin–has to say about the Roman clergy of his day. He can be as nasty as anyone, this SAINT Jerome.

    February 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm |
  4. Alias

    You christians keep trying to push your myths onto the rest of us!
    Atheists do not all believe we came from nothing.
    That is a biblical story we do not accept.

    February 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm |
    • thefinisher1

      To you, we are random. We exist by a random chance. Some explosion randomly set itself off for no reason thus resulting in the creation of life. Yeah. Seems like a depressing belief to me😜

      February 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        so because you find it depressing, it can't be true?

        well there's some unassailable logic for you ...

        February 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm |
      • Truth Be Told

        True, thiefinisher1. Atheist base their whole lives around the lotto and other random things as if there is no meaning. They are meaningless and don't even know it when you try to put meaning right in front of them. All they have to do is open their eyes and they would see there isn't much random things flying around. Amen.

        February 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm |
        • realbuckyball

          The plural of "atheist" is "atheists". Or are you saying there is only one ?
          Let's see the peer reviews study of atheists' opinions ... oh wait, you're just making that nonsense up.
          Never mind.

          February 19, 2014 at 10:46 pm |
        • igaftr

          Just once I would like to see someone with truth in thir name actually speak the truth rather than this bold faced lie

          " Atheist base their whole lives around the lotto and other random things as if there is no meaning."
          I do not base my life on the lotto or random things. There is no indication there is any "meaning" other than to continue the species, like all life.

          I certainly don't base my life on the baseless claims of a book written by ignorant men, such as all religions would have you do.

          February 20, 2014 at 11:19 am |
      • Reality

        "Death's Debt is Paid in Full

        Death's debt is then and there

        Paid down by dying men;

        But it is a promise bare

        That they shall rise again. "

        Al-Ma'arri

        February 19, 2014 at 9:39 pm |
  5. Dyslexic doG

    The US Government has invented a time-travel device that can transport an entire country back to the middle ages.

    They’re calling it ‘christianity’.

    February 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm |
    • hotairace

      When will the Pro version (Islam) be available?

      February 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
      • realbuckyball

        They're updating that one. Right now Islam takes you back to the era of sava'ges.

        February 19, 2014 at 10:49 pm |
    • TruthPrevails1

      lol

      February 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm |
    • Peaceadvocate2014

      Fellow humans,

      I want to take the time to commend the example Pope Francis set. We just have to wait and see if people follow.

      I understand there are skepticism in Religion as we see in our history. Jesus challenged his chruch and got crucified for it. But please separate the sins of humans from the message of the inst:tution. Interpretation of the message differs but God left it to us to determine what is right. Our evolution. Development of our moral applications.

      Peace

      February 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm |
    • Dalahäst

      Ironically it was actually designed by Christian technicians, Christian engineers and Christian scientists (but don't tell the superior atheists that, they think they invented science).

      February 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm |
      • midwest rail

        It was a valiant effort at getting fred to answer, to no avail.

        February 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm |
      • Peaceadvocate2014

        Dala,

        May have been designed by some or most but i would not say all by the so called christians. Morality is nessesary as we see in our history, we are becoming more civilized because of morality.

        Peace

        February 20, 2014 at 10:59 am |
        • igaftr

          civlized? That all depends on the definition of civilized. Is a civilization more civilized when it does not live within it means in terms of sustaining that civilization long term? If we use up the resources and damage the planet, are we more civilized?

          Go back 10,000 years here in N. America. The people living were well within the planets ability to sustain them, were they less civilized? They had less knowledge of things such as medicine, but by living within nature, and not outside of it as we do now, they had relationships with different tribes, trade, language.etc.Aren't they in a way more civilized?

          February 20, 2014 at 11:10 am |
    • thefinisher1

      Asinine.

      February 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm |
  6. Creationists say the darndest things

    I don't get it. Do you really have to get that dressed up to play ring-around-the-rosary?

    February 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The RCC is an organization based on a model of hierarchical haberdashery.
      The bigger and more ornate the hat, the closer the wearer is to God.

      February 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
      • hotairace

        Do they issue special hats to pedophile priests? Do those in the RCC protecting pedophile priests and those covering up criminal acts in the RCC get a different hat?

        February 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          I think they get something like Boy Scout merit badges to sew under their vestments.

          February 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
        • igaftr

          They get them right from the Boy Scouts....

          February 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        Chairman: Item six on the agenda, the Meaning of Life. Now Harry, you’ve had some thoughts on this.

        Harry: That’s right, yeah. I’ve had a team working on this over the past few weeks, and what we’ve come up with can be reduced to two fundamental concepts. One, people are not wearing enough hats. Two, matter is energy. In the Universe there are many energy fields which we cannot normally perceive. Some energies have a spiritual source which act upon a person’s soul. However, this soul does not exist ab initio as orthodox Christianity teaches; it has to be brought into existence by a process of guided self-observation. However, this is rarely achieved owing to man’s unique ability to be distracted from spiritual matters by everyday trivia.
        [Pause.]

        Max: What was that about hats again?

        February 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm |
  7. thefinisher1

    Are atheists their own gods? Considering how many think there is no God and how came from nothing, it makes perfect sense they view themselves as gods. Look at the brainwashed atheist cult nation of North Korea. Most atheists tend to leave out the mistakes of believers but when someone calls out the evil atheists have caused...atheists do not like it. How childish😜

    February 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      That would be autotheism, not atheism.

      February 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      [for (x = 0; x <= 13; x++)
      count<<"Atheist"]

      February 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm |
      • hotairace

        If that is some form of C, I don't think it will compile without error. But if you pray hard enough to some god, who knows. . .

        February 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          It's a FOR loop. Same nonsense crap about atheists looping again and again

          February 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm |
        • hotairace

          Apologies for being too serious, or not being clearly humourous.

          February 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      asinine.

      February 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm |
    • Truth Be Told

      Amen thiefinisher1. Like you said before Atheist pick cherries. And they want to think they come from nothing, so they may be tiny cherry fragment of a god, but they are next to nothing plus they think they will return to nothing. You are right it's childish thinking they come from a tiny rock or from a little monkey or part of a cherry. Amen.

      February 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm |
      • TruthPrevails1

        Speaking to yourself (aka thefinsher) is a sign of schizophrenia...best run along now to the nearest bridge, errr I mean asylum.

        February 19, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
    • igaftr

      North Korea is to worship their leader as a god. The nation is not atheist, and there is no brainwashing to be an atheist...in fact you need to resist the brainwashing/indoctrination.

      As far as what the individuals in North Korea ACTUALLY believe, you would have to ask the individual.

      Why is it you just keep lying about atheists and atheism?
      Is your god so weak he needs you to lie for him, do you get extra credit with him/her/it?
      It is not a religion or a cult...it is the rejection of the baseless concept of gods. THAT is where it ends.

      February 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm |
      • thefinisher1

        Atheism can be used as a cult and most people in North Korea have no religion(very few religions are allowed) thus they are atheists in a cult. Maybe you don't want to admit that atheism can be a cult. Oh well. Facts remain true. They worship man which is what atheism is all about. The worship of self. Give an atheist power and they will most likely ban religion and the religious. Stalin did it. Mao did it. Atheism is a cult. You're wrong kiddo. Time to grow up.😜😀😃😄😊😜

        February 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm |
        • TruthPrevails1

          Oh my, aren't we the delusional one this week? Multiple personalities accompanied by blatant ignorance. Go ad get your meds from the nurses now!

          February 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm |
        • igaftr

          " They worship man which is what atheism is all about. The worship of self."
          Exactly the lies you keep throwing around.

          Once again...atheism is non-belief in deities. That is it.

          For what you claim, you would need to know what the individual atheist BELIEVES...you claim worship of self...that has NOTHING to do with not believing in gods...un-related. There is no cult, there is no religion...just NOT believing in gods.

          Is NOT believing in santa a cult..or a religion...of course not.
          Neither is not believing in gods.

          Stop lying for your god.

          February 20, 2014 at 10:33 am |
    • jonathanlk

      Please be careful when talking about Atheists not to clump us all into one hideous ball of wax. I am an individual who does not adhere to the Judeo Christian mythology, or the Greek, Sumerian, and Persian (and other) mythology from which it sprang. I think the stories involving gods can be interesting whether from Hindusim or from Ancient Greece, or even the Pagans or Christians but I don't believe in any of their gods! But why do I have to believe all these myths. I am sure you don't believe in all other peoples' gods. Does that make you a Communist? It seems Christians and Muslims are particularly uptight about people who don't believe their versions of the hand me down myths. It is not that important. I personally don't know any Atheists who sympathize with Communist tyranny though you could probably find some in a Communist country. I know Communists have killed almost as many people as the Catholic Church but all that murdering is not related to whether you are Atheist or Catholic and I know we have to worry about the Muslim Jihads! I just hope they don't do it in my backyard. The genocide thing stems more from the abuse of power, and man's general hideous lack of empathy toward his fellow man, and his greed and lust which lies beneath whatever cloak of righteousness might be fashionable at the time. Not all people are that sinister, including Atheists. We have a bad rap from being constantly demonized by the deist crowd. Remember we are individuals and if you want us to respect your right to have your beliefs and non-beliefs, then you should have the same respect for us to believe or not believe whatever. We are people first. You think all atheists are alike? Are all Christians alike? Hating me won't convince me of your god.

      February 19, 2014 at 6:06 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      Nope.
      Just because you NEED a deity to make sense of the world, as you're somewhat brainwashed, doesn't mean everyone does. Your god is a "placeholder" (god of the gaps), as you have no better explanation.

      February 19, 2014 at 10:53 pm |
  8. colin31714

    Has anybody ever been to a Catholic mass? It's weird. At one point they truly believe that grocery store bread and wine turns into the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ because the priest says some Latin words over it. I am not kidding or exaggerating They believe this garbage. Go and see for yourself

    And the grown adults believe it. It's not just a story they tell their little ones! Grown adults believing this Dark Ages voodoo. Hilarious.

    February 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm |
    • Dalahäst

      Some only figuratively believe that. Jesus said: do this in remembrance of him. Not literally define it.

      February 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        no-one really knows what jesus said.

        You mean "the person who wrote that part of the book, wrote that the jesus character said ...".

        February 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm |
        • Dalahäst

          Yes, whatever that brainwashed and delusional person wrote that can't be considered as true because they didn't have iPads or The Amazing Atheist youtube videos back then. That is what I meant.

          February 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm |
        • thefinisher1

          Asinine.

          February 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Trans·mog·ri·fy: To change into a different shape or form, especially one that is fantastic or bizarre.

      February 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm |
    • igaftr

      The first communion is the sickest one...All of these little chid brides of christ, WAY too young to understand what it all means, but that ritual REALLY is sick.

      February 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The Catechism is pretty clear that the wafers and wine literally transform into flesh and blood.
      The Council of Trent re-affirmed that anyone who "denieth that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood..... let him be anathema."

      February 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm |
    • Jeebusss

      There is actually one special mass where they parade the loaf of bread around the whole church in a very noble manner. The first time I saw it I could barely keep from bursting out into laughter. Here is a bunch of grown men in funny hats very seriously parading a loaf of bread. You can't make s*** like this up!

      February 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm |
    • meledir

      So what does that imply that is any different, from an objective point of view, than the Protestant version of the purely symbolic bread and wine? No one maintains that the change is measurable. The difference before and after consecration is in how the substances are treated: as sacred objects, rather than as bread and wine that could be thrown away.

      February 19, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
      • colin31714

        If that were the case, they would admit it is purely symbolic, but they don't. They maintain that the substances undergo transubstantiation and turn into the flesh and blood of Jesus. And that, my friend, is pure crazy.

        February 19, 2014 at 7:46 pm |
    • Peaceadvocate2014

      Colin,

      Have you been in a football game? They paint their faces, tattoos even, hang their pictures in the wall, ridiculous 🙂
      Hope u were klidding as well.

      February 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm |
      • colin31714

        But they do not claim that the football turns into the skin and breath of Sammy Baugh with every touchdown. Supernatural claims are childish – end of story.

        February 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm |
        • Peaceadvocate2014

          Colin,

          Different level but same concept. Jesus came at the time of the Romans, football started when? Give it time.

          Peace

          February 20, 2014 at 11:11 am |
        • believerfred

          Peaceadvocate2014
          I think you are onto something, if a rock can turn into colin or the pope time is the constant not belief. Given another 13.8 billion years Sammy may just become the Horned Frog of Texas Christian University.

          February 20, 2014 at 12:12 pm |
        • Peaceadvocate2014

          Lol

          February 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Dyslexic doG

    Why doesn't your god appear to the world and put an end to any doubt?

    He seems to be narcissistic enough and vain enough and insecure enough to want all the adoration and all the worship of every person in the world. Your book which you keep bleating is the "word of god", certainly sees god commanding you endlessly to adore him and worship him and bow before him and idolize him and praise him. "Oh love me, love me, tell me how wonderful I am!"

    It would be effortless for him to show himself, like he seemed to do pretty regularly back in the bronze age, and he wouldn't have to send so many people either born in the wrong place or people trusting logic and science over blind faith, to eternal fire and pain and torment. Surely, if he is the loving god that you claim, he would be anxious to save all these people rather than damn them?

    February 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm |
    • Heaven Sent

      Typical atheist. Showing your pride by thinking you are yourself a mini-god. Always jealous that Jesus is the Lord. If I move the kittens that froze, the thawed pizza bites are still good. Keep denouncing Jesus and see what flavor your yogurt turns out to be.

      Amen.

      February 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        as I know there are no gods, why would I think myself a mini-god?

        breakfast cereal is yummy

        I am just a highly evolved animal.

        February 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm |
        • Dyslexic doG

          oh, and I forgot to finish with "Amen".

          February 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm |
      • Truth Be Told

        Amen Heaven Sent. But since they come from nothing they don't even want to be a mini-god. They think of themselves as the tiniest thing next to nothing. That won't earn them anything but a nosebleed seat at Satan's concert where what they hear will be nothing but pure pain. Amen.

        February 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm |
        • Heaven Sent

          @Truth Be Told

          You and your kind are just atheists trolling these articles to get a reaction from Christians. The moderator kicks us off every chance he gets. My 12-year-old daughter's wedding ring got lost in the toilet. Drop your prideful arrogance and join the winning team.

          Amen.

          February 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          LOL – you can't even keep track of your own nutjobs...

          February 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm |
      • realbuckyball

        Oh no. Heaven Scent is back. Now all we need is Adelina, and the gang will all be here.
        How's life in the trailer park Heaven ?

        February 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm |
    • Peaceadvocate2014

      Dx,

      God is leaving it up to humans to determine was is right. If i have tremendous power i get bored showing off all the time. I know im powerful but i want to teach my children more than power. The ability to determine was is right.

      February 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        Ridiculous nonsense...

        February 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm |
        • Peaceadvocate2014

          Im immune to ridicule but whats ur point? Ah i think so too.

          February 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          I must have missed something from earlier. I'm at work and can't always read through dozens of posts.

          February 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm |
        • thefinisher1

          Another childish atheists. Ridiculous.

          February 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm |
    • thefinisher1

      why doesn't your non-belief god show itself, ending all the doubt?! Huh?! Your non-belief is ridiculous any idiots believe it.

      February 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        asinine

        February 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
  10. Doc Vestibule

    Christian Tongue Twisters

    A pious Pope poked a peck of pickle pus'sed papist people.
    Satan's sandy sandles soon sidle by the seashore.

    February 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm |
    • Heaven Sent

      The atheists on this blog believe satan's sandy sandles soon sidle by the seashore. Go on washing your toes with the devil. My camel-toe washed once too. Enjoy surfing the evil waves of your father satan, who is evil.

      Amen.

      February 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        bat sh1t crazy

        February 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm |
      • likklehero

        Nice to see you back, and that it does get washed from time to time.

        February 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm |
  11. Dyslexic doG

    enough about the little book of insults, how about the big book of fantasy?

    February 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm |
    • Peaceadvocate2014

      Lost soul. Blessed is who believe.

      February 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        infantile slave mind

        February 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm |
        • Peaceadvocate2014

          Dx,

          I am a believer, a follower but not a slave. I choose to believe not forced to believe. You believe in illegitimate authority, power. Legitimate authority is to guide, example, when you guide a child crossing the street.

          You may have evolved into a what you define yourself as "highly evolved animals" but what good is it without morals. A very bleak future.

          Peace

          February 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm |
        • igaftr

          peace
          What possibly makes you think that you need god to have morality.
          Do animals have gods? They have morality...and the evolution of social animals "morality" is a survival technique...as far as any can show, no gods required for morality.

          We consider it immoral to have the wrong person punished for our actions, but christians seem to think it is moral to allow just that.
          Christians certainly do not have any moral ground to stand on.

          February 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm |
  12. Rainer Braendlein

    It doesn't matter, whether a kind pope sits on the papal throne or an impolite one, the papal office is corrupt in itself independent from the person holding it.

    Only one example: The CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church) which is always acknowledged by the current pope considers Islam as a legitimate religion, and Islamic believers as people which will inherit the soul's health one day even if they remain Muslims up to the end of their life.

    This is such an outrageous betrayal of Christianity that I am at a loss of words to describe that.

    The Koran clearly says that Jesus was only a man. The Islam denies the divine sonship of Jesus Christ. Therefore the Islam is anti-Christian, and no Muslim believer will ever inherit the Kingdom of God save he converts to Christianity.

    The popes are responsible for the soul's death of millions of Muslims because the popes keep the fiction they could remain Muslims, and there would be no need to convert to Christianity in order to get saved.

    I believe that Jesus Christ will kill the pope personally when he returns from the heavens together with all his saints.

    http://confessingchurch.wordpress.com

    February 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
    • Akira

      Yes, yes , more religious bigotry from Ranier, whilst pimping his website in an attempt to steal advertising from CNN.

      I wish I could say I'm shocked. I'm not.

      February 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm |
    • joey3467

      The fact that the Koran says Jesus was just a man actually makes it more believable than the Bible.

      February 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm |
      • Rainer Braendlein

        ... and you will get condemned at Judgement Day by the Lord and God Jesus.

        February 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm |
        • Dyslexic doG

          oh what an infantile, fairy tale world you live in ...

          February 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm |
        • joey3467

          Highly unlikely.

          February 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm |
        • Akira

          Nonsense, Rain. His chances if being condemned are the sane as yours.

          February 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm |
      • Peaceadvocate2014

        A kind man that changed the world and fullfill the message of God. We became more moral and civilized.

        February 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      and you, a person in the 21st century, can honestly read that cult-speak that you just wrote and not shake your head and think "hang on, what the heck am I doing here?!?!"? You can't look at that fantasy, fairy tale magical voodoo paragraph you just penned and think, "wait a minute, this bears no resemblance to reality, It must be just years of indoctrination making me write this stuff"?

      February 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm |
    • Peaceadvocate2014

      Ranier,

      I agree with some of the things you said. We are all humans that has evil tendencies. Pope to criminals. But let is separate the sins of humans from the message of the inst:tution if we are going to be fair. Love one another.

      Peace be with you my brother.

      February 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm |
  13. joeyy1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_F9nIps46w

    February 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      What is the point of posting this stupid video over and over?

      February 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm |
  14. thefinisher1

    Atheists tend to cherry pick verses without telling the whole story. So who's more of a hypocrite now? Ding ding ding! Atheists! What compulsive liars atheists are. Hmmm.

    February 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm |
    • Truth Be Told

      Amen thiefinisher1. I haven't found the verses in the article you are talking about yet, but you can be sure that pick them apart like they were just the tiniest part of a cherry. They will burn forever for their wickedness. Amen.

      February 19, 2014 at 12:51 pm |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        Finish the statement... "Agreeing with a useless troll... makes me a useless ________"

        February 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm |
        • Truth Be Told

          Is not, you are just picking at cherries too, like all atheists.

          February 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          "Is not, you are just picking at cherries too, like all atheists." What a juvenile supposition...

          February 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Still a douchebag troll I see... maybe you should consider a new line of work, since you suck at this one.

      February 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm |
      • thefinisher1

        So atheists don't cherry pick verses and they do tell the whole story? Hmm. Somebody is denying the truth! LOL!!!!!!😜😀😃😄😊

        February 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          I sincerely hope that your stupid is not contagious or can be contained... humanity has enough problems to deal with

          February 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm |
        • thefinisher1

          Avoid giving an answer eh? I assume that many atheists do in fact cherry pick verses without telling the whole story honestly. Yep. You're in denial.

          February 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          "When a Christian reaches for their book to reference a quote... you know they are about to lie their ass off..." ~LET

          Troll, I am done wasting my time talking to you...

          February 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm |
        • thefinisher1

          Still no answer? Wow. Your atheism must be so weak that you can't provide answers to questions. Hmmm. Might want to recheck your atheism, kid.

          February 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm |
        • Akira

          What do atheists cherry-pick verses from?

          February 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
        • Truth Be Told

          It's not just cherries. Atheist will pick apart what ever they can get their grimy hands on and pick it apart until they can claim it as something they need to prove how they were created from nothing. They want everything and everyone to be so tiny that they are meaningless and nothing. Atheist ignore the largest things like God who is everywhere that's how big He is. Amen.

          February 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm |
    • In Santa We Trust

      Examples?

      February 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm |
    • Akira

      Lol.

      February 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I think from today's Cafe Troll Menu, I'll order the Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.

      February 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm |
      • Akira

        I DON'T LIKE BLOODY SPAM!!

        February 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      your wife calls you "thefinisher" doesn't she?

      Is the "1" for duration in seconds?

      LOLOL

      February 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm |
      • Akira

        I tend to think he's a lone gunman.

        February 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm |
        • thefinisher1

          Lol I don't own any guns kiddo😜😀😃 Try again

          February 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm |
        • otoh2

          Akira,

          Heh... and @finisher thinks "he's" the one of the ones who so thoroughly understands metaphors, analogies and parables!

          February 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm |
        • doobzz

          Did I just hear a great big whooshing sound? LMAO!

          February 20, 2014 at 1:46 am |
  15. Anthony Crispino

    I didn't see any name maybe he gave to those women who could breast feed and church and still refuse. I mean, come on already, they fired the canon and made it a law already, right?

    February 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm |
    • Peaceadvocate2014

      I guess you could take dump in chrich and its ok too. Its natural like breastfeeding.

      February 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm |
  16. derado8

    Pope Benedict would have made a good web troll.

    February 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm |
  17. James XCIX

    "Indeed, the Pope has denounced the following: "sad Christians," "pickled pepper-faced Christians," "closed, sad, trapped Christians," "pagan Christians," "defeated Christians," “liquid Christians,”...etc...Little surprise, then, that some Catholics have, at times, felt alienated by Francis’s criticisms, feeling as if they are under attack."

    If the shoe doesn't fit, don't wear it; it doesn't mean it doesn't fit someone else. I doubt he feels bad about hurting the feelings of those he's calling out.

    February 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm |
    • Akira

      I find it hilarious that these people are getting so up in arms...if they feel they are "under attack", they must recognize their pickled pepper-faced reflection in the mirror.

      February 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm |
  18. new-man

    Nice to know Mr. Francis is not a respecter of persons. Also good to see many of his remarks are directed at Christians.
    Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. Pro 15:10

    Would have loved to see even more examples.

    Best wishes with the potential book.

    February 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm |
  19. revrickm

    Okay, I guess gossip sells, so whatever you feel compelled to write, go for it. But I suspect that most Catholics (I am a "retired" Catholic) that are offended by Francis' remarks probably see themselves in his unflattering insults. Tough cookies, eh?

    February 19, 2014 at 11:57 am |
    • Akira

      That's my take in it as well. If these people are insulted , it usually means that a nerve has been struck.

      This whole piece is one big whinefest.

      February 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm |
      • revrickm

        Exactly.

        February 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm |
  20. doobzz

    Perhaps he can start a Serious Injury Book too.

    February 19, 2014 at 11:55 am |
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