posted on 03/27/2002 8:26:47 PM PST
>>>His point, and it is a good one, is that the leaders of the Catholic Church in America (and one might also argue the same applies to many Protestant leaders) were compromised because they feared the criticism of the world more than they feared disapproval from God.>>>>
Sounds like the typical Republican politician, but in their case, they comprimise because they fear the press and the polls. Except for Reagan, the one and only. Real Ronald Reagan
posted on 03/27/2002 8:41:06 PM PST
The same attitude prevails in many churches today. Some no longer affirm the validity of the Resurrection, the central doctrine of the Christian faith to be celebrated this Easter Sunday. Nor do they accept the many miracles performed by Jesus, or proclaim that one should live in any way other than to please one's self. Too many churches abandon doctrine at the first sign of secular disapproval for fear of being called names and being rejected by the unchurched masses.
It is interesting that most mainline churches who fit this description are hemmoraging membership whereas those who stubbornly stand for something are actually growing. Could it be that "feel-good" religion like "feel-good" politics is a spent force?
Catholics want to remain Catholic while at the same time rejecting some of the basic teachings of their church.
Just as true in the Protestant wing of the faith. I often shake my head and wonder, Why do they even bother coming to church, if they don't believe it?
A local radio host, who's Jewish, gave an in-depth description of the Passover Seder, recounting the Biblical source of the many symbolic rituals and prayers - and then said, "Of course, we know it never really happened!"
Well... why bother?
posted on 03/27/2002 8:52:13 PM PST
I think it is a terrible, terrible crime and I also think that there is some propganda going on here too. I get the impression they want you to think there are many, many priests who are committing these awful acts; and that I don't believe. It's another way to attack and bring down Christianity, and just about everything good in America. As long as the opposite side can get away with what works (which seems to be distorting the truth by making you believe that almost every priest is a molester) they are going to keep at it. Take a deep breath and use some common sense. This kind of garbage works. There is probably a small percentage of priests that would commit this truly horrific act; but I'll bet not as many as the opposite side would have you believe.
posted on 03/27/2002 9:56:49 PM PST
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