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Religious Arguing here---->
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The Pope Pushes for Greater Acceptance & Tolerance

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Pope Francis released a sweeping paper yesterday urging Catholic priests around the world to be more accepting of gay men and lesbians, divorced Catholics, and other people living in what the church considers "irregular" situations." Hey, for the leader of the Catholic Church, that's aggressively progressive.

In the letter, the pope urges more common sense and less unthinking following of rules -- what he calls "discernment" -- and writes, "by thinking that everything is black and white, we sometimes close off the way of grace and growth."





04-09-2016 12:44 PM
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Bernie goes to the Vatican

The Vatican also announced yesterday that Bernie Sanders has been invited to join a meeting on restoring social justice and environmental sustainability to the world economy. http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/08/politics/b...city-trip/

Sanders and Pope Francis share a lot of the same priorities and goals. Sanders will attend the meeting, though it will pull him off the campaign trail for a few days ahead of the key New York primary.

Sanders said, "Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome 'the globalization of indifference' in order to reduce economic inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment. That is our challenge in the United States and in the world."

"I was very moved by the invitation, which just was made public today. I am a big, big fan of the pope. Obviously, there are areas where we disagree, on women's rights and gay rights. But he has played an unbelievable role -- an unbelievable role -- of injecting a moral consequence into the economy."

Sanders also joked about the pope's push to liberalize aspects of the Catholic Church, adding, "you know, people say Bernie Sanders is radical -- read what the pope is writing."

The Vatican's announcement made it clear that the invitation is not a political endorsement. Sure, Francis, sure. Smiley_emoticons_wink

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Love the cartoon. Look at Marco. 28 They are all hilarious.






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Child Sex Abuse by Catholic Priests

In the United States, 3,000 civil lawsuits have been filed against the church for child molestation by priests.

Some of these cases have resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements with many claimants. In 1998, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas paid $30.9 million to twelve victims of one priest ($45.4 million in present-day terms). From 2003 to 2009 nine other major settlements, involving over 375 cases with 1551 claimants/victims, resulted in payments of over US$1.1 billion.

The Associated Press estimated the settlements of sex abuse cases from 1950 to 2007 totaled more than $2 billion. Addressing "a flood of abuse claims" five dioceses (Tucson, Arizona; Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Davenport, Iowa, and San Diego) got bankruptcy protection. Eight Catholic dioceses have declared bankruptcy due to sex abuse cases from 2004 to 2011.

The vast majority of the molestation and rape cases are not brought to light until the victims are grown and able to understand and articulate what happened to them.

Now that the problem is out in the open and more priests are being held accountable by the courts, some authorities believe the sexual assault of children in the Catholic Church has declined dramatically. I hope that's true.

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11-16-2017 07:22 PM
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Today, I read about a defrocked priest in Maine who spent 10 years in jail for raping an alter boy. Looks like the POS might be going back to prison again.

Shortly after the original abuse scandal broke in January 2002, Priest Ronald Paquin admitted in an interview with the Globe that he had molested boys in Haverhill and Methuen over the course of his 15-year ministry.

Paquin claimed that he was raped by a priest in his youth. Before he was arrested, he received parish reassignments even after the Archdiocese of Boston quietly settled claims against him.

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^This morning, ^ Paquin, now 74, pleaded not guilty to 31 new charges of gross sexual misconduct which occurred in the 1980s. Authorities allege that Paquin brought boys to Maine for "short-term stays" and then abused them, some of them as young as 9-years-old.

If he's guilty of violating this new set of victims too, I hope they lock him up and throw away the key.

Refs:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/defrocked-p...sex-abuse/
http://archive.boston.com/globe/spotligh...rchive.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_C...buse_cases





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