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Old 03-14-2013, 12:58 PM
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Jesuits are considered the 'academic free thinkers' of the Catholic church and do sometimes debate/disagree with the Vatican on issues such as those above. They also are rather stronger in vows of poverty and some of the ideas of social justice spring from the Jesuits...

That's where some of my very cautious hope springs.

I admit, I wasn't excited at all and the pope and circumstance of the whole affair was almost obscene, but I was very curious to see the outcome of the vote. When you hear that cardinals from places such as Boston, Nigeria and South America have a legitimate chance to become Pope, it's surreal.

A lot of the kids there were likely just excited because he's a Jesuit, aka "one of their own". I'm sure the teachers (one of the men present was the school principal) have been briefing them for weeks about the candidates, so I'm sure they had a lot more background on New Pope than most of us. I'm a lapsed Catholic so while it doesn't mean as much to me as it did when I was a kid, with John Paul II, there's still hope they can move in a better, more modern direction.

I mean, it can't get any worse...can it?
Old 03-14-2013, 01:23 PM
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Maybe the new patriarch of romevwill do the right thing and rejoin the Orthodox church and repeal their lapses in beliefs. Lol
Old 03-14-2013, 04:14 PM
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I mean, it can't get any worse...can it?
Anyone expecting progressivism from the Papacy is barking up the wrong tree. The new Pope is apparently stridently against equality for gays and lesbians, for instance. Is that a step up from an ex-Hitler youth who did his best to muck in American politics by asking the church in the US to deny John Kerry communion over abortion during the 2004 election and who has fingerprints on the Vatican banking and pedophile scandals? Yeah, probably. I suppose the hope is that being from outside Europe he's at least a scandal-free reactionary as opposed to a scandal-tinged reactionary, and that's something.

Ideally, the best you can probably hope from a Pope right now is to keep his mouth largely shut on abortion and LGBT issues (even if he has to be on the wrong side of those issues on paper), who instead focuses on issues of social and economic fairness which all Catholics largely agree on, and who isn't crooked as the day is long or covering up for little kid diddlers.
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Bad news from the Boston Marathon. Couple of explosions at the finish line. Hoping the damage isn't as bad as it sounds..
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At least 3 dead, many more injuried.

What a sick world we live in.
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limbs dismembered...
Old 04-15-2013, 03:38 PM
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These runners now have to face recovery in a hospital bed, barely able to move their limbs. As if recovering from a marathon isn't bad enough.

I've seen photos that are just horrific. War zone quality.

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Completely heartless and evil. Whoever is found responsible deserves nothing less than the death penalty. An eye for an eye.
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Just disgusting. How somebody can have that much evil inside I will never know.
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This is chilling. It literally makes me sick to my stomach.
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