Take a good hard look into the life of new pope. To give an overview he thinks that:

Homosexuality is still a sin. He tells people to respect homosexuals, but whent the Argintinian government is going to make sam-sex marriage legal he says, "Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."

During his early life he gave up all his fancy posetions (personal cook, facy place to live, chauffeured limo) and made a pledge of poverty. This sounds awefully noble right? Wrong, look at why he had those things to start out with (because he was a cardinal). Think about what the Bible verson of Jesus would have done. He probably wouldn't have even considered giving those things out to preachers of his word anyway. So denying riches should be something that cardinals and popes HAVE to do an shouldn't be praised for. By the way, the pledge of poverty meant that he just had to live like everyone else in the community (what a saint -- sarcasm)

Lastly, there was a criminal complaint filed against him by a human rights lawyer for the abduction of two Jesuit priests. However, there was no evidence to prove that he had anything to do with it. :)

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If you are at a Jesuit university, might I suggest that while Catholic friends may be an OK source of information, Catholic friends who are majoring in Theology would be a better source of information, and the professors teaching in the Theology department as well as the Jesuits teaching in the other departments would be the best source of information.

I'm required to take 3 theology classes. In all of them I make sure to ask questions that intrigue me about the faithful and where these beliefs come from.

I wish I could get someone to help me understand. I've asked many times - no luck.

I was raised a Roman Catholic and educated by the Jesuits. But I'm afraid I just don't get The Bible. - Not what the Bible says, but why ANYONE would care what The Bible says. How could anyone, much less hundreds of millions, believe that writings THAT full of holes and with that kind of dubious history could possibly be divinely inspired or, in any way, be worthy of even a second look.

With the Bible set aside as completely irrelevant, suddenly Jesus disappears, then God himself, then we're all on our way to a rational world.

Yes, I DO want to convert people - wake them up, more like.

You know, I could actually ask one of my professors, if you wanted to hear what they have to say.

"You know, I could actually ask one of my professors, if you wanted to hear what they have to say."

Which is why I posted that in reply to your post. Thanks. Consider it a non-credit assignment (unless you can wangle some credit out of them.) :-)

Well I sent my current theology professor an email with your question and ill probably message you her answer.

@MikeLong - I believe the answer is the fear of death and subsequently, hell - that gun-to-the-head story that Prof. Robert maintains couldn't possibly be effective --

One has to distinguish between the Catholic Church with all its restrictive policies and the Catholic on the street who has his/her own ideas about contraception, abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, etc.

Thats interesting Sam ... I didnt know that he was the runner up.


I thought it was really funny when they were showing us the candidates, they had two token black guys in there ... As if to say ... 'Hey were hip" .. But we all knew that there was no way a black Pope would ever be elected...

That's the American news media, Angela, not the Catholic Church.  There's no such thing as  a papal "candidate", and certainly no PR group within the Curia who would even know what "hip" meant <g>.

and certainly no PR group within the Curia who would even know what "hip" meant

The pope's recent venture into the world of Twitter would disagree. If that is not a sad attempt to appeal to the internet generation, I don't know what is.


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