Abortion, the Death of the Soul, and Christian Strategy
In his famous interview with the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro in August, Pope Francis initiated what has become a spirited discussion about the image and the reality of the Catholic Church, and about the relationship between the Church's mission to evangelize and her necessary opposition to the predominant moral evils of our age.
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“And the Horse You Rode in On”
Since: Sep 08
#1 Oct 24, 2013
AND again that contraception thing comes into play:
""But the Pope was focusing on the image of the Church in the secular world, where her public opposition to abortion, contraception, sterilization, gay marriage, divorce (and so on) is the first thing that comes to mind.""
But the new pope would like a new marketing scheme hoping perhaps people will not notice or forget about the church's opposition?? LOL!!! Call in the new marketing team, hire a new ad agency!!!!!
""""The Popes concern, clearly, is that there must be another face of the Churcha consistent effort to present the full message of Christ, a message of hope and redemption that is not only preached but lived in daily service to others. It is this face which outsiders will find attractive, and which (if it were omnipresent) would dramatically alter the image most people have of the Church. Only when they are attracted to this face of Christ in the heart of the Church, will people begin to respond to His light and love through moral change. This is Pope Francis central message.""" "
#2 Oct 24, 2013
This new ad campaign isn't going to work to get ME back to the Catholic Church, that's for sure. If the "new message" was written to try and "bring people back to the church," I have a feeling it will FAIL, big time.
I kicked the toxic baggage of Catholicism to the curb over 25 years ago, and I love the benefits of being what I call Catholicism-FREE. No message from the church will ever convince me to trade in the benefits of secularist freedom for the miseries of church-based slavery.
#3 Oct 24, 2013
For me, the seven great benefits of being what I call Catholicism-Free (CF for short) are:
1. No constant and tedious preaching about "sin"
2. No long and boring church services and sermons to ruin my Sundays
3. No hassles about the weekly drag known as "confession."
4. Not having to pop out more kids than I wanted because of Catholicism's anti-contraception doctrines
5. Not having to give any of my money to the church's blood-sucking hierarchy by the church-based extortion practice known as "tithing."
6. No worries about my child being a victim of one of the Catholic Church's vile pedophile priests
7. Freedom to decide for MYSELF on all important personal matters like sex, marriage, and reproduction
Personally, I find it a gross obscenity that a group of male clerics in dresses has the arrogance to believe it has the "right" to rule over millions of women's lives. Luckily for me, I can -- and DID -- kick all of this toxic church's baggage to the curb so it wouldn't ruin the quality of MY life. I celebrate that decision every day. For me, being Catholicism-Free (CF) ROCKS. It's wonderful how much freedom a woman has when she ISN'T mentally chained to a regressive and oppressive religious institution.
#4 Oct 24, 2013
Now, all you have to do is shake your obsession with them. Clearly, you have one.
Best of luck with that.
“Reality is better than truth.”
Since: Nov 09
#5 Oct 24, 2013
Next season on AMC: "Mad Laymen" On the premiere episode, Bob meets with the pope to discuss strategy with the pope (in a rare cameo appearance) while Samuel is given the assignment of creating a campaign selling the new RCC summer camp for boys.
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