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Pope Benedict XVI Ready to Meet America

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Messenger: Nick1234 Sent: 4/12/2008 2:05:40 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Next up for Pope Benedict XVI, a welcoming nation that wants to get to know him.

Benedict's first trip to the United States as pope begins Tuesday — a five-day visit to Washington and New York, including a speech at the United Nations. Anyone expecting strident speeches from the man once called "God's rottweiler" for his role defending Roman Catholic doctrine will be disappointed.

Benedict will deliver an unwavering message that society needs religious values, but this intellectual pontiff will do it in the most positive way possible. After making relatively little headway in his efforts to re-ignite the faith in Europe, America's roughly 65 million Catholics seem anxious to hear him.

"He has a way of helping us see what the Gospel and what the Catholic faith tradition asks of us that is challenging and not frightening," Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, Benedict's host in the first leg of the five-day trip, told The Associated Press.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, notes that "religion is deeply rooted in American life despite the separation of church and state."

A March poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found nearly three-quarters of U.S. Catholics viewed Benedict positively. Among the U.S. public at large, 52 percent viewed the pope favorably, but about one-third said they didn't know enough about him to answer.

Nearly three years after he assumed the papacy following the death of John Paul II, the pope's trip to America will change that.

"The intention behind my visit ... is to reach out spiritually to all Catholics in the United States," Benedict said in a video greeting to the U.S. ahead of the trip.

Catholic leaders say any perception of Benedict as a mirthless scold is unfair — a hangover from his long tenure as head of the Vatican office that enforces orthodoxy. Bishops and others describe him as a shy, humble man with a keen sense of humor and a love of teaching. Long before he went to the Vatican, Benedict, a theologian, was a university professor.

The Rev. David M. O'Connell, president of the Catholic University of America, noted that John Paul emerged on the world scene at the relatively young age of 58 when he was elected pope. He eventually became a grandfather figure for the church as his pontificate stretched to 26 years.

Benedict was already 78 when he was elected in 2005, and has been perceived as a "wisdom figure" for Catholics from the start, O'Connell said.

"This pope, without in any way trying to be critical of his predecessor, has emphasized Jesus Christ, not the person of the pope, as critically significant," O'Connell said.

"The other pope used his personality to spread the Gospel and the Gospel message, and he did it very effectively. This pope knows he doesn't have a rock star personality and he's using what his greatest gifts are to get the message out there. And his greatest gifts are intellectual and pastoral."

Benedict has struggled against the tide of secularism, but may see the United States — which he visited five times as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — as a chance to gain ground.

In recently receiving the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon, Benedict welcomed what he called the American people's "historic" appreciation of the role of religion in shaping public policy.

He used the occasion to condemn abortion, euthanasia and gay marriage, praising "the efforts of so many of your fellow citizens and government leaders to ensure legal protection for God's gift of life from conception to natural death."

The visit would normally have taken place in October, when the General Assembly of the United Nations meets, but was moved up to avoid clashing with the last weeks of the U.S. presidential campaign.

Benedict will begin the trip with a visit with President George W. Bush at the White House. Like his predecessor, Benedict was sharply critical of the war in Iraq but shares with Bush a deep concern over the plight of Iraqi Christians.

The pope also will turn 81 while in the United States, and all American cardinals have been invited to a birthday lunch Wednesday at the Vatican embassy in Washington. Vatican aides say the pope is in good shape.

"I was struck, the Holy Father just seemed very much energized," Archbishop Wuerl said after meeting with Benedict in Rome before the trip. "His walk, his gait is impressive. You would never guess his age."

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, told reporters last Tuesday that Benedict has no plans to meet with any of the candidates. However, a host of politicians from both major parties may be on hand Wednesday when he visits the White House.

Benedict has warned Catholic politicians who must decide on such issues as abortion, euthanasia and marriage that the faith's values are "not negotiable."

However, unlike 2004 when Democratic contender John Kerry's support of abortion rights caused friction among Catholic bishops, none of the leading Democratic or Republican candidates this year is a Catholic. The voting faithful in America do not cast their ballots in a bloc.

Washington Archbishop Wuerl believes Benedict, who speaks excellent if accented English, will look at the "bigger picture" when he has that first public encounter at the White House. He said it will be an occasion "to highlight the Catholic presence and what contribution they can make in this incredibly wonderful country."

Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican's No. 2 official, said Benedict will stress the "dignity of the human being" in his address to the United Nations.

Asked in an AP interview what impact the speech may have on U.S. policy, Bertone said, "every nation has its dignity. It is obvious that also this consideration has an impact on the policy of a great power like the United States. The United States shares the ideals of the United Nations."

Messenger: Nick1234 Sent: 4/12/2008 2:07:50 PM

I wish I could smoke ganja right in his face and chant JAH RASTAFARI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Highly Critical of the Iraq War.....Maybe because not enough people have died yet....I sorta agree with Osama's stamtement about a new Vatican led Crusade......But fire Bun the Pope And Bin Ladin.

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Pope Benny is coming tommorow....................................................President Bush his puppet is making a big welcome for the puppet master

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Published: April 16, 2008
WASHINGTON — Far from tamping down emotions, Pope Benedict XVI’s expression of remorse on Tuesday for the church’s sexual abuse scandal prompted an angry and skeptical response from victims, who said they wanted actions, not words from the Vatican.

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Go to Complete Coverage » “He talks about feeling shame for the scandal but it’s a far cry from the shame that victims have had to live with our entire lives,” said Becky Ianni, 50, an abuse victim who joined a vigil in front of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church here.

Holding an eight-foot-long vinyl banner with photographs of more than 60 children abused by priests, a group of about a half-dozen victims and supporters gathered to voice their frustrations with the pope.

The protesters explained that the 15 or so faces on the banner that were framed with black boxes were those of abuse victims who committed suicide.

“We don’t really need his sense of shame,” said Ms. Ianni, who said she was abused by her parish priest in Alexandria Va., from age 9 to 11. “We need him to take firm actions to correct the situation.”

Speaking to reporters on his flight to the United States, Benedict addressed the scandal that has produced more than 13,000 sexual abuse victims and cost the church more than $2 billion.

“It is a great suffering for the church in the United States and for the church in general and for me personally that this could happen,” Benedict said, adding that he would work to keep pedophiles out of the priesthood. “It is difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betray in this way their mission.”

Robert Costello, however, was among the child abuse victims not moved by the pope’s remarks. “I think they were rehearsed,” he said.

At a news conference in Boston organized by a victims’ group, Mr. Costello, who said he was abused by a priest in West Roxbury, Mass., starting when he was 10, said he was shocked that the pope would talk about his own suffering and that of the church while making no mention of the harm done to victims.

“What about the suffering of the children?” he said, adding that he planned to travel to New York to read aloud the names of victims on Friday while the pope addresses the United Nations.

David Carney, who says a priest abused him during his freshman year at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, also dismissed the pope’s comments as insincere.

“Don’t sit around on your plane and talk about it,” said Mr. Carney, 41, who also attended the Boston news conference. “If you’re ashamed about it, do something about it.”

At the vigil in Washington, another victim, Peter Isley, who is a national board member of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said the pope’s comments rang hollow.

“The pope says he has empathy and that he doesn’t understand how this could happen, and yet he is not willing to talk to actual victims to get our input,” he said.

Various victims’ organizations requested several months ago that the pope or his representatives meet with them during the papal visit, Mr Isley said, but all such requests were met with silence.

Mr. Isley added that like most victims, he wants two clear actions from the pope. First, he wants him to announce this week that he plans to change canon law so that every priest who has assaulted a child anywhere in the world will be removed from ministry. Second, he wants the pope to announce plans to take disciplinary action against any bishop who has been involved in covering up an assault.

Anne Barrett Doyle co-director of Bishop Accountability, a Web site that documents the sexual abuse scandal, expressed similar skepticism. She said that what the pope did not say is more important that what he did.

“Rather than shifting attention to pedophile priests, he needs to focus on the culpability of bishops,” she said. “The crisis occurred because many U.S. bishops were willing to hide their priests’ crimes from the police with lies.”

Messenger: Nick1234 Sent: 4/15/2008 9:31:40 PM

HOLY SHIT 13,000 poor kids raped by priests...IT MAKES ME WANT TO VOMIT



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) -- Bernie McDaid was an 11-year-old altar boy when his priest began molesting him, one of 50 boys who have said they were molested by the same man.

Olan Horne, from left, Faith Johnston and Bernie McDaid met with the pope Thursday.

1 of 3more photos » Like with so many victims of abuse, McDaid's young life spiraled. He turned to drugs and alcohol in his teen years, struggling to cope with what "Father B" had done to him.

On Thursday, he finally got a chance to do something he'd hoped for decades: He met with the Holy Father and told him about the abuse he had suffered.

"I basically told him that I was an altar boy ... a young boy praying to God at the time that I was abused," McDaid said. "It wasn't just sexual abuse, it was spiritual abuse, and I want you to know that."

"And then I told him that he has a cancer growing in his ministry and needs to do something about it. And I hope he hears me right, and I touched his heart. And he nodded." Watch victims describe abuse and pope's apology »

McDaid was part of a small group of victims of the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Roman Catholic Church who met with Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday. They shared their stories with the pope in a Washington chapel in what the victims called an emotional, frank and ultimately hope-filled meeting.

Faith Johnston clutched her mother's rosary beads as she tried to speak to the pope. But her emotions took over.

"I didn't end up saying anything. I got up to him, and I burst into tears," said Johnston, who at 14 was molested by her priest. "I think just my tears alone spoke -- just spoke so much."

She added, "I hope that other survivors can hear about this, see this and get the same hope that we've gotten from it."

Olan Horne said the pope first apologized to them in what he called an "unscripted" and "free-flowing" meeting.

"We were all able to answer all of the questions that needed to be asked and for him to respond to. And he did -- and he did forthright," Horne said.

"He seemed to intrinsically understand what we were talking about. And he spoke to those issues to each one of us in a spiritual way, in a pastoral way. And he also was very respectful of where and what we wanted to talk about."

Horne added, "My hope was restored today from what I heard. And I believe we received a promise."

Horne and McDaid both accused the same priest, the Rev. Joseph Birmingham, of molesting them. Birmingham died in 1989.

The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a papal spokesman, said the pope listened to everyone's "personal accounts and offered them words of encouragement and hope."

The surprise meeting came during the pope's visit, the first trip to the United States by the Holy Father since the abuse scandal rocked the church in the early 2000s.

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The meeting is believed to be the first between a pope and the victims of clergy sexual abuse.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the nation's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims, said it was pleased that the pope met with the victims but hopes the church will do more.

"This is a small, long overdue step forward on a very long road. We're confident the meeting was meaningful for the participants, and we're grateful that these victims have had the courage to come forward and speak up," the group said.

"But fundamentally, it won't change things. Kids need action. Catholics deserve action. Action produces reform, and reform, real reform, is sorely needed in the church hierarchy."

Earlier Thursday, celebrating Mass in center field at Washington's new ballpark, the pope gave a 20-minute homily that focused on hope, repentance, unity and reconciliation among the 70 million Catholics in the United States.

"It is in the context of this hope, born of God's love and fidelity, that I acknowledge the pain which the church in America has experienced as the result of sexual abuse of minors," Benedict said.

"No words of mine could describe the pain and harm inflicted by such abuse. It is important that those who have suffered be given loving pastoral attention."

McDaid was sitting in the audience with his mother when he heard those words. Watch pope's apology 'blew me away' »

"I had tears in my eyes that I wasn't ready to have. It was an incredible moment for me," he said.

Now, he hopes the church will follow through.

"We're at the beginning of a new start, and there's real hope this time. It's not just words. I think there's going to be action following this moment now." E-mail to a friend

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President Bush, speaking to members of Congress and clergy on Friday, said he felt firsthand the excitement of this week's U.S. visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

"This has been a joyous week. It's been a joyous time for Catholics — and it wasn't such a bad week for Methodists, either. The excitement was just palpable," Bush said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, an event that coincided with the pope's visit.

Bush, who is Methodist, said the pope brought out extraordinary excitement from Americans, particularly Wednesday when Benedict rode through Washington's streets in the popemobile and was the prime guest of a crowded ceremony on the White House South Lawn.

"The streets were lined with people that were so thrilled that the Holy Father was here," Bush said. "It was just such a special moment. And it was a special moment to be able to visit with the Holy Father in the Oval Office."

Bush spoke at a hotel ballroom before an audience of more than 2,000 guests, including Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Solicitor General Paul D. Clement.

But the morning's main event was the pope's address to the United Nations General Assembly, which was being broadcast on large screens for the attendees.

"It's not every day you get to be the warm-up act to the Holy Father," Bush said to an audience that brought raucous applause.

Bush also said that during the course of his administration, he and the Catholic church have worked together to uphold the dignity of human life, including efforts to stop U.S. funding of foreign groups that perform or promote abortions and efforts to support stem cell research that avoids use of embryos.

After Bush got a round of loud applause as he left the hotel, his motorcade drove past a Catholic advocacy group protesting the Iraq war and holding a giant poster that read: "Thank you, Pope Benedict, for speaking out against the war."

The annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, now in its fifth year, is open to all faiths. It was designed as a bipartisan prayer meeting, but many of the most prominent organizers are Republican activists.

Messenger: Nick1234 Sent: 4/18/2008 4:26:45 PM

Maybe I can get cursed by the precense of the UNHOLY FATHER of BAAL

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No Difference Between the Pope and Jeff Warren

By David J. Stewart

The Mormon religion has been in the news much lately because of alleged child molestations in Texas. The state of Texas forcibly removed 416 children from their Mormon parents when suspicions of sexual abuse began to appear. Mormonism is a sex cult, and it's widespread history of sexual abuse is well documented. Only a fool would have anything to do with the Mormon false religion. The newsmedia has been having a heyday with cult leader, Jeff Warren, and the sexual perversion within the Mormon Church.

Hypocritically, the newsmedia has been praising Pope Benedict's first visit to the United States in April of 2008. The newsmedia has been eerily silent about the widespread child molestations within the Roman Catholic Church. Could it be because 60,000,000 Americans are Catholics? Catholicism is a prisonhouse of religion—plagued with homosexuals, child molesters, pedophiles, and pederasts. It is sickening! I recently read a joke online that went: "A priest, a rapist, and a pedophile walk into a bar... and that's just the first guy." As just the tip-of-the-iceberg, the Pope has covered up for 4,500 priests who've molested over 11,000 children since 1950!!! CNN reports...

Draft survey: 4,450 priests accused of sex abuse
NEW YORK (CNN) --Children accused more than 4,000 priests of sexual abuse between 1950 and 2002, according to a draft survey for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The survey, to be released February 27, found that children made more than 11,000 allegations of sexual abuse by priests. The 4,450 accused priests represent about 4 percent of the 110,000 priests who served during the 52 years covered by the study.

The report is based on a nationwide survey of church records, and was compiled by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the conference. The bishops' conference commissioned the survey to get a better understanding of the scope of the crisis.

CNN reviewed a draft copy of the survey. Officials said it may be slightly changed before its release.

More than half of the accused priests had only one allegation against them. Nearly 25 percent, or 1,112 priests, had two or three allegations, and almost 13 percent, or 578 priests, had four to nine allegations, according to the draft report. Nearly 3 percent, or 133 of the priests, had 10 or more allegations.

The report said that 6,700 of the 11,000 allegations were investigated and substantiated, and another 1,000 were unsubstantiated. The remaining 3,300 were not investigated because the priests involved had died by the time the allegation was made.

The director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests said Monday that the survey's numbers are low.

"Bishops have tried to hide this for years, so there is no reason to believe all of a sudden they would change their ways," David Clohessy said. "The only prudent thing to do is to assume this is not the entire truth. This is a survey, not a report or investigation."

SNAP, founded in 1989, describes itself on its Web site as the nation's largest, oldest and most active support group for people victimized by religious authority figures.

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a written statement calling the reports "a very sobering and important milestone."

"I have not seen the reports, and so I cannot comment on their substance," the statement from Bishop Wilton D. Gregory said. "But I want to reaffirm that the bishops requested these studies so that we could understand as fully as possible what caused this terrible occurrence in the life of our community to make sure that it never happens again.

"My heart goes out to all who have suffered, and I assure them especially that the bishops are committed to fully implementing the Dallas Charter and will continue to work with the Office of Child and Youth Protection and the National Review Board to reach out to victims and prevent such abuse from occurring in the future," Gregory said in a statement.

The Dallas Charter is a plan developed by the conference in 2002 to protect children from sex abuse by priests. The conference created the review board in 2002 and charged it with commissioning the abuse study.

The head of Voice of the Faithful, a Catholic group formed in response to the priest sex abuse scandal, says some important information is missing from the draft report.

"Although it counts the number of children who have been abused, the number of priests who have abused children, the total financial cost to the church, it does not chronicle the number of bishops who knowingly re-assigned priests who had abused children," said Steve Krueger.

"Without that kind of investigation, there can be no accountability," Krueger said.

The editor of the National Catholic Reporter agreed the church scandal is not just about sex.

"This has long ceased to be just a scandal about sex abuse. It's a scandal about abuse of power and trust, and a breech of faith with people," said Tom Roberts.

Bill Burleigh, a member of the conference's National Review Board, said he would not comment until the survey is released. No clergy serve on the review board.

According to the survey, 78 percent of those abused were between 11 and 17, 16 percent were 8 to 10, and nearly 6 percent were 7 or younger.

The survey also said that several factors contributed to the problem, including failure to grasp its gravity, overemphasis on the avoidance of scandal, use of unqualified treatment centers, misguided willingness to forgive and insufficient accountability.

More than 44,000 priests serve in the United States, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

SOURCE: - Draft survey: 4,450 priests accused of sex abuse - Feb. 17, 2004

What's the difference between the Pope and Jeff Warren? They have both covered up child molestations within their organizations, and made every attempt to protect sex-offenders. The Pope is as much a criminal as Jeff Warren. The only difference between the Catholic Church and Mormonism is that the alter boys can't get pregnant.

Pope 'led cover-up of child abuse by priests'

by EWAN FLETCHER - 30th September 2006

Photos to right: Tom Doyle and, bottom, Pope Benedict
The Pope played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests, according to a shocking documentary to be screened by the BBC tonight.

In 2001, while he was a cardinal, he issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church's interests ahead of child safety.

The document recommended that rather than reporting sexual abuse to the relevant legal authorities, bishops should encourage the victim, witnesses and perpetrator not to talk about it. And, to keep victims quiet, it threatened that if they repeat the allegations they would be excommunicated.

The Panorama special, Sex Crimes And The Vatican, investigates the details of this little-known document for the first time. The programme also accuses the Catholic Church of knowingly harbouring paedophile clergymen. It reveals that priests accused of child abuse are generally not struck off or arrested but simply moved to another parish, often to reoffend. It gives examples of hush funds being used to silence the victims.

Before being elected as Pope Benedict XVI in April last year, the pontiff was Cardinal Thomas Ratzinger who had, for 24 years, been the head of the powerful Congregation of the Doctrine of The Faith, the department of the Roman Catholic Church charged with promoting Catholic teachings on morals and matters of faith. An arch-Conservative, he was regarded as the 'enforcer' of Pope John Paul II in cracking down on liberal challenges to traditional Catholic teachings.

Five years ago he sent out an updated version of the notorious 1962 Vatican document Crimen Sollicitationis - Latin for The Crime of Solicitation - which laid down the Vatican's strict instructions on covering up sexual scandal. It was regarded as so secret that it came with instructions that bishops had to keep it locked in a safe at all times.

Cardinal Ratzinger reinforced the strict cover-up policy by introducing a new principle: that the Vatican must have what it calls Exclusive Competence. In other words, he commanded that all child abuse allegations should be dealt with direct by Rome.

Patrick Wall, a former Vatican-approved enforcer of the Crimen Sollicitationis in America, tells the programme: "I found out I wasn't working for a holy institution, but an institution that was wholly concentrated on protecting itself."

And Father Tom Doyle, a Vatican lawyer until he was sacked for criticising the church's handling of child abuse claims, says: "What you have here is an explicit written policy to cover up cases of child sexual abuse by the clergy and to punish those who would call attention to these crimes by the churchmen.

"When abusive priests are discovered, the response has been not to investigate and prosecute but to move them from one place to another. So there's total disregard for the victims and for the fact that you are going to have a whole new crop of victims in the next place. This is happening all over the world."

The investigation could not come at a worse time for Pope Benedict, who is desperately trying to mend the Church's relations with the Muslim world after a speech in which he quoted a 14th Century Byzantine emperor who said that Islam was spread by holy war and had brought only evil to the world.

The Panorama programme is presented by Colm O'Gorman, who was raped by a priest when he was 14. He said: "What gets me is that it's the same story every time and every place. Bishops appoint priests who they know have abused children in the past to new parishes and new communities and more abuse happens."

Last night Eileen Shearer, director of the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults said: "The Catholic Church in England and Wales (has) established a single set of national policies and procedures for child protection work. We are making excellent progress in protecting children and preventing abuse."

SOURCE: Pope 'led cover-up of child abuse by priests' | the Daily Mail

I recently heard a Catholic man say: "The Vatican makes the rules." I quickly replied: "No, Jesus Christ makes the rules." Catholics are hellbound in religion without true, having churchianity without Christianity. If you are Catholic, I plead with you to forsake the manmade traditions of the Catholic Church, and instead follow Jesus Christ and the Word of God. It is tragic that 60,000,000 victims in America, and 1,000,000,000 victims worldwide are headed for the Lake of Fire in their sins, because they have been lied to by the Vatican, believing that some sinful priest (who is saturated with sins himself) can forgive sins. 1st Timothy 2:5 plainly states: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." The Catholic religion is a road to Hellfire.

Pope Benedict XVI hypocritically spoke to some of the victims of priestly child-abuse on his recent visit to America in April of 2008. Pope Benedict XVI said that he was “deeply ashamed” over the sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests in the U.S. and vowed to keep pedophiles out of the Church. What a liar! The fact of the matter is that there are thousands of such pedophile priests ALREADY lurking in the Catholic Church, and nothing is being done about it. The Vatican's own official documents clearly reveal that the Pope is protecting sex-offender priests (.pdf file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). The document plainly states that abused Catholic children (and their families) MUST remain silent about "the secret" (i.e., molestation)...

"The oath of keeping the secret must be given in these cases also by the accusers or those denouncing the priest and the witnesses."

SOURCE: The Vatican Press, 1962

What more do you need to see to conclude that the Vatican is of the Devil?

Reality Check for Catholics

As long as the Vatican holds to it's unbiblical prohibition on celibacy (1st Timothy 4:3), Catholic priests will continue to become homosexuals and pedophiles, thus molesting innocent children. Don't be a fool mom and dad. One can only reasonably conclude that Catholic parents desire to have their children molested, by continuing to support the Catholic Church in lieu of such overwhelming damnable evidence against the Catholic religion. There are over 11,000 victims of Catholic priest molestations!!! Think about that for a moment. We're not talking about a few molestations that also occur in other large organizations. We're talking about epidemic proportions here! 11,000 sexually abused victims!!! It ought to be perfectly clear to any thinking person that something is very very wrong in the organization of the Catholic Church. 11,000 molestations don't just happen. Only God in Heaven knows how many children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests, but as "good Catholics," have never told anyone. Tragically, the Catholic Church is a prisonhouse of religion that brainwashes it's victims, even to the point of believing that the priests have a right to sexually abuse them. Please listen to Sister Charlotte Keckler and The Black Veil.

The Pope is no better than Jeff Warren — both having covered-up for child-molesters and placing innocent children at the mercy of monstrous perverts. Don't believe the Pope's lying rhetoric. As long as priests are forbidden to marry by the Catholic Church, children WILL BE molested. When two men live together, it naturally makes people suspect if perhaps they're gay. So why should it be any different with Catholic priests? According to James G. Wolfe's 1989 assessment... 48.5% of the priests, and 55.1% of seminarians are gay! (SOURCE: James G. Wolf, "Gay Priests," Harper and Row, 1989, Pages 59-60. Cited in Father Donald Cozzens, "The Changing Face of the Priesthood: A reflection on the priest's crisis of soul," Liturgical Press, year 2000, Page 99).

Only a careless parent would allow their child to be alone with a Catholic priest. Please leave the Catholic Church. Go find you a good Baptist Church that believes the King James Bible, and teaches salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ. If the Catholics are right that "works" are required to get to Heaven, then most of their own priests are going straight to Hell. The truth is that only by faith in Jesus Christ, apart from all self-righteous works, can anyone get to heaven (Romans 4:5; 10:3,4).

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