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Pope Francis' Most Controversial Quotes

Pope Francis' Most Controversial Quotes

Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 22:45:59 in Religion

“That is the essential mystery that confronts and responds to Epicurus - God willingly subjected himself to death for our salvation from death. All logic is trapped by such an answer because it is essentially mystical and can not be understood in the ordinary sense. It is true that it is hard to believe in because it is illogical, which is why it frustrates so many unbelievers. But for the believer, death has not sting.”
Pope Francis' Most Controversial Quotes

Pope Francis' Most Controversial Quotes

Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 22:38:18 in Religion

“I don't know if Sally Hemmings loved Jefferson or not, or was raped by him or not, but while I would risk my fortune on the remarkable enterprise Jefferson and his peers created, I would not dare risk my soul on any chance words of wisdom he might have uttered. I hope you have found peace in your freedom from superstition.”
Heather Koon Raped Babies At Ohio Daycare, Filmed At Least One Incident: Police (UPDATED)

Heather Koon Raped Babies At Ohio Daycare, Filmed At Least One Incident: Police (UPDATED)

Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 22:20:17 in Crime

“This woman is extremely sick and should not be considered a "normal" criminal. Her act was too hideous to be considered punishable in the ordinary sense. She must be criminally insane as no human being could do this and be sane.”
Cardinal Keith O'Brien Had Physical Relationship With Accuser, Report Claims

Cardinal Keith O'Brien Had Physical Relationship With Accuser, Report Claims

Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 03:25:40 in Religion

“Let him who is without sin cast the first scone”

opensourceRevolutionary on Mar 25, 2013 at 11:02:15

“Scones? Hell yeah lemme call up my pagan buddy and we can cast some breakfast!”
Steven Simpson, Gay British Teen, Dies After Being Set On Fire At Birthday Party

Steven Simpson, Gay British Teen, Dies After Being Set On Fire At Birthday Party

Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 02:08:18 in Gay Voices

“Horrible horrible horrible. A few months for lighting a boy on fire?”
Jacob Rudolph, Teen Who Came Out In Awards Speech, On Why He Identifies As LGBT

Jacob Rudolph, Teen Who Came Out In Awards Speech, On Why He Identifies As LGBT

Commented Jan 27, 2013 at 22:59:15 in Gay Voices

“Well, he may eventually decide where he fits on the spectrum of human sexuality. What would be the long version of the acronym with the extra things he added in the video?”
Jesus' Crucifixion Date Possibly Friday April 3, 33 A.D., According To Earthquake Study

Jesus' Crucifixion Date Possibly Friday April 3, 33 A.D., According To Earthquake Study

Commented Jan 27, 2013 at 22:39:10 in Religion

“Your comments are thoughtful. I think I would like you very much. But I see little evidence that religion is dying or ever will die. Perhaps the current monotheistic religions will die off in time. I don't know.”

Loki Laufeyson on Feb 5, 2013 at 13:09:57

“Thank you for your kind words.  I'm afraid that you might be right.  Even if those religions requiring a deity were to disappear, I suspect that they will be replaced by other belief systems such as socialism, capitalism, consumerism, what I call "rightsism"  (I have a right to ....), a whole range of belief systems in which one question is never asked: "What if I'm wrong?"”
Regis College, Catholic Institution, Offers Course On Atheism

Regis College, Catholic Institution, Offers Course On Atheism

Commented Jan 27, 2013 at 21:39:59 in Religion

“Amen brother them cathylics cant get it right. They dont thing science is part of relijun. anyone wjo reeds elaborate and studies woud noe that”
Jesus' Crucifixion Date Possibly Friday April 3, 33 A.D., According To Earthquake Study

Jesus' Crucifixion Date Possibly Friday April 3, 33 A.D., According To Earthquake Study

Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 02:47:12 in Religion

“You make it sound like every Christian carries around diseased blankets along with their rosary beads. There are public statements of Stalin in support of the Orthodox Church, too. But he killed at least 50 million. Very little is known about the Cathars. How many thousands of dead Jews, Catholic Poles, and Jehovah's Witnesses does it take to prove that there was nothing but enmity between Hitler and religion? It is true that religion is often used as an excuse for evil, but even the Devil can cite scripture for his purposes. Now, it is true that post-Christian Scandinavia is a pretty nice place to live or so I have heard. Religion has essentially ceased to exist there in the last 30 or so years. But it is more likely that other sociological factors are involved. Those societies had homogeneous populations, and benefited from extensive social welfare systems. There are no statistics to show that in the overall population of the world religion is dying out. In fact, South America is becoming more religious with the introduction of fundamentalism, Islam is on the brink of who knows what in North Africa, and even in China religion is growing. It is only in relatively small populations, that have low birth rates that atheism is growing. I doubt you ar going to convince the many men and women in the world whose lives are dark and filled with despair to give up the one thing that brings them comfort.”

Loki Laufeyson on Jun 10, 2012 at 12:51:27

“Re: your last sentence - obviously not. However, at some point we have to go beyond seeking comfort and try to overcome the travails in our lives. To do so, one must deal with reality not illusion.”

Loki Laufeyson on Jun 7, 2012 at 10:25:38

“Religion may give people comfort but is comfort based on an illusion really a good thing? I would rather face reality with all its travails then pull a blanket over my head and tell myself that god will make it all right. Religion is based on atavistic evolutionary programming that at one point served a useful purpose in binding small groups of protohumans and thus better enable their capacity for survival. Social evolution and the growth of civilisation cemented the belief in deities as a means of giving meaning to an indifferent and seemingly arbitrary universe. We now have science and knowledge which are working to explain that seeming arbitrariness. However, the universe remains uncaring and indifferent and invoking some omnipotent/omniscient/omni-everything to give that universe meaning will not change it. We are born, we live, we die - there is no reliable evidence to the contrary and you know what? I have no problem with that. My life has meaning because I give it meaning - no invisible sky bully required.”
Jesus' Crucifixion Date Possibly Friday April 3, 33 A.D., According To Earthquake Study

Jesus' Crucifixion Date Possibly Friday April 3, 33 A.D., According To Earthquake Study

Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 04:01:51 in Religion

“I think if you did a close historical analysis of the witch burnings, you would find that most of them occurred when religion and the social order was breaking down in Europe and that a reasonable approximation of the number of actual cases is much, much smaller than Auschwitz and so forth. Hitler also came about when the social order was unstable, which had nothing to do with religion, except the absence of it. Most Native Americans were killed by disease and actually slavery of Indians was outlawed by the Catholic Church, which certainly saved many of them. I suggest you read The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and you will see that human beings stumble through time seeking the truth, regardless of what they believe in. A deep and thoughtful consideration of Christianity or Buddhism would help you realize that violence and abuse are deeply sinful and profound expressions of the rejection of God.”

Loki Laufeyson on Jun 6, 2012 at 14:44:39

“It would take me more space (and time) than I have to rebut your points but I will try to make it simple. There are some 123 religious wars recognized by historians, usually between religions that preach peace. The Catholic oppression of the Cathars, the Huguenots, the Albigensians, Jews and many more; the Sunni/Shite schism, the 30 Years War, the current Nigerian conflict, the India/Pakistani conflicts, the Islamic conquest of North Africa and parts of Europe, the Crusades, etc., etc. There are many quotes from Hitler about how he was doing God's work (Germany was in difficulty because of the onerous demands of the Treaty of Versailles, nothing to do with the lack of religion). Native Americans were decimated by disease because they were deliberately given diseased blankets by good, Christian, Europeans.

Religion serves no true useful purpose and the sooner we are rid of it, the better. There is no such thing as "sin" - merely people being jdugemental and/or envious of others.”
Jesus' Crucifixion Date Possibly Friday April 3, 33 A.D., According To Earthquake Study

Jesus' Crucifixion Date Possibly Friday April 3, 33 A.D., According To Earthquake Study

Commented May 29, 2012 at 23:50:15 in Religion

“Tell that to the man who ate the other man's face. Reason and Science were the anthems of the French Revolution, right before they invented the Guillotine. Human beings need some kind of spiritual system to guide them.”

Loki Laufeyson on Jun 2, 2012 at 14:30:04

“And burning witches at the stake? The result of science and reason? Tomas de Torquemada? A dedicated scientist? The genocide of America's First Peoples? Eminently logical? And good ol' "Gott mit uns" Hitler? Spirituality is a result of biological and social evolution - nothing to do with invisible sky bullies.”

BlueIndependent on May 31, 2012 at 10:43:35

“The face eater was hallucinating on bath salts, something science was able to tell us. If religion ruled the day more than it does now, we would have been told he was possessed by Satan, or some such other nonsense that would leave us powerless to understand anything.

Science gave a logical, reasoned answer; religion wouldn't have had anything worthwhile to say, and would have muddied the issue.

As for the French Revolution, I'll see your guillotine and raise you burnings alive at the stake, witch hunts, purity tests, etc. Human are constantly told they need spiritual guides; they are rarely given the tools to discover they have power over these misplaced emotions. I don't need a spiritual guide, let alone any you're selling.”
Magdalene Laundries: Ireland Oversaw Abusive Catholic Asylums, Report Says

Magdalene Laundries: Ireland Oversaw Abusive Catholic Asylums, Report Says

Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 21:51:02 in Religion

“Read the report and then decide, let's be fair.”

JohnnyKay on Feb 8, 2013 at 12:37:10

“Present a "fair" report first.”
The Time I Called Pope Benedict 'the Devil' to His Face

The Time I Called Pope Benedict 'the Devil' to His Face

Commented Jan 27, 2013 at 22:18:41 in Gay Voices

“I should add also that I experienced the same thing in Catholic grade school. I ask myself should I forgive the nun who humiliated me and encouraged the other children to mock and abuse me? And she called herself a "Franciscan." She was really just another child abuser.”
The Time I Called Pope Benedict 'the Devil' to His Face

The Time I Called Pope Benedict 'the Devil' to His Face

Commented Jan 27, 2013 at 22:00:26 in Gay Voices

“I just want to add that those boys who persecuted you were anything but Catholic/Christian. I think you know what Jesus would have said to them. That you were reviled and abused actually brought you closer to the experience of Christ on earth than any of those who harmed you will ever know. And the administration that did nothing showed its true hypocrisy in refusing to help you.”

JuLeah Willson on Jan 28, 2013 at 09:16:32

“Yes, a true christian would not go after someone like that. But many people think they have full permission of the church to make an exception for ... What are they to think when they see churches with picket signs 'God hates fags'”

P Ruper on Jan 27, 2013 at 22:18:41

“I should add also that I experienced the same thing in Catholic grade school. I ask myself should I forgive the nun who humiliated me and encouraged the other children to mock and abuse me? And she called herself a "Franciscan." She was really just another child abuser.”
Sexless Marriage: When Sex Ends at 'I Do'

Sexless Marriage: When Sex Ends at 'I Do'

Commented Dec 31, 2012 at 15:13:35 in Divorce

“That sounds the opposite of the positive traits you cited. Well, take care, I hope you find the right person and don't be hard on yourself.”
Sexless Marriage: When Sex Ends at 'I Do'

Sexless Marriage: When Sex Ends at 'I Do'

Commented Dec 30, 2012 at 21:33:25 in Divorce

“Wow, I would do anything to find someone who is generous, helpful, grateful, respectful, tender and attentive”

hp blogger Cathy Meyer on Dec 30, 2012 at 22:37:05

“Add to that list dismissive, emotionally unavailable, degrading, dishonest and arrogant and you won't be so happy with what you end up with. When the fog clears and you get honest with yourself about what you've got, the bad will far outweigh the good.”
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Vatican: Vatican't! (Newsflash to Rome From Joan of Arc)

Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 04:08:10 in Religion

“Joan of Arc was a very pious girl, who is a poor choice as a model for your essay. The Church made her a saint. I doubt you will find many nuns as obedient as her..”
Christoph Schoenborn, Austrian Cardinal, OKs Gay Man For Parish Council

Christoph Schoenborn, Austrian Cardinal, OKs Gay Man For Parish Council

Commented May 4, 2012 at 21:16:42 in Religion

“I agree, it is wrong to live in ignorance of the truth such as believing that the RCC teaches that you do not have to reject "works of the flesh" or that the teachings of the magisterium are superior to the Gospel; any such person is an ignoramus. I agree.”
Did Padre Pio Fake His Stigmata Wounds?

Did Padre Pio Fake His Stigmata Wounds?

Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 14:29:03 in Home

“Orthodox Catholic Theology referenced above is incorrect”