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benedict.gifSince the doctrine of Christian forgiveness and absolution is grounded in the concept of self-examination, open acknowledgement of one’s sins through confession, and repentance, one would think that the Church⎯of all places⎯would appreciate the value of unburdening itself of the effects of its transgressions by exposing them to the light of day.

But that flies directly in the face of another Church priority, which is self-preservation, a corollary being maintaining an image of infallibility. Ironically, it is this monolithic attitude that results in the self-infliction of far more damage from the steady drip of new revelations.

Whatever you think of the institution, as long as it resides in the custodianship of mortal men, it will reflect their mortal shortcomings, which appear to be legion.

When Jesus said to Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church,” it’s a safe bet to assume He wasn’t talking about stonewalling.

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CHAN
Holy Cow.! A "red meat" issue....and during Lent.! Tsk-Tsk..
As some may know,from my previous post,I'm a "Aptheist"(taken from the word,apathy...meaning I don't care about God, heaven,hell,Jesus.etc.etc,.But-I come from a family of "recovered" Catholic's. They allowed me to think for myself.
Have no idea how the "sheeple" can protect the "lamb's" in their flock from getting abused,but sweeping it under the holy rug isn't working.
Separate from that issue I always thought priest should be allowed to marry...A married priest would not only have to worry over souls,heaven,hell,etc,etc,. but a wife saying-"You didn't put your vestment's & rosary away,dear." Or- "My mother is going to come to visit for a few months."Followed by lots & lots of children to feed and care for.-Toy's to trip over,after a hard day at the altar..These demands would lead to other papal disputes-like birth control,abortion,infidelity.divorce,etc,etc,.
I say again--HOLY COW !


Still more proof that religion is a terrible terrible thing.


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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