POPE RESIGNS – GOOD RIDDANCE

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Posted on 11th February 2013 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Let the Catholic Church public relations spin begin. This man isn’t resigning because of his age. He has been leading an institution that has been conducting a coverup on par with the Wall Street criminal banks. There is absolutely no difference. Powerful men seeking to retain their wealth, power and control have been covering up the crimes of priests who were fucking little boys for decades. The coverup continues today. This man knew about these crimes and did nothing. He did worse than nothing. He allowed predators to continue their evil deeds. He is as guilty as the perpetrators. He knows he is guilty. That is why he is resigning. Until the Catholic Church is purged of every Cardinal, Bishop and priest that was involved in this cover-up, it will be nothing but a corrupt institution of evil men. This man will have to answer before God for what he allowed to happen to children around the world. All of the apologists for the Catholic Church should be ashamed at their cowardice in allowing these men to continue as their leaders.  

Pope Benedict XVI Announces Resignation At End Of Month

 
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Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/11/2013 06:36 -0500

A stunning announcement to start the week from the Pope, who just a month ago was the first pontiff to enter twitter, and who just announced his resignation at the end of the month for “health reasons.” “I’m very shaken by this unexpected news,” outgoing Italian PM Mario Monti told reporters today on the sidelines of an event in Milan, as reported by Ansa. A Vatican spokesman confirms Pope Benedict XVI, who is 85 and was one of the oldest new popes when elected, is not resigning because of any difficulties in the papacy. And so Pope Benedict XVI, f/k/a/ Joseph Ratzinger, April 19, 2005 – February 28, 2013.

Full Papal resignation letter below.

Pope Benedict XVI on Monday said he plans on resigning the papal office on February 28th. Below please find his announcement.

Full text of Pope’s declaration

 
 

Dear Brothers,

 

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

 

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

 

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

 

BENEDICTUS PP XVI

72 Comments
  1. Eddie says:

    The Pope is resigning. Google’s Executive Chairman is selling 42% of his stock. Might be time to batten down the hatches.

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    11th February 2013 at 8:36 am

  2. Yojimbo says:

    Typical of the “Revolving Door” of Organized Religion. It goes like this:

    Pedophile -> Employee of Satan -> Catholic Authority Figure -> Pedophile ->Employee of Satan, etc.

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    11th February 2013 at 9:04 am

  3. efarmer says:

    Admin,

    Good work. You have a few more to go.

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    EF

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    11th February 2013 at 9:12 am

  4. flash says:

    We’ve had out first black POTUS and now I think it high time the Catholic church gets with the times and appoints a black pope.

    And, why not? Bill Clinton would be a great candidate.He could put the straight back in pedophilia ….although , I must admit he didn’t have much luck turning Hilliary.

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    11th February 2013 at 9:16 am

  5. jennypenny says:

    “Until the Catholic Church is purged of every Cardinal, Bishop and priest that was involved in this cover-up, it will be nothing but a corrupt institution of evil men.”

    The Catholic church is mostly comprised of decent people with a strong moral center. The millions of Catholics who live true to their faith shouldn’t be lumped in wholesale with any corrupt individuals who govern their faith.The actions of a few do not corrupt the rest of us or *our* religion.

    It is no different than the state of affairs in our own government these days. I wouldn’t state that the US is nothing but a “corrupt institution of evil men” based on the actions of our leaders. I am not ashamed to be an American even though the current leaders embarass and disgust me almost daily. In that same vein, I am not ashamed to be Catholic.

    I have as much power to change the leadership in the Church as I have to change the leadership in the country. Even when groups of people band together for change, the Obamachine has shown how difficult it can be to dislodge the powers that be. The same is true in any large organization, including the Catholic church.

    (As a long-time reader, I mean this comment with all due respect.)

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    11th February 2013 at 9:23 am

  6. james r sharp says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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    11th February 2013 at 9:27 am

  7. Administrator says:

    james r sharp

    NO EVIDENCE??????

    Give me a fucking break. You people disgust me.

    Truth means nothing to you apologists.

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    11th February 2013 at 9:28 am

  8. J.D. Jervis says:

    BAsed on what I’ve read on this page; this isn’t journalism by the wildest stretch of one’s imagination.
    It’s sites such as this which encourages low minded and ignorant people to continue their skewed world view.

    By the way; I’m not a catholic,…..I’m a practicing Jew! So don’t write this observation off to something a Catholic would write!

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    11th February 2013 at 9:30 am

  9. Administrator says:

    JD Jervis

    Are you actually arguing that the heirarchy of the Catholic Church has not covered up the FUCKING of little boys over decades by priests in the Catholic Church? REALLY????

    The trial in Philadelphia uncovered massive amounts of documentation implicating Cardinal Kroll and Cardinal Bevaloqua in an ongoing coverup. Documents were destroyed to keep the secrets. Priests were transferred from parish to parish after these evil fucks destroyed the lives of little boys.

    I’m a Catholic who spent 12 years in Catholic Schools. This has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with evil men doing evil acts.

    Only low minded ignorant douchebags like yourself don’t have the courage to confront the evil right before your fucking face.

    Trot our your usual drivel to excuse the rampant criminality of the Catholic Church heirarchy.

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    11th February 2013 at 9:40 am

  10. Baltimore_Buch says:

    After a few weeks of reflection he just couldn’t handle the shame of what Alabama did to them in the National Championship game.

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    11th February 2013 at 9:43 am

  11. Administrator says:

    It looks like the Catholic apologists are out in force.

    Make a counter argument you cowardly wilfully ignorant non thinking worshippers of men.

    The heirarchy of the Catholic Church are MEN. They are men who are attempting to preserve their power and wealth by paying off families of victims for their silence and using the court system to evade the truth.

    You call yourselves worshippers of Christ and turn a blind eye to evil. Truly disgusting. You worship an institution.

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    11th February 2013 at 9:44 am

  12. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    @flash

    “Bill Clinton would be a great candidate.He could put the straight back in pedophilia ….although , I must admit he didn’t have much luck turning Hilliary.”

    Do you honestly think those two ever had sex?

    @james r sharp – My mother’s side of the family was devoutly Catholic until the 90s. It came to light that their Catholic School/Church had been run by a pedophile, who had been violating children for decades….among them some of my more distant 2nd/3rd cousins.

    Anyways, he was given a slap on the wrist, and then transferred to another church group to become their nightmare.

    I’m sorry, but that is just ONE chapter in a story that covers the globe. The Church covers up what is embarrassing, but does absolutely nothing to help the victims.

    Frankly I think the whole establishment should be burned at the stake.

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    11th February 2013 at 9:48 am

  13. Administrator says:

    jennypenny

    Who lumped all Catholics into the corrupt? Not me.

    I have consistently addressed my ire at the evil men at the top of the Catholic Church. They are in control and continue to coverup the abuse of little children. Any Cardinal, Bishop or Priest that knew about a child being abused and did nothing is as guilty as the abuser. They all need to be thrown in jail. If the church does not turn in all the criminals, they will continue to be a criminal organization.

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    11th February 2013 at 9:49 am

  14. AztecAbe says:

    The pope is the most insignificant form of Christianity that there has ever been unleashed upon the GOD fearing & GOD loving people in the world. It is never mentioned in the Bible for any such church to be called ‘catholic’. It is a crooked & scandalous institution created by the war mongering, bloodthirsty savages, inhuman bestial torturers, ‘the Romans’. They were responsible, alongside the Jewish high priests, in the crucifixion and death of our Holiest of Holys Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. The pagan Romans initiated this false institution when appeared hopeless for them to control the masses, consisting of Christian slaves, began to voice their hatred against their deranged Roman masters. Prior to Romes acceptance of the Church they were outright going after Christians to murder and silence them. They went as far as to stage mock battles in the colosseum in which Christians were murdered by their roman persecutors and killed by wild animals also. Even when the Carholic church was formed they had also gone after the Christians because they preached the righteous truth to all believers.The popes had written death warrants against the righteous Christians.The history of the corrupt Catholic church has continued to this day with the Romans favorite past time of the men having sex with young boys and girls, molesting and raping them all. Mountains of evidence continues to grow as each day passes of Catholic priests heavily involved in this sick atmosphere of molesting children, mostly young boys, and raping them and in some cases bringing death upon these helpless children. All this was covered up by the bishops and cardinals and the popes also. They merely circulated these perverted monsters so they could continue to prey amongst many other children. Many Nuns were also involved in this satanic behavior by remaining silent as the children cried suffered and died. May GOD have mercy upon their souls. AztecAbe

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    11th February 2013 at 9:56 am

  15. OF says:

    I sent him your quote of the day last night…

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    11th February 2013 at 9:57 am

  16. Administrator says:

    Pope Benedict XVI failed to act over complaints during the 1990s about a priest in the US who is thought to have abused some 200 deaf boys, victims say.

    As head of the Vatican office dealing with sex abuses, the then Cardinal Ratzinger allegedly did not respond to letters from an archbishop on the case.

    A Church trial of the priest was halted after he wrote to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger pleading ill health.

    The Vatican newspaper said the claims were an “ignoble” smear attempt.

    The Holy See has been plagued in recent months by abuse cover-up claims in Europe, echoing a similar scandal that hit the Church in the US eight years ago.

    The Pope’s spokesman defended Benedict, saying the Vatican department which the future pontiff was in charge of had not been informed of these latest allegations until 1996 – 20 years after the priest’s victims first informed the police.

    But the Vatican’s rather lame excuse for lack of any action is that canon law, as Church law is called, “does not envision automatic penalties”.

    The Catholic Church teaches that paedophilia is a grave sin, but the evidence is that accused priests were usually moved to another parish rather than punished.

    While the Pope is now promoting a policy of zero tolerance to clerical abuse, the suspicion remains that for many years he failed to react to the damning evidence which arrived on his desk.
    Pressure grows on Pope

    For more than 20 years before he was made pontiff, Cardinal Ratzinger led the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith – the Vatican office with responsibility, among other issues, for response to some child abuse cases.

    An archbishop wrote letters in 1996 to the Vatican watchdog led by Cardinal Ratzinger calling for disciplinary proceedings against Fr Lawrence Murphy, according to Church and Vatican documents.

    Fr Murphy was a popular priest who is believed to have molested some 200 boys at St John’s School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin, between 1950 and 1974.

    A canonical trial authorised by Cardinal Ratzinger’s deputy was halted after Fr Murphy wrote to the future pope asking that proceedings be stopped, despite objections from a second archbishop.

    The accused priest said in the letter that he was ill and wanted to live out the remainder of his time in the “dignity of my priesthood”.

    Victims say Fr Murphy – who died in 1998 – assaulted boys while hearing their confessions, in his office, his car, at his mother’s house and in their dormitory beds.

    He was quietly moved to the Diocese of Superior in northern Wisconsin in 1974, where he spent his last 24 years working freely with children in parishes and schools, according to one lawsuit.

    Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of five men alleging the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in Wisconsin did not take sufficient action against the priest.

    ‘Fall on the sword’

    At a news conference on Thursday in Milwaukee, one of the victims, Arthur Budzinski, said Fr Murphy had begun to assault him when he was 12.

    Neither the clerical authorities, nor the police had intervened when he reported it, the 61-year-old said.

    Mr Budzinski was asked through a sign language interpreter what he wanted to see happen now.

    “Ratzinger can have all of the colonels and lieutenants they want fall on the sword for him, but eventually he has to ‘fess up,” the interpreter said.

    Meanwhile, members of a group of clerical abuse victims who denounced Benedict’s handling of the case in a news conference outside the Vatican were briefly detained by Italian police for not having a permit.

    ‘Despicable intention’

    The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said there was no cover-up, denouncing the allegations as “clearly an ignoble attempt to strike at Pope Benedict and his closest aides at any cost”.

    The Pope’s official spokesman, Federico Lombardi, called it a “tragic case”, but said there was no provision in Church law for automatic punishment.

    Fr Lawrence Murphy died in 1998 with no official blemish on his record
    He noted that police did investigate the allegations at the time but did not press charges.

    The papal spokesman said the Murphy case had only reached the Vatican in 1996 – two decades after the Milwaukee diocese first learned of the allegations and two years before the priest died.

    The diocese was asked to take action by “restricting Father Murphy’s public ministry and requiring that Father Murphy accept full responsibility for the gravity of his acts”, he added.

    Last week the Pope issued an unprecedented letter to Ireland addressing the 16 years of clerical cover-up scandals.

    He has yet to comment on his handling of a child sex abuse case involving a German priest, which developed while Benedict was overseeing the Munich archdiocese.

    The Rev Peter Hullermann had been accused of abusing boys when the now Pope approved his 1980 transfer to Munich to receive psychological treatment for paedophilia.

    The disgraced priest was convicted in 1986 of abusing a youth, but stayed within the Church for another two decades.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:00 am

  17. sangell says:

    Yeah, I think Chelsea Clinton’s red hair is pretty solid evidence her father was the turkey baster the Rodhamster used to impregnate herself with.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:00 am

  18. beast rudolpho says:

    go ahead & have at it everyone. things will really get ugly should the next pope be petrus romanus.

    b.r.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:06 am

  19. Woody James says:

    I am not a catholic hater. At age 12 I was an alter boy and my family were practicing Catholics. I personally am no longer a catholic as I find their policies offensive. However, if you want to be a catholic, I respect that.
    The pope, cardinals, archbishops and bishops have and still are enabling the sexually abusive priests to be shielded and continue their sexual abuse of young boys, my youngest brother and I were both abused by a monsignor.
    The enablers need to be tried in Federal court and if convicted sent to prison, not the country club prisons, but the hard time prisons.
    The cover up is most appalling, stonewalling, destruction of evidence, redacted names from files and the list goes on.
    The Pope retires and will be replaced by another pope who will continue the destructive policies that are in place. How disgusting.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:11 am

  20. OF says:

    What many observers have not realized, yet, is that Benedikt just modernized ancient church policy with good example and set a line where a pope should resign nowadays… at the same time de-sensationalizing the act of resigning of a pope…

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    11th February 2013 at 10:17 am

  21. idiot proof says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:21 am

  22. dilligaf says:

    idiot proof, obviously is not.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:23 am

  23. jennypenny says:

    @Admin

    When you refer to the “Catholic Church” as being a “corrupt institution of evil men,” you lump all Catholics in with your statement. If you were only referring to the leadership of the Catholic church, then we are just arguing semantics. I would not have felt the need to comment.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:28 am

  24. Administrator says:

    jennypenny

    The Catholic Church is an institution. Believing in Jesus Christ is completely different. Institutions run by human beings are prone to all of the evil that happens in all huge institutions.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:32 am

  25. Administrator says:

    proof of being an idiot

    This has nothing to do with pedophilia. It has to do with covering up crimes for decades and continuing to cover up crimes. Learn how to think.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:33 am

  26. Administrator says:

    For all of you Catholic apologists, read this grand jury testimony of Billy, and tell me about truth and justice.

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=12702

    You cowards don’t have the guts to read the truth.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:35 am

  27. ThePessimisticChemist says:

    @jp –

    “corrupt institution of evil men” about sums it up.

    Its corrupt. Its an institution. Its ran by men, evil ones by most measures of good and evil.

    Even if they weren’t the perpetrators, then they were covering it up, or ignoring it.

    At best those bastards are like Jerry Sandusky’s wife, ignoring the rape around them, and even helping to lure new victims in. At worst? Who knows, because they have an institution covering things up for them, unlike the aforementioned pedophile.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:38 am

  28. Administrator says:

    Since I’ve got the attention of all you Catholic Church apologists, I’ll direct you to my previous articles about the evilness of the Catholic Church heirarchy. ENJOY.

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=10959

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=12689

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=16265

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=19506

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=34317

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    11th February 2013 at 10:44 am

  29. jennypenny says:

    @Admin
    I am not just a Christian (I agree faith is different). I am a Catholic. It is an institution, yes, but one I believe in and support despite the corruption that is prevalent huge institutions as you pointed out. That doesn’t mean I condone what’s happened, and I’m appalled by the continued attempts by the church to hide the perpetrators and conspirators. I wish for justice for those harmed and a purging of all evil-doers from the church. But despite all of that, I still stand to be counted among the Catholics and refuse to abandon my church and faith to the corruption within it.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:48 am

  30. Administrator says:

    There is no need to abandon one’s faith, but you do not have to support the institution that continues to hide criminals. I still believe in God, but I no longer support the institution.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:52 am

  31. dilligaf says:

    1 timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

    what part of ONE do catholics not understand?

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    11th February 2013 at 10:56 am

  32. Hollow man says:

    Somehow someway the cult of lies decietand crime must be broken. Form your own church seek God youself and stop letting crooks show you how they want it done. The people who broke moral standards in any society and ruined lives should be in prison, all of them. Those who cover it up are just as guilty.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:57 am

  33. fool on the hill says:

    JUST FOR THE RECORD:

    In 1956 two of us were molested at a Catholic Prep School in Danvers Mass.

    The other guy is now a lawyer who lives in Hawaii.

    This event took place just before Christmas break.

    When we complained we were referred to the chaplain who insisted we take the sacrament of confession.

    What would a thirteen frightened year old victim have to confess???

    When we returned after Christmas. the perv Ah perp was gone.

    They transferred him to Xavier High in Brooklyn.

    Several years ago I put the matter to the Archdiocese of Boston and really got the runaround .

    Was referred to a couple of bishops who were said to be in charge of these matters.

    I was NEVER able to talk with them despite many attempts on my part.

    Just ran up my phone bill.

    Went to my class reunion (50th) and did get some action when I contacted the alumni office to stop requests for donations.

    The secretary asked me why and I laid it on her.

    BINGO!! I got a letter from the headmaster a short time later.

    They even sent a guy up from Baltimore to apologize.

    I picked him up at the airport, bought him lunch and we enjoyed a couple of my favorite foliage vistas.

    I made the point that this episode had no lasting effect on my ability to live an exceptionally rewarding life and that a simple apology by phone would had been satisfactory in the first place.

    Confession always reminds me of the story……….”.Santa is happy because he knows where the bad girls live.”

    Knowing who is doing what to whom must really cut down on lounge expenses.

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    11th February 2013 at 10:59 am

  34. DaveL says:

    No coincidence that this announcement fits hand in glove with the State of the Union speech on Thursday.

    POPE BARACK I.

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    11th February 2013 at 11:12 am

  35. DaveL says:

    Edit my comment above to Tuesday. Thursday is when Obama comes to breakfast with a heart on.

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    11th February 2013 at 11:17 am

  36. Olga says:

    Interesting.

    And coming on the heels of the HBO movie, Mea Culpa

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mea_Maxima_Culpa:_Silence_in_the_House_of_God

    (Olga – Recovering Catholic)

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    11th February 2013 at 11:23 am

  37. nonner says:

    on the now remote chance that roger mahoney will be elected pope, would the same pope be required to testify in person against people he allegedly protected?

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    11th February 2013 at 11:49 am

  38. Eddie says:

    I look on pedophilia as a particularly heinous crime. Stealing the innocence of a child is right up there with torture and murder in my book. I am wondering what the Law of Karma holds for someone who uses his religious authority to hurt little boys. Perhaps a hundred lifetimes as a dog born to be kicked around by a cruel psychopath would be appropriate, but I’m just guessing.

    I’m not a Catholic, but almost anyone of European descent in this country has ties to the Church. All our Christian faiths are offshoots of it, and it pervades our culture in a thousand ways. Our language is full of its references, and the Bible as we know it was hashed together and then heavily edited by the Church way before this country was even founded.

    So we all are stakeholders in this matter. Not only do the criminals need to be punished, but also we need to recognize the roots of the problem and do things to prevent it from happening in the future.

    The Pope is a really old man. No doubt his health is very frail. But my guess is that he realizes, at least, that he is more a part of the problem than he should have been, and that finding the solution should fall on someone who isn’t tainted by the crimes.

    If there is such a person in the Catholic hierarchy.

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    11th February 2013 at 11:51 am

  39. Sandy greeley says:

    Good riddance????????????? That is total blasphemy. He has brought back a reverence for the word of God.

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    11th February 2013 at 11:56 am

  40. flash says:

    ThePessimisticChemist says:

    @flash

    “Bill Clinton would be a great candidate.He could put the straight back in pedophilia ….although , I must admit he didn’t have much luck turning Hilliary.”

    Do you honestly think those two ever had sex?

    At the risk of having the mental image of a copulating Hag and a slick Willie. I have to answer yes,at least once.

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    11th February 2013 at 11:57 am

  41. Baltimore_Buch says:

    Maybe this is the reason why Ray Lewis hasn’t ascended directly into heaven……….yet.

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    11th February 2013 at 12:10 pm

  42. Administrator says:

    Sandy greeley

    You’re a non-thinking wilfully ignorant moron. He’s a criminal.

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    11th February 2013 at 12:24 pm

  43. Administrator says:

    COMMENT FROM KaD ON ANOTHER THREAD THAT SAYS IT ALL

    Yes, the first pope in over 600 years to resign for ‘health reasons’. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/11/pope-benedict-xvi-to-resi_n_2660670.html
    Right. I think this commentary nails it:

    The first Pope in 600 years to resign…hmm, wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that he personally oversaw the cover-up of all the child sex abuse scandals in the last quarter century, would it? How about the fact that HBO is running an expose documenting the many crimes of the Catholic Church, and this Pope in particular, and that he has nowhere left to hide?

    According to a review in the L.A. Times, filmmaker “…Gibney takes great pains to point out that every sex abuse case, including Murphy’s, went directly to the office of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981 until 2005 and now Pope Benedict XVI. Yet year after year, known pedophiles such as Murphy were allowed to remain free and to remain priests, often in parishes where they had access to children. It was only after Kouhut and other victims filed a civil suit against the Vatican, that the church was forced to release documents making it clear that in many cases officials knew about the abuse and refused to act.”

    Now then…where are the handcuffs? IMHO, the upper echelon of the Catholic Church should be brought up on RICO charges for conspiring to sexually abuse thousands of children in the U.S. (and abroad), as well as be charged for conspiracy to obstruct justice.

    Yes, I am saying it – this particular Pope belongs in prison for his direct involvement in facilitating the sexual abuse of thousands of children around the globe.

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    11th February 2013 at 12:25 pm

  44. Administrator says:

    Eddie

    The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin is such a man who could lead the church out of this evil coverup.

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    11th February 2013 at 12:58 pm

  45. Yojimbo says:

    Why anyone would VOLUNTARILY reduce themselves to peasant status and let people rape their children is beyond me.

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    11th February 2013 at 1:11 pm

  46. brann says:

    maybe the ex-pope can get a job with the boy scouts—-he would fit in well.

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    11th February 2013 at 1:16 pm

  47. Yojimbo says:

    Maybe the Catholic Church should simply have everyone sign a liability waiver recognizing the fact that their male children will be anally raped. That would eliminate the lawsuits.

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    11th February 2013 at 1:21 pm

  48. AWD says:

    It’s amusing to watch Catholics fight with each other.

    The new Pope:

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    11th February 2013 at 1:42 pm

  49. A Child of God says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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    11th February 2013 at 1:48 pm

  50. Administrator says:

    A Child of God

    The warped reasoning of you people is breathtaking to behold. A child has not gone astray you asshole. Children were raped, fucked and abused by evil men for decades. Other evil men did nothing. These evil men RUN THE FUCKING INSTITUTION!!!!

    These men continue to coverup the truth and you use words like astray.

    What are you saying? Are you saying this is over? Let bygone be bygones? Was it just a minor procedural issue?

    You people are laughable in your utter ignorance.

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    11th February 2013 at 2:08 pm

  51. Thinker says:

    “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40

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    11th February 2013 at 2:15 pm

  52. harry p. says:

    i haven’t been around much because I am traveling for work but I finally got on and saw this post.

    I am absolutely disgusted with the apologists popping up here, personally I am no longer a “practicing” catholic, I went to catholic school for 10 years and between the sluttiest girls I have ever encountered (including college) and priests that proclaimed us all to be sinners while driving a bmw and wearing a rolex (that was a gift) I saw enough hypocrisy and backward ethics to last a lifetime. I have a relationship with God and it is on our terms, not per the decrees of some pedophile or pedophile accomplice/enabler.

    Wake the fuck up, the institution that is the Catholic Church is EVIL, just like any other institution that has attained a large amount of power and wealth.
    You are not the institution itself, the institution is the powerful men running it. Just like We The People aren’t really the government, the evil men and women in DC are. In both cases we are sheep that are to be fleeced on a regular basis and occasionally butchered for a meal.

    Priests, Cardinals and Popes don’t think they speak to God, they think they ARE God.

    Stop being a hybrid of lemmings and sheep.

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    11th February 2013 at 2:43 pm

  53. SAL says:

    figures….the latest documentary exposed more cover up by the church and ratzinger…….

    all of them should $%$#$ go…….

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    11th February 2013 at 3:45 pm

  54. Joacalifornia says:

    I am a serious Bible student. Some of my colleagues say I shouldn’t speak out here, but all you people need help. I don’t hate RCs. They are in bondage and need to be helped. I do hate the despicable, filthy RC church. Any official in its hierarchy should know the history of this church, and there’s absolutely no excuse before God for any of these people. One of the longer commentaries here described its sordid history well. Up until about 150 years ago, the RC church was even worse than it is today. “And I heard another voice from heaven say, ‘get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you don’t want to receive part of her plagues.”— Revelation 18:4. Don’t leave because of this church being against gay marriage or abortion. Those are the ONLY things they’ve got right. There are so many other reasons to leave, so many things this church has wrong, I don’t know where to begin. I’m sure it’s not easy for a parishoner to leave, with the family ties and all, but Jesus said that anyone not willing to leave their family, if that’s what it takes, is not worthy of him. “This means everlasting life, their taking in of knowledge of you, the only true God, and the one you sent forth, Jesus Christ.” — Jesus’ words from John 17:3. So Bible knowledge is extremely important. The fallible pronouncements of a human priest or pope is not going to get it. If you’ve noticed, the RC Church hates the Bible. Oh, they’ll give it lip service, but that’s all. Keep in mind that God doesn’t think the way you do. Any arrogant person eliminates themself, as they are blinded to the sense of all this. Enough for now.

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    11th February 2013 at 3:49 pm

  55. Mar says:

    In their zeal to preserve and protect their church, evil is covered up by the hierarchy, which is a cult-like brotherhood. Ordinary Catholics are not part of this, and have no power and very little say in the conduct of church matters, even when it comes to their own parish business. But they are responsible for their continuing to belong to such a church.
    When I learned of the horrors of church pedophiles, and their friends who moved them around to other parishes, I began questioning what kind of “all-powerful, all-merciful, all-loving god” would allow the consecrated hands of his own priests to do what they did, in some cases, INSIDE (North Attleboro, Mass.) his beloved churches. My conclusion? No god would ever ignore the prayers of little children in such circumstances, so there must be no god! What a relief to know that WE, and not some random being, are all responsible for the prosecution of the pedophiles and their enablers. And that, people, is what we should do. There should be no hiding place.

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    11th February 2013 at 4:21 pm

  56. Eddie says:

    Where’s Jeebus when we need him?

    JoaCalifornia

    There are plenty of child molesters in Christian Evangelical churches too. Many of them graduated from Bible College.

    What was it that Jesus is purported to have said in John 8:7 of that book you like to quote. (You know, the one you got from the Catholics?)

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    11th February 2013 at 4:26 pm

  57. flash says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwgTSC-stIM

    Catholic Church enslaved 30,000 Irish women in Magdalene …
    americablog.com/…/magdalen-laundries-catholic-ireland-irish-apolog…
    5 days ago – The women’s crimes were as small as not paying a train ticket. The Irish govt. just apologized for the Magdalene Laundries; the Catholic Church …

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    11th February 2013 at 4:50 pm

  58. llpoh says:

    You anti-pope folks are all wrong. I just heard a Cardinal sing the Pope’s praises, so it must be true. He said the Pope is a man of vision, a great humanitarian, a man of compassion, a man that has served and protected his flock for decades, is deserving of praise and adoration, and is taking this noble decision of resigning as he feels he cannot serve his flock in his frail condition, and is thus truly a man of the people.

    Seriously, can you believe that shit? The Catholic Church is rddled – and I mean fucking riddled – with low-life scum priests. They cannot acknowledge any wrong-doing by any of the priesthood. But boy, they sure know how to cast stones at folks using birth control or divorcees. But having sex with little boys doesn’t draw a mention, and is covered up when discovered.

    It is truly despicable. The entire priesthood should be defrocked, and a total restart to the Church is in order. The rot runs to deep to be excised.

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    11th February 2013 at 5:12 pm

  59. llpoh says:

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    11th February 2013 at 5:19 pm

  60. Yojimbo says:

    I nominate LLPOH to be the next Pope.

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    11th February 2013 at 5:22 pm

  61. llpoh says:

    Yo – I would indeed then defrock all priests and start over. Half-measures will not work.

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    11th February 2013 at 5:27 pm

  62. llpoh says:

    But I reallly would prefer to be annointed King. Wow, just think of all I could get done – fix education, stop the foreign wars, balance the budget, wipe out the FSA mentality, return adherence to the Constitution, etc.

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    11th February 2013 at 5:31 pm

  63. Anonymous says:

    The following by Christopher Hitchens:

    “On March 10, the chief exorcist of the Vatican, the Rev. Gabriele Amorth (who has held this demanding post for 25 years), was quoted as saying that “the Devil is at work inside the Vatican,” and that “when one speaks of ‘the smoke of Satan’ in the holy rooms, it is all true—including these latest stories of violence and pedophilia.” This can perhaps be taken as confirmation that something horrible has indeed been going on in the holy precincts, though most inquiries show it to have a perfectly good material explanation.

    Concerning the most recent revelations about the steady complicity of the Vatican in the ongoing—indeed endless—scandal of child rape, a few days later a spokesman for the Holy See made a concession in the guise of a denial. It was clear, said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, that an attempt was being made “to find elements to involve the Holy Father personally in issues of abuse.” He stupidly went on to say that “those efforts have failed.”

    He was wrong twice. In the first place, nobody has had to strive to find such evidence: It has surfaced, as it was bound to do. In the second place, this extension of the awful scandal to the topmost level of the Roman Catholic Church is a process that has only just begun. Yet it became in a sense inevitable when the College of Cardinals elected, as the vicar of Christ on Earth, the man chiefly responsible for the original cover-up. (One of the sanctified voters in that “election” was Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, a man who had already found the jurisdiction of Massachusetts a bit too warm for his liking.)

    There are two separate but related matters here: First, the individual responsibility of the pope in one instance of this moral nightmare and, second, his more general and institutional responsibility for the wider lawbreaking and for the shame and disgrace that goes with it. The first story is easily told, and it is not denied by anybody. In 1979, an 11-year-old German boy identified as Wilfried F. was taken on a vacation trip to the mountains by a priest. After that, he was administered alcohol, locked in his bedroom, stripped naked, and forced to suck the penis of his confessor. (Why do we limit ourselves to calling this sort of thing “abuse”?) The offending cleric was transferred from Essen to Munich for “therapy” by a decision of then-Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger, and assurances were given that he would no longer have children in his care. But it took no time for Ratzinger’s deputy, Vicar General Gerhard Gruber, to return him to “pastoral” work, where he soon enough resumed his career of sexual assault.

    It is, of course, claimed, and it will no doubt later be partially un-claimed, that Ratzinger himself knew nothing of this second outrage. I quote, here, from the Rev. Thomas Doyle, a former employee of the Vatican Embassy in Washington and an early critic of the Catholic Church’s sloth in responding to child-rape allegations. “Nonsense,” he says. “Pope Benedict is a micromanager. He’s the old style. Anything like that would necessarily have been brought to his attention. Tell the vicar general to find a better line. What he’s trying to do, obviously, is protect the pope.”

    This is common or garden stuff, very familiar to American and Australian and Irish Catholics whose children’s rape and torture, and the cover-up of same by the tactic of moving rapists and torturers from parish to parish, has been painstakingly and comprehensively exposed. It’s on a level with the recent belated admission by the pope’s brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, that while he knew nothing about sexual assault at the choir school he ran between 1964 and 1994, now that he remembers it, he is sorry for his practice of slapping the boys around.

    Very much more serious is the role of Joseph Ratzinger, before the church decided to make him supreme leader, in obstructing justice on a global scale. After his promotion to cardinal, he was put in charge of the so-called “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” (formerly known as the Inquisition). In 2001, Pope John Paul II placed this department in charge of the investigation of child rape and torture by Catholic priests. In May of that year, Ratzinger issued a confidential letter to every bishop. In it, he reminded them of the extreme gravity of a certain crime. But that crime was the reporting of the rape and torture. The accusations, intoned Ratzinger, were only treatable within the church’s own exclusive jurisdiction. Any sharing of the evidence with legal authorities or the press was utterly forbidden. Charges were to be investigated “in the most secretive way … restrained by a perpetual silence … and everyone … is to observe the strictest secret which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office … under the penalty of excommunication.” (My italics). Nobody has yet been excommunicated for the rape and torture of children, but exposing the offense could get you into serious trouble. And this is the church that warns us against moral relativism! (See, for more on this appalling document, two reports in the London Observer of April 24, 2005, by Jamie Doward.)

    Not content with shielding its own priests from the law, Ratzinger’s office even wrote its own private statute of limitations. The church’s jurisdiction, claimed Ratzinger, “begins to run from the day when the minor has completed the 18th year of age” and then lasts for 10 more years. Daniel Shea, the attorney for two victims who sued Ratzinger and a church in Texas, correctly describes that latter stipulation as an obstruction of justice. “You can’t investigate a case if you never find out about it. If you can manage to keep it secret for 18 years plus 10, the priest will get away with it.”

    The next item on this grisly docket will be the revival of the long-standing allegations against the Rev. Marcial Maciel, founder of the ultra-reactionary Legion of Christ, in which sexual assault seems to have been almost part of the liturgy. Senior ex-members of this secretive order found their complaints ignored and overridden by Ratzinger during the 1990s, if only because Father Maciel had been praised by the then-Pope John Paul II as an “efficacious guide to youth.” And now behold the harvest of this long campaign of obfuscation. The Roman Catholic Church is headed by a mediocre Bavarian bureaucrat once tasked with the concealment of the foulest iniquity, whose ineptitude in that job now shows him to us as a man personally and professionally responsible for enabling a filthy wave of crime. Ratzinger himself may be banal, but his whole career has the stench of evil—a clinging and systematic evil that is beyond the power of exorcism to dispel. What is needed is not medieval incantation but the application of justice—and speedily at that.”

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    11th February 2013 at 6:45 pm

  64. Jeebus, Son of God says:

    Why do you follow men, and not me?

    Why do you not listen to my words as I spoke them to Peter? ….

    “YOU YOURSELVES like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, TO BE A HOLY PRIESTHOOD to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

    And again,

    “But YOU ARE a chosen race,A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

    .
    But, instead you want to follow a man like the man below. A man who is not a man for he does not follow My Plan that men should marry. Instead, he masturbates daily, sometimes night and day, to the thoughts of little boys and women in his congregation. This is an abomination to Me, as it should be to you. He is destined for hellfire.

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    11th February 2013 at 6:54 pm

  65. Administrator says:

    “The relativism which is not willing to speak about truth but only about ‘what is true for me’ is an evasion of the serious business of living. It is the mark of a tragic loss of nerve in our contemporary culture. It is a preliminary symptom of death.”

    Lesslie Newbigin

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    11th February 2013 at 7:22 pm

  66. Chronic Agitator says:

    Get over it. There is no god nor gods. There are no saints. There are numerous sinners. All, yes, I fucking said ALL) preachers and priests are no more than con men and women brokering admittance to the heavens. You waste too much time with this religious shit. FYYFF

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    11th February 2013 at 8:33 pm

  67. fool on the hill says:

    If you shower with:

    A priest

    A bishop

    A cardinal

    A pope

    Ya better have

    Soap on a rope

    Burma Shave

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    11th February 2013 at 10:17 pm

  68. flash says:

    Chronic Agitator, who’re you trying to convince of a deep dark eternal void of nothingness? Maybe there’s a reason you wish it so?

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    11th February 2013 at 7:01 am

  69. flash says:

    Interesting prophecy from here:http://catholicknight.blogspot.com/p/catholic-prophecy.html

    ‘After the year 1900, toward the middle of the 20th century, the people of that time will become unrecognisable. When the time for the Advent of the Antichrist approaches, peoples minds will grow cloudy from carnal passions, and dishonour and lawlessness will grow stronger. Then the world will become unrecognisable. Peoples appearances will change, and it will be impossible to distinguish men from women due to there shamelessness in dress and style of hair. These people will be cruel and will be like wild animals because of the temptations of the Antichrist. There will be no respect for parents or elders, love will disappear, and Christian pastors, bishops, and priests will become vain men, completely failing to distinguish the right hand way from the left. At that time the morals and traditions of Christians and the Church will change. People will abandon modesty, and dissipation will reign. Falsehood and greed will attain great proportions, and woe to those who pile up treasures. Lust, adultery, homosexuality, secret deeds and murder will rule in society.

    — St. Nilus, 430 AD

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    11th February 2013 at 7:02 am

  70. scott huminski says:

    Catholic Church Torture case in U.S. Supreme Court

    Catholic torture of a political activist now before U.S. high court. Huminski v. Mercy Gilbert Mecical Center. Court papers reveal an unholy alliance between Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, Federal Judge Frederick Martone (both life-long Catholics) and a Catholic Church hospital network, Dignity Health, and their efforts to silence a critic of the racist sheriff with an attempted murder and torture at a Catholic hospital, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Gilbert, Arizona.
    Court papers are at,

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/122839590/Catholic-Church-Supreme-Court-Torture-Case

    Filing in the U.S. Supreme Court of a case, according to undisputed court papers, of torture of a critic of life-long Catholic Sheriff Joe Arpaio by the Catholic Church affiliated hospital network, Dignity Health. Undisputed allegations in court papers allege forced drugging, forced nudity, forced unnatural restraint, conduct akin to water-boarding, forced irradiation and assault & battery. Life-long catholic federal judge Frederick J. Martone, U.S. District Judge (Arizona), refused to enjoin the torture and dismissed the case. According to court papers, the video surveillance data at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Gilbert Arizona that captured the events was destroyed by the Catholic Church. Court papers allege a pattern and custom of conduct by the Catholic Church and Dignity Health to cover-up criminal conduct in a manner consistent with the church’s handling of child sex abuse cases.

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    11th February 2013 at 8:31 am

  71. Chronic Agitator says:

    Without pictures it didn’t happen and so with gods. (and demons)

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    11th February 2013 at 8:36 am

  72. Eddie says:

    “The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin is such a man who could lead the church out of this evil coverup.”

    It seems Cardinal Peter Turkson is already polishing his acceptance speech. Am I the only one who sees the parallels between the Democratic Party’s choice of Obama and the Church’s (probable) choice of Turkson? Perhaps if he is chosen he will get the Nobel, too.

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    11th February 2013 at 9:45 am

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