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The pope makes news in the Mideast, but even more winging his way back to the Vatican . . . on victims of abuse, priestly celibacy, you name it.

Categories: Beliefs

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)

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  1. “Celibacy is not dogma” – Pope Francis.

    This is nonsense, of course. In order to have sex one must be married. But marriage is not allowed for priests so…there’s your dogma.

    This Pope is all smoke and mirrors.

    • Oi vey. You are very mixed up. The imposition of celibacy on Catholic priests is not dogma to Catholics. Celibacy was once a voluntary practice for Catholic priest, but then was administratively imposed on the priests to keep priest from leaving church property to their kids.

      The rule of celibacy could be lifted at any time and priests marry and therefore have sex, as married people. There are already married priests – some with kids – in the various Eastern branches of the Catholic church. These branches are united with the pope but not Roman Catholic and therefore subject to different administrative rules.

      Religion may or may not be a fraud, but you need to get you facts straight on what the pope said.

  2. Just a few of many of my favorite things
    WHICH ARE BANNED BY JESUS AND THE BIBLE:

    CHRISTMAS TREES – (Jeremiah 10:24)
    SHAVING – (Leviticus 19:27)
    CURSING – (Ephesians 5:4)
    Gossip – (Leviticus 19:16)
    Football on Saturdays (Exodus 20:8)
    Eating Lobster – (Leviticus 11:10)
    Eating Pork – (Leviticus 11:7)
    Cotton/Polyester – (Leviticus 19:19)
    Associating with women who are having their periods – (Leviticus 15:19-20)

    But in religion we can make things up as we go.
    The Pope can just decide it isn’t Dogma and everyone goes to Heaven!

    How can grown ups allow themselves to be talked to this way?
    And still call themselves free?

    • Jer 10:24Correct me, O LORD, but with justice; Not with Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing.
      This is against Christmas trees how?

      Exodus 20:8 – football and many other things – depends on your definition of “work”, no? That said, I force others to work on Sunday (or Saturday) when I shop those days.

      But let’s say you’re right on all these things. Plus a bunch you left out like no tattoos, no hitting people below the belt, slavery is good, don’t pray with “vain repetition” etc. There are really two commandments. The Law and the Prophets rest on those – Love the Lord Your God… and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.”

      In the end, the Bible is about Forgiveness and Love. If you’ve missed that among the bickering and divisiveness of us Christians, I cannot be more sorry.

    • Christ said taht the Sabbath (religious rules) are made for the benefit of humanity, not humanity made for rigid conformity to harmful religious rules. A;l the rules yo cite were thrown out form the beginning of Christianity. Unfortunately the Leviticus silliness about homosexuals has not yet been thrown out. But the rlue about killing adulterers, which you did not mention, was also thrown out and it was m,ore important than the blast at homosexuality.

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