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Guest Opinion: Sweet XVI. What Does the Reaction to Pope Benedicts Christmas Message Reveal? Comments

"Rant!" "Hateful!" "Outrageous!" These were some of the milder expletives cast at the Pope-the ones we didn't have to delete. This storm of abuse arose because of a papal statement extolling marriage and the natural family. The Pope is saying that our natures are given us by a gracious God. That God loves us. These natures are not socially constructed nor subject to our own will. Male and female, God creates us. Is that what the shouters think ... Continue Reading

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  1. judy claar
    2 years ago

    Yes! Our Pope IS doing is job, as you all note...and I am so glad to see it! Jesus tells us if we truly love him, we shall be hated by others. I also liked the post that said in essence, that we do not have a trendy religion. And yes, we are made of saints and sinners. Blessings to all...

  2. Gabriella
    2 years ago

    There is a statement in the Bible..."by their fruits you know them..." - self explanatory.

  3. Francis
    2 years ago

    I am not surprised at all, at these disparaging responses to the Pope's message. In fact I would have been surprised if He was not attacked. Christ made it clear in John chapter 15 that the world would hate us just as it hated Him. We shall continue to pray for the Church and the Holy Father.

  4. celeste
    2 years ago

    Those who speak the truth in the hard matters have a greater love for the souls of men than those who keep silent yet know the truth and its founder. May God help us all stand for what is good and acceptable in His sight that we not be judged along with those who practice that which destroys the essence of the soul. May anyone who judges us as unloving come to Christ and be delivered from the error of their ways. May they experience the love of Christ and like the rest of us sinners be changed in the desires of our hearts.

  5. RE McGuire
    2 years ago

    While I remain a Protestant, I agree with the Pope on this. I am disappointed that so many so many Roman Catholics voted for our current president who is the first President to openly support so called "same sex" marriage and a champion for abortion on demand. Christians need to speak out with one voice and mobilize on behalf of the family and the unborn. Until we have unity on these issues, we will continue to watch the underpinnings of our freedoms erode until we are policed by those who espouse tolerance.

  6. Proteios1
    2 years ago

    How dare we Catholics be permitted to think things different than every bigoted gay activist trying to suppress our thoughts, words, faith, etc.
    Has the world not noticed that we Catholics don't change for every fad or whim. If we did our faith would look like..the episcopalians.

  7. gfgrosek
    2 years ago

    Bob and Ken like to stir the pot. There is no reason to compare the Declaration of Independence and the teaching of the Catholic Church. What our man-made government does matters not----what our secular society does matters not---there is only salvation through God. The Pope must lead.

  8. Karin Isbell
    2 years ago

    Ours is a broken world, as homosexuals, lesbians, other bestialities and the baby-killer organization Planned Parenthood and its supporters attest. However God and His only begotten Son are in command, as future events will show. Our mandate is to trust in and glorify God and Jesus and His Kingdom despite the hateful animals of this world, who call themselves human beings...

  9. lourdes berrig
    2 years ago

    It is unfortunate that Pope Benedict is being maligned for speaking and expressing his clear beliefs and conviction.Nowadays, it seems if you go against the mainstream thinking, one is "labelled" all sorts of things. Why can't we have a decent conversation and respect each others viewpoints. I love this pope and pray that he will continue to speak about the sanctity of family life between a man and a woman.

  10. Lenny
    2 years ago

    DarthJ - while I partially agree with your statement, where the Pope is doing a great job, I think the reaction towards him is not acceptable. It should not be acceptable to us as Catholics and it should not be acceptable to any Christians. The reason he is so viciously attacked is because he is speaking the truth, and to those who want to blur and eventually get rid of the truth the Popes message is a huge problem. It is a huge problem because he's opening people's eyes to think differently and re-evaluate the very meaning of life and what it means to be brought into this world. We (Catholics expecially) need to protect that message and the dignity of the Holy Father at all costs. If he's met with a backlash, then let's react back to that and firmly hold our position. The Holy Father is not speaking to Catholics alone, he's speaking to the world. His message WILL prevail. The distractors will achieve absolutely nothing. Cheers.

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