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  • Colin Burke
    March 04, 2013 - 20:35

    Mr. Smith, I have read that when C.S. Lewis was an atheist he shared your difficulty: most of the thinkers whose writings seemed otherwise to reflect the world as it really was shared the Christian delusion. Dr. Lewis solved his difficulty by becoming a devout Anglican who was, incidentally, opposed to the notion, bruited before his death in 1969, that his church should ordain women. Are you familiar with his book 'Mere Christianity'? I suspect that you are not.

  • Doug Smith
    February 28, 2013 - 08:52

    Mr. Jackson, you are right, the new pope will not rock the boat. Trying to understand why anyone would believe in the Catholic religion or any religion for that matter is extremely difficult as many believers seem to be stable in so many other aspects of life, however, I think I have found the answer for the men. They seem to be afflicted with the cognitive disorder known as true-believer syndrome. As regards why women support the church I have not been able to come up with a reasonable explanation. Why women want to be a part of an organization that has consigned them to a second class status as part of the fundamental belief system is beyond explanation. It probably has something to do with the fact that women have historically been treated as chattel. It would be good to hear some Catholic women explain why they are part of the church. Doug Smith, GFW

  • Colin Burke
    February 28, 2013 - 07:42

    Absolutely, Mr. Jackson: Every man who aspires to be a boatbuilder would necessarily be far better employed in building rocking chairs capable of bearing only lightweights.

  • Bob Hannaford
    February 27, 2013 - 22:57

    The very fact that you felt the need to write this article indicates the Catholic Church is still very much alive and well.

  • RSJ
    February 27, 2013 - 19:28

    Wrong wrong wrong. The Catholic Church is always wrong. Their beliefs are old fashioned and superstitious and they’ll never modernize. They continually alienate their followers. All the innovative Catholic thinkers have been tossed out of the Church. The election of a Pope is nothing more than a cartoon comedy. I almost forgot there’s absolutely nothing positive to be said about the Catholic Church. But thanks to first class thought provoking commentary like this I am once again sustained in my ignorance and prejudice. How enlightening!

  • Ed Power
    February 27, 2013 - 08:48

    I'm quite sure that the Holy Spirit will guide the deliberations of the Conclave to a successful conclusion. A new 'Capo di tutti i Capi' will be selected to run the business, and the Pope and Cardinals will be able to get back to the core issues facing Mother Church - how to bury the sex abuse scandals, how to return the Catholic world to the 13th century, and how to preserve the wealth and privlege to which they have become accustomed. To paraphrase Mario Puzo's Godfather, "A man with a Bible can steal more money than a man with a gun".

    • Mr.U
      February 28, 2013 - 01:51

      Phew...good thing all RC dealings are legit & without sin here...lol Roman Catholic Religion is so bloodguilty.Like every other organized religion.Pomp & Ceremony and hiding scum.No matter how many public displays of veneration will not fool the ONE who will eventually clean up this sick world.