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March 3, 2013

Protestants Wish Catholics Well In Pope Search To the Readers’ Forum: Hardly anybody could believe the news that Pope Benedict XVI had announced his retirement....

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Mar-04-13 12:48 PM

& as far as the condemned houses go...tear them all down. eyesores.

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Mar-04-13 12:46 PM

"Many adults in today's society are forced to support a family on these service sector jobs as they are the only jobs readily available to people who do not have a college degree and, obviously, not everyone can obtain a degree."

i totally disagree.

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Mar-03-13 9:47 PM

"The independent newspaper decried the "mismanagement" of the crisis and insisted that "the strategies employed so far -- taking the legal path, obscuring the truth, and doing everything possible to protect perpetrators as well as the church's reputation and treasury -- have failed miserably." A CBS News poll released on Friday showed more than two thirds of Americans think the pope has done a bad job in handling the crisis. His favorability rating among US Catholics has fallen to 27 percent from 40 percent in 2006."

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Mar-03-13 9:46 PM

" The pedophile priest crisis has cost the Roman Catholic church nearly $3 billion in the United States, but only a fraction of the perpetrators have been jailed and little been done to punish those who covered up the crimes. After years of painful revelations, massive payouts, soul searching and reforms, the child sex abuse scandal has spread across the globe and in recent weeks has struck the Church at its very core. Pope Benedict XVI, long celebrated for speaking out against abuse, is facing allegations that he helped protect predator priests when he was archbishop of Munich and later as the Vatican's chief morals enforcer. "We now face the largest institutional crisis in centuries, possibly in church history," the US-based National Catholic Reporter wrote in an editorial demanding "direct answers" from the Holy Father."

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Mar-03-13 9:42 PM

"Should such a one retire?" He has threatened to excommunicate anyone who reports to police incidents of child rape by priests. He has never excommunicated a pedophile priest even though he has reviewed hundreds of their case descriptions. The scandals have led to $2.2 billion in payments to victims in the U.S. alone. He should retire to a cell with bars.

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Mar-03-13 7:48 PM

Pastor Short could I challenge you to listen to Reasonable Doubts podcast #111 to hear a more balanced assessment of Joseph Ratzinger? When you learn how a convicted pedophile priest who wanted to be de-frocked was not removed from the church but moved to a new parish where he continued to rape children will your opinion of the pope emeritus change? You will also hear of the Catholic root of Humanism.

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Mar-03-13 5:56 PM

Mr McElrath keep living in your dreamland. I am sick and tired of seeing the price of goods go up every time someone feels the minimum wage needs to go up. When wages go up, quality of service starts going down, because then employers will be wanting us to be more productive. Wal Mart for example: they've stopped putting bags of groceries in carts for you, and won't even wait til you've started putting them in before moving onto the next consumer.

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Mar-03-13 3:25 PM

If you think that is name calling, you must have had a*****of a time in school. Imagine prison.

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Mar-03-13 3:08 PM

I was being kind.

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Mar-03-13 1:26 PM

oh, funny, but wait 50s...that statement is coming from the person who within the last 24 hours has said the following:

"Have you become totally senile Ali?"

"the four of you are petulant little pawns"

"lets make this clear enough for even you spoiled little dorks"

Aww, poor 50's. The one who claims to have a 'life' is the one here most often. With the most childish insults.

Nice try though. lol

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Mar-03-13 1:16 PM

There is disagreement..then there is just insults. You are the latter rocks.

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Mar-03-13 1:14 PM

Jazz This newspaper is a private enterprise. How do you figure it's paid for by everyone, and must go by your rules since you seem to think you speak for everyone? That's ridiculous.

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Mar-03-13 12:00 PM

Mr. McElrath, you seem to be advocating a command economy, like the Soviet Union. There seems to be a lot you don't understand. Point one is that contrary to what your instinct tells you, government is not populated by people like you who have the wisdom and virtue to make better decisions for all of us. And if it was and we gave it the power to do so, tomorrow it would be filled with very different people who had much less virtue and wisdom but no less power.

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Mar-03-13 10:37 AM

Oh, look, I find 50's here...the one who feels the need to tell us she 'has a life' yet is here barking at the heels of every comment she disagrees with. LOL. This should be fun to watch.

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Mar-03-13 9:54 AM

50s, there's a place for every thing. Just not a local newspaper who is paid for by everyone. They're a very conservative newspaper, only printing what THEY want, not what NEEDS to be printed. So big WHATEVER to you friend.

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Mar-03-13 6:52 AM

And there's the first of the fab five foaming at the mouth over the mention of religion and horrors of horrors...conservativism.

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Mar-03-13 5:56 AM

Tom Harte thank you for those comments. I couldn't agree more. Both you and Cristie are a treasure. All the best to both of you! Carla Westerlund

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Mar-03-13 5:48 AM

Mr Harte, keep politics and religion out of newspapers, and deal with news fairly nd Maybe being a Republican AND a Christian were her biggest problems. Any time we called her, e-mailed her, we got nothing.

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