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New pope signals new direction for the Catholic Church

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Jorge Bergoglio, the son of Italian immigrants born in Buenos Aires, doesn’t fit the image of a high and mighty churchman in charge of an empire of more than 1 billion people. He’s a humble man and, at 76, not young. Until quite recently, he rode the bus to work and lived in a small apartment. He cooked his own meals. After the white smoke poured from the Vatican on Wednesday, and Cardinal Bergoglio took ...


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Fritzdawg
March 17, 2013
1:23 a.m.

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Yeah they're signaling all right.
Not only has their right turn signal been on for the last 80 years, now, their reverse lights are on.

tonijean613
March 19, 2013
6:11 p.m.

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The priest sex abuse cover-ups is not the only reason many have moved away from the Catholic church. Most educated women cannot accept a hierarchy of men that dangerously disregards science and insists on oppressing women by condemning common sense birth control, condom use and access to abortion. One way to reduce poverty is to promote the use of birth control and family planning. And with regards to abortion, whether you are a young girl who is raped and impregnated by her father or a teen, or any woman who learns of a medical reason to consider abortion, Churches and Govt- have no business controlling women and their lives. The focus of the Church should be to help poor people and foster community, fight for social and economic justice and stop wars- not oppress girls and women or condemn them to needless suffering or to a life-time of poverty because of the Churches outdated and dangerous teachings on birth control.

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