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Old 12-07-2009, 06:08 PM   #6
no caste
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Default Re: The traditional midnight mass in Vatican

My guess: It's meant to throw people off, distract. (Traditions are very deep in people.) If I were Catholic, I would boycott a 10PM Midnight Mass, and just pray at midnight at St Peter's Square, outside my church or at home.

This pope isn't old. He seems quite sturdy, actually. The previous pope was in much worse shape, really physically challenged, and still managed.

So, why distract? I don't know. There are protests about PM Berlusconi in Rome, now.* A huge report about sexual abuse was released in Ireland. (I started a thread about it - and lots of orders are coming out of the woodwork to give money to 'victims'.**)

There have been top-down 'witch hunts' of nuns in the USA, too. (I'll have to think now where I posted that link or saw the article.***)


*Tens of thousands stage colorful anti-Berlusconi protest in Rome
By Raw Story: Saturday, December 5th, 2009 -- 3:19 pm

Irish Catholic chief, pope to discuss abuse report
updated 11:49 a.m. MT, Sat., Dec . 5, 2009
DUBLIN - The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland says he will meet Pope Benedict XVI next week to discuss a devastating report that found the church covered up clerical child abuse for decades...The report was published last month after a government-ordered investigation. It found that church leaders in the Dublin Archdiocese failed to inform authorities about sexual abuse by priests, while police failed to pursue allegations under the belief that church figures were above the law.

Irish Catholic Church Covered Up Child Abuse, 720 page Report Says

**Irish nuns offer euro128M for permitting child abuse

***U.S. Nuns Facing Vatican Scrutiny
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN - Published: July 1, 2009
The Vatican is quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear they are the targets of a doctrinal inquisition.

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