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  • #31
    Re: White Smoke

    Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
    I thought this was all bs and then I went to google and found out that all this is true, thanks for giving more ammo to give my girlfriend more crap about her religion
    You don't want to screw around with Catholic magic man.


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    • #32
      Re: White Smoke

      Out of all the things to take issue with in organized religion, especially the Catholic church, a head in a box is pretty low on the list.
      Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right. ― Ricky Gervais.

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      • #33
        Re: White Smoke

        Originally posted by Trader Joe View Post
        You don't want to screw around with Catholic magic man.
        Yeah I don't believe in religions so I'm ok with that
        @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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        • #34
          Re: White Smoke

          Originally posted by BRushWithDeath View Post
          I'm not religious and am certainly not Catholic but this is one of the most pompous and self righteous postings I've seen in awhile. Bravo.

          I just posted the true anecdotes about the religion that most people have no clue about. People shouldn't be mocked for telling the truth.

          An interesting juxtapose to consider, back when the scientists and great minds like Leonardo Da Vinci where sneaking around doing autopsies behind the Church's back as it was considered the practice of a Heretic, the Church was desecrating its dead and putting their heads into glass boxes, cutting out hearts, and adorning their Cathedrals with Bones.

          I do have a curiosity about the subject, as I find it very interesting how over a billion people came to this religion even though for 100's of years the average person could not even understand the Language of the religion, that just seems beyond intuitive.
          You can't get champagne from a garden hose.

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          • #35
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            Originally posted by graphic-er View Post
            I just posted the true anecdotes about the religion that most people have no clue about. People shouldn't be mocked for telling the truth.
            I thought you were pretty clearly mocking the entire religion by "telling the truth".

            Honestly, my religious beliefs probably align pretty closely with yours. But little infuriates me quite as much as when people try to push their beliefs on others. Of course, that should also apply to those who try to push their lack of beliefs on others.

            Every religion does stupid ****. Catholicism included. Lord knows I've made plenty of jokes with my Catholic friends, usually in bad taste, about it. But being an atheist or agnostic doesn't make you (or I) better than anybody who chooses to believe.
            "I had to take her down like Chris Brown."

            -Lance Stephenson

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            • #36
              Re: White Smoke

              Yeah, I am not a very religious person. I am Catholic by name and in the rare event that I do attend a church service. My interest in Catholicism is family related and I find the history of the church fascinating. Oh, and graphic er, the picture you are painting of bones and relics and Catholics brutally ripping bodies apart is not commonplace in 99% of the Catholic world. They do have their relics in the form of body parts (more like pieces--they are tiny most of the time), but they all stem from the early days of a very old church. Like others have said, Catholics have their issues, and I think the bones/relics aspect is one of the more curious things to single out.

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              • #37
                Re: White Smoke

                Originally posted by BRushWithDeath View Post
                I thought you were pretty clearly mocking the entire religion by "telling the truth".

                Honestly, my religious beliefs probably align pretty closely with yours. But little infuriates me quite as much as when people try to push their beliefs on others. Of course, that should also apply to those who try to push their lack of beliefs on others.

                Every religion does stupid ****. Catholicism included. Lord knows I've made plenty of jokes with my Catholic friends, usually in bad taste, about it. But being an atheist or agnostic doesn't make you (or I) better than anybody who chooses to believe.
                I don't think I pushed my views onto anyone. I never said anything eluding to my superior standing over people , you might be projecting your frustrations just based on the idea that I posted some of the absurd traditions of the religion. Its okay to point out the absurd for what it is! I'm not saying people are wrong or dumb for believing in whatever they find value in.

                But regardless, I get a chuckle when I think about the all the admiration and cheer this New Pope has received, and all the talk about what his impact will be, and how millions of people around the world are putting their hope into him, then you realize that next month he is gonna be carrying around town a decomposed skull on a pillow, or inspecting the adornments of a mummified saint in preparation for Easter.
                You can't get champagne from a garden hose.

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                • #38
                  Re: White Smoke

                  Originally posted by graphic-er View Post
                  But regardless, I get a chuckle when I think about the all the admiration and cheer this New Pope has received, and all the talk about what his impact will be, and how millions of people around the world are putting their hope into him, then you realize that next month he is gonna be carrying around town a decomposed skull on a pillow, or inspecting the adornments of a mummified saint in preparation for Easter.
                  Saying stuff like that is exactly what he was talking about. This came off as very condescending, like you think you are above all that and the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world.

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                  • #39
                    Re: White Smoke

                    Originally posted by Since86 View Post
                    Out of all the things to take issue with in organized religion, especially the Catholic church, a head in a box is pretty low on the list.
                    That does sound ****ed up, though. I'd never realized that. JMO

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                    • #40
                      Re: White Smoke

                      Originally posted by graphic-er View Post
                      I don't think I pushed my views onto anyone. I never said anything eluding to my superior standing over people , you might be projecting your frustrations just based on the idea that I posted some of the absurd traditions of the religion. Its okay to point out the absurd for what it is! I'm not saying people are wrong or dumb for believing in whatever they find value in.

                      But regardless, I get a chuckle when I think about the all the admiration and cheer this New Pope has received, and all the talk about what his impact will be, and how millions of people around the world are putting their hope into him, then you realize that next month he is gonna be carrying around town a decomposed skull on a pillow, or inspecting the adornments of a mummified saint in preparation for Easter.
                      Yep, focus on a minor ritual he has to perform over the impact he could potentially have on hundreds of millions of under privileged people around the world. That is the logical way to approach it. Also, you have the ritual wrong as far as I know, I am aware of the tradition of parading a saint's skull around in France, but the Pope is not involved with that. Also, Catholics are far from the only religion to do this sort of thing. Buddhists do this with what is believed to be a piece of the Buddha's skull as well. Venerating a holy relic is not something unique to Catholics at all, but is something that is found in all of the world's religions.

                      And as you may get a chuckle out of our (Catholics') and other religions' "absurd" traditions, I get a chuckle out of the fact that you are choosing to focus on a bloody skull over the lives he could affect positively. Certainly says something about your outlook on the world.

                      Also, calling a church's tradition "absurd" is in and of itself an inflammatory comment, but I'll just leave that one alone because I honestly don't care that much.
                      Last edited by Trader Joe; 03-15-2013, 02:44 PM.


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                      • #41
                        Re: White Smoke

                        Originally posted by graphic-er View Post
                        But regardless, I get a chuckle when I think about the all the admiration and cheer this New Pope has received, and all the talk about what his impact will be, and how millions of people around the world are putting their hope into him, then you realize that next month he is gonna be carrying around town a decomposed skull on a pillow, or inspecting the adornments of a mummified saint in preparation for Easter.
                        So a decomposed skull on a pillow makes people incapable of implimenting change? Unless that's what you're saying, there's no reason to connect the two.
                        Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right. ― Ricky Gervais.

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                        • #42
                          Re: White Smoke

                          Originally posted by Since86 View Post
                          So a decomposed skull on a pillow makes people incapable of implimenting change? Unless that's what you're saying, there's no reason to connect the two.
                          its called a juxtaposition.
                          You can't get champagne from a garden hose.

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                          • #43
                            Re: White Smoke

                            So you think whether or not there's a decomposed skull in a box has bearing on whether or not someone can impliment change. Okay.......
                            Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right. ― Ricky Gervais.

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                            • #44
                              Re: White Smoke

                              Originally posted by Trader Joe View Post
                              Yep, focus on a minor ritual he has to perform over the impact he could potentially have on hundreds of millions of under privileged people around the world. That is the logical way to approach it. Also, you have the ritual wrong as far as I know, I am aware of the tradition of parading a saint's skull around in France, but the Pope is not involved with that. Also, Catholics are far from the only religion to do this sort of thing. Buddhists do this with what is believed to be a piece of the Buddha's skull as well. Venerating a holy relic is not something unique to Catholics at all, but is something that is found in all of the world's religions.

                              And as you may get a chuckle out of our (Catholics') and other religions' "absurd" traditions, I get a chuckle out of the fact that you are choosing to focus on a bloody skull over the lives he could affect positively. Certainly says something about your outlook on the world.

                              Also, calling a church's tradition "absurd" is in and of itself an inflammatory comment, but I'll just leave that one alone because I honestly don't care that much.
                              The pope, cardinals, priests. They all are involved in these type of rituals. The church leaders perpetuate these things.

                              As far as impacting lives, I will grant you this new Popes backstory sounds impressive, but I will find it hard to believe that he will have any sort of huge impact on the poor from behind the castled walls of the theocratic city-state.
                              Last edited by graphic-er; 03-18-2013, 02:01 PM.
                              You can't get champagne from a garden hose.

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                              • #45
                                Re: White Smoke

                                What is a decomposed skull? Dust?
                                As for "relics" as they are called, most are tiny chips imbedded in the alter of a church and few have ever seen them, they may even be a wood chip rather than bone. From your original description I would have expected bones hanging from the rafters. So I would like to know more about these cathedrals that are adorned with bones from wall to wall etc. Where are they and how are they currently used?

                                We have a real skull used by my wife's grandfather who was a Doctor. Is this "absurd" too?
                                Last edited by indygeezer; 03-19-2013, 03:11 PM.
                                Ever notice how friendly folks are at a shootin' range??.

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