May 20, 2018
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  • The Catholic Church has absolutely NO credibility until it has made whole all the people abused as children. The Church is still sitting on records it refuses to release concerning some pedophile priests.

  • Anonymous

    And they will slip further and further into irrelevancy. The Catholic Church has been trying to force the world to slow down or stop for centuries, for one reason and one reason only: to preserve their power and influence. They’ve fought against science, public education, philosophy, and art. They’ve fought against civic laws in every nation, even to this very day, by trying to shield and protect criminal priests from civic courts. Now they’re claiming religious persecution, for the simple reason that they don’t want to provide funding for birth control to their employees. All the trouble and difficulties in the world, and their biggest cause of upset is that women might want to avoid having babies. And they call it an assault on religious freedom. If the priests and bishops actually lived in the same world the rest of us do, instead of their ridiculous insular boys club, they just might be able to understand how absurd they are.

    And they actually have a woman giving their speech for them. How progressive of them.

  • Anonymous

     Their dishonesty and perpetual self-victimization is astounding. There are plenty of religious exemptions that protect religious liberty; however those exemptions extend to practicing and preaching only. When the church and religion is involved in administering health care plans or is hiring people for non-ministerial duties those exemptions end and as they should. We have certain standards in this country, such as a minimum standard of health care (requires contraceptives be covered) or the standard that we don’t allow discrimination, and religion can’t trump that. If you can’t adhere to those standards, then get out of those businesses. Offering sub-standard healthcare isn’t a matter of religious freedom.

  • Anonymous

         Go get’um!! More irrelevancy from the “aristocracy”! 

  • Anonymous

    The Catholic Church,  which is rather well known for trying to force their views on other people about subjects like birth control and abortion, is now trying to say that giving  women in Catholic hospitals a choice as against their religious freedom. How? As no one will be forcing anyone to have birth control or an abortions. As is well known a great many Catholic women are using birth control for good reason to not be forced into poverty with more children than they can afford to take care of.

    Italian Catholics have long said,” That he who does not play the game should not be making the rules.”
    Perhaps some day the Church will treat woman as full fledged people. Of course that might require a woman Pope, so I will not hold my breath waiting for an end to the war on women. Strange considering that Jesus never said anything against birth control or abortion, nor did God.

    • Anonymous

      Catholics consider a woman, Mary, Mother of Jesus, to be God’s greatest creature.  God created men and women to fulfill distinct and complementary parts in this life.  The Catholic Church will always elevate women, not “make war” on them.

      • Anonymous

        Gee elevate one woman, to an impossible role. That does not do much for the rest of womanhood. You have only the option of being the saint not allowed to have  sex, or the prostitute. I would say that is far more limiting than what man is allowed, and man gets to be the load and master,at that. Not too mention all women get to be blamed for Eve. This is uplifting, well then you have a different measure for what you call uplifting. 

        Look how the Church as protected its priests when they go bad, while attacking its Nuns for staying to their traditional role of caring about the poor and the suffering. Jesus did not treat his woman followers anything  like as harshly as the Church has for centuries. Jesus treated his women followers with the same respect as he did his men followers.

        Again as I said, he never mentioned the subjects that the Church is so big on today. So we have a difference of opinion and can only agree to disagree. So be it. I look forward to the day when the Church shows real respect for half of the human race, it’s women.

  • Guest

    It would be great if they could speak in the Millinocket area. Many up north cannot make the journey south, but I’m willing to bet that if it was held at St. Martins, it would be a full house. I hope Mrs. Arriaga would consider a visit north.

  • Anonymous

    Freedom?  Of choice??  The Catholic church telling people they CAN”T and preventing them from FREEDOM OF ACCESS???  Really…  When you PAY TAXES you can have a say in politics…otherwise don’t even…

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