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  • The Pope's on a roll here: https://www.vatican.va/content/franc...ipopolari.html


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    Personal change is necessary, but it is also indispensable to adjust our socio-economic models so that they have a human face, because many models have lost it. And thinking about these situations, I make a pest of myself with my questions. And I go on asking. And I ask everyone in the name of God.

    I ask all the great pharmaceutical laboratories to release the patents. Make a gesture of humanity and allow every country, every people, every human being, to have access to the vaccines. There are countries where only three or four per cent of the inhabitants have been vaccinated.
    In the name of God, I ask financial groups and international credit institutions to allow poor countries to assure “the basic needs of their people” and to cancel those debts that so often are contracted against the interests of those same peoples.

    In the name of God, I ask the great extractive industries -- mining, oil, forestry, real estate, agribusiness -- to stop destroying forests, wetlands and mountains, to stop polluting rivers and seas, to stop poisoning food and people.

    In the name of God, I ask the great food corporations to stop imposing monopolistic systems of production and distribution that inflate prices and end up withholding bread from the hungry.

    In the name of God, I ask arms manufacturers and dealers to completely stop their activity, because it foments violence and war, it contributes to those awful geopolitical games which cost millions of lives displaced and millions dead.

    In the name of God, I ask the technology giants to stop exploiting human weakness, people’s vulnerability, for the sake of profits without caring about the spread of hate speech, grooming, fake news, conspiracy theories, and political manipulation.

    In the name of God, I ask the telecommunications giants to ease access to educational material and connectivity for teachers via the internet so that poor children can be educated even under quarantine.

    In the name of God, I ask the media to stop the logic of post-truth, disinformation, defamation, slander and the unhealthy attraction to dirt and scandal, and to contribute to human fraternity and empathy with those who are most deeply damaged.

    In the name of God, I call on powerful countries to stop aggression, blockades and unilateral sanctions against any country anywhere on earth. No to neo-colonialism. Conflicts must be resolved in multilateral fora such as the United Nations. We have already seen how unilateral interventions, invasions and occupations end up; even if they are justified by noble motives and fine words.

    This system, with its relentless logic of profit, is escaping all human control. It is time to slow the locomotive down, an out-of-control locomotive hurtling towards the abyss. There is still time.

    Together with the poor of the earth, I wish to ask governments in general, politicians of all parties, to represent their people and to work for the common good. I want to ask them for the courage to look at their own people, to look people in the eye, and the courage to know that the good of a people is much more than a consensus between parties (cf. Evangelii gaudium, 218). Let them stop listening exclusively to the economic elites, who so often spout superficial ideologies that ignore humanity's real dilemmas. May they be servants of the people who demand land, work, housing and good living. This aboriginal good living or buen vivir is not the same as “la dolce vita” or “sweet idleness”, no. This is good human living that puts us in harmony with all humanity, with all creation.

    I also want to ask all of us religious leaders never to use the name of God to foment wars or coups (cf. Document on Human Fraternity, 2019). Let us stand by the peoples, the workers, the humble, and let us struggle together with them so that integral human development may become a reality. Let us build bridges of love so that the voices of the periphery with their weeping, but also with their singing and joy, provoke not fear but empathy in the rest of society.

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    • Sounds like a call for lots of scary SOCIALISM to me! ;-)

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      • Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
        Sounds like a call for lots of scary SOCIALISM to me! ;-)
        Well, yeah. Conservatives don't *actually* believe all that Jesus bunk. Were you confused on this point?
        If you don't change the world today, how can it be any better tomorrow?

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        • Originally posted by LynahFan View Post

          Well, yeah. Conservatives don't *actually* believe all that Jesus bunk. Were you confused on this point?
          They do love to skip the Gospel. Go straight to Paul, and back to the Old Testament.
          **NOTE: The misleading post above was brought to you by Reynold's Wrap and American Steeples, makers of Crosses.

          Originally Posted by dropthatpuck-Scooby's a lost cause.
          Originally Posted by First Time, Long Time-Always knew you were nothing but a troll.

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          • Originally posted by ScoobyDoo View Post

            They do love to skip the Gospel. Go straight to Paul, and back to the Old Testament.
            Thou shalt try really hard not to kill anybody...

            ...unless they pray to a different invisible man than the one you pray to, or don't pray at all!

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            • This is the best thing I have seen in the last 40 years. MENA = Middle East / North Africa.

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              • Someone left a religious tract on my laptop Thursday at a coffee shop, titled "Why You Do Not Need Jesus."

                Yeah, he rides besides me and never buys any smokes.
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                • After a handful of missionaries were kidnapped in Haiti, groups are reconsidering going there.

                  Then again, these people are egotistical and love "voluntourism" instead of serving people in their neighborhoods first.
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                  • I found myself at an emergency shelter that is run by Christians. But this place does things differently, things even Kepler would support:

                    -A space for trans residents.

                    -No drug testing residents upon entry.

                    -No surrendering your account or finances to them. They offer help with budgeting and financial literacy, but they don't demand your money.

                    -No mandatory church attendance.

                    -As long as one meets curfew, they don't care if you go out for your meals or decide to go out for coffee at 3 PM.
                    -Staff are masked and residents need to have one on while moving around the building.

                    -You can take your own meds, not need them dispensed by staff.

                    -All in all, treated like an adult. Not like a child.

                    And yes, my experience at the Holland Rescue Mission in 2017 was the exact opposite and left me not wanting to go back there even if I needed it.
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                    • Shorter Adam and Eve story.

                      A deity screwed up and let his magic dust guy eat a fruit because his ribwife told him a talking serpent told her that the magic deity guy lied about it killing them. So the magic deity guy punished them for ever and ever because, despite the fact that the magic guy is everywhere at once, he didn’t know about it.
                      Last edited by Kepler; 11-13-2021, 04:27 PM.
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                      • Sure, Jan.

                        https://twitter.com/hemantmehta/stat...993329670?s=21

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                        • Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
                          Ironically while trying to sell something called "The Great Delusion".

                          Cornell '04, Stanford '06


                          KDR

                          Rover Frenchy, Classic! Great post.
                          iwh30 I wish I could be as smart as you. I really do you are the man
                          gregg729 I just saw your sig, you do love having people revel in your "intelligence."
                          Ritt18 you are the perfect representation of your alma mater.
                          Miss Thundercat That's it, you win.
                          TBA#2 I want to kill you and dance in your blood.
                          DisplacedCornellian Hahaha. Thread over. Frenchy wins.

                          Test to see if I can add this.

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                          • Cornell University
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                            • Pastor says it's okay to rape your wife. Pastor was subsequently sacked, though I'd prefer to see him gelded.

                              https://religionnews.com/2021/11/22/...Vm0GoM1cH8LIAM
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                              • Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
                                Pastor says it's okay to rape your wife. Pastor was subsequently sacked, though I'd prefer to see him gelded.

                                https://religionnews.com/2021/11/22/...Vm0GoM1cH8LIAM
                                Just retire Christianity. Please. Take the stuff worth saving and junk the rest.
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