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  1. I appreciate that you said generally. Civil disobedience does have its place. It gave India her independence and helped end Jim Crowe.
  2. This is incorrect and you need to retract it. The CDC article does not say the test cannot distinguish between the two. It says that it would be best if the new testing method was able to detect Covid and the flu, to save time and resources. Wouldn’t it be great to have one test that will tell you if you have Covid, flu, or neither, rather than take two separate tests? That is what the article is about. Stop spreading misinformation.
  3. I sincerely don’t think there is a satisfactory answer to the problem of evil (especially if we include natural evil). I completely understand why people would struggle with it and don’t blame anyone for a loss of faith over it. It is hard, very hard.
  4. To be clear, smac didn’t say this, he was quoting the LDS spokesperson. This sure have could have been worded better. He should not have been released to focus on his defense, but should have been released because of the allegations. It sounds like the release was to help him, rather than to protect others.
  5. I'm sure there's a few nerds that do The ATMs in Vatican City have Latin as a language choice. There is also a Latin Wikipedia. Here's the link to the page about the LDS church: https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecclesia_Iesu_Christi_Diebus_Ultimis_Sanctorum It even has your "creed" translated (yes, I'm trolling by using creed, ha) Here's the beginning of the Book of Mormon: Enjoy!
  6. The pope tweets in Latin. Couple hundred thousand followers.
  7. The title of this thread just made Mark‘s day 😁 @mfbukowski
  8. I’m glad you’re not running triage at the ER, since you somehow think everyone can be treated equally regardless of resources or status.
  9. You are right that the Catholics here are traditionalists of varying degree and find problems with the post-Vatican II church, but the acceptance of protestant baptism was not a post-Vatican II thing, however the news (and progressive Catholics) want to sometimes spin it. There have been ecumenical councils since the early days of the Church that have dealt with the validity of sacraments performed by heretics. However, it is infallibly stated in the Council of Trent (which was convened to deal with protestant heresies) that protestant baptism is valid. Here is Canon 4: The Council of Trent concluded in 1563, 400 years before Vatican II. So no chagrin to us traditionalists
  10. @Eph2,8 You've mentioned truth a couple of times. I don't know how much you were lurking before you started posting, but I'm telling ya you better brush up on your Richard Rorty because I see mfbukowski is recently browsing this thread...
  11. This is correct, though I'm not sure why you say it would be to the chagrin of the Catholics here..? This has been discussed before and I have posted a link to one diocese's list of churches that perform valid baptism. I've also posted a link to the official Vatican answer why LDS baptism is not valid. Validity requires proper matter, form, and intent. For baptism, matter is water. Form is the invocation of the Trinity during the baptism. The Catholic Church finds the LDS disbelief in the Trinity problematic enough to invalidate LDS baptisms. Also problematic is the intent of the person performing the LDS baptism, as that intent will be quite different from what the Catholic Church would intend. Here is the link to the official document about LDS baptism: https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20010605_battesimo_mormoni-ladaria_en.html
  12. But you are, buddy Catholicism believes that baptism leaves an indelible mark on the soul. Since you were validly baptized, you remain Catholic. You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave...
  13. But he said it in direct response to Tacenda sharing stories of boys exposing themselves to her as a child, so no, that's not what he was communicating. Tacenda: boys exposed themselves to me Rod: you could just move to Afghanistan That response basically tells Tacenda not to share or complain because it could be worse. When it comes to sexual assault (or any crime or sin against someone), the fact that it could have been worse does not excuse or justify it. For the life of me I don't understand why Rod would say such a thing to Tacenda when she shared traumatic experiences. It was a terrible thing to say, and I hope people continue to downvote it. (I rarely rarely use downvote, but this deserved it)
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