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  • I would say it depends on your definition of "better", and that's a pretty big telling point.  If you want to say, "Contributed more to social issues and human welfare overall" then I have to give Pope Francis more credit.  He has reached out in a w…
  • It's very interesting that your teacher is talking about focusing on material things.  A lot of religions steer away from this, and even Catholicism has.  There is a play from the Middle Ages, one of the "passion plays" that people put on each year …
  • This is really interesting, because there are so many views on angels.  When you look at the first mention of them in the Jewish tradition, they are seen as messengers.  Some prominent teachings in Judaism, and some Christians, discourage people fro…
  • If you look into it, celibacy was made a requirement in the Middle Ages to combat against nepotism (where children would get a position because of who their parents were).  Back in those days, being a priest or a bishop also carried with it enormous…
  • I like having a paper Bible.  I still have my Bible from Catholic school with my notes in the margins and words and verses underlined.  (And the silly notes I wrote in the blank pages when I was supposed to be paying attention in class!)  It's nice …
  • Archangel Raphael is a good one to pray to in regards to travels.  In my house, Saint Anthony was invoked often to find lost objects.  I think it was something like, "Saint Anthony if you're around, there's something lost that must be found.".  I do…
  • Actually, you are right, Slate!  There were indeed women priests.  Phoebe is considered to be one of them, as are many of the early female Christian saints.  A lot of that changed with Constantine and how he brought the Roman Empire into accepting C…
  • This is an interesting idea.  It's a rather nice one, in fact.  It acknowledges that people make mistakes and bad decisions, but that everyone has hope in the end.  Speculation on the Bible has been divided for quite some time as to how literally on…
  • I don't think it is making religion obsolete.  Religion is for the spirit, and answering some of the more personal questions that science can't answer and the problems that technology can't fix.  Change does not equal being obsolete.  If you look at…
  • I think this is a good idea.  I went to Catholic school and we had an entire year of study on world religions.  There are a lot more similarities than differences between the religions if one looks closely.  A central tenant of most religions is to …
  • I think the problem has a lot to do with local laws and regulations.  I can't speak for Brazil, because I've never lived there, but I know that in the U.S. there are a lot of regulations around adoption and that the process can take months, if not y…
  • When I was in Catholic school, we talked a lot about the origins of a lot of things in Christianity and Catholicism, and one of the things that came up was the cross.  It was originally a symbol of protection in quite a few faiths around the world, …
  • I don't think it's all one or the other.  Life isn't always good, but it's not all horrible, either.  And there is the idea of spiritual joy versus material "joy" (and I use quotation marks because Jason76 in the post above made a very good point). …
  • I think hell on earth is more about one's state of mind.  Hell is a separation from God, and the people who can't see outside the mundane, who are in a state of misery and embattled with the world, they create their own hell and are out of touch wit…