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I gave up going to church as soon as my parents allowed me to stop going. That was at a young age. Fortunately it limited my exposure to an organization I've considered a den of hypocrisy and misdeeds. The deal with the kids etc... Just seemed hopeless. As if all their problems weren't bad enough the church has been AWOL regarding their pretended role as moral leaders. While the "war on terror" (whatever that means) raged on We The People the church remained silent as far as I could tell. I'd ask those I knew that were churchgoers - "Hey - did your priest say anything about stopping torture or extrajudicial killings?" Usually my acquaintance would just roll their eyes as I suddenly seemed to have taken on the role of the preacher - instead of their preacher doing his job. It gets old after a while. Maybe the church people will follow this new leadership and start doing their part so the rest of us can take a break for awhile.
If Napolean was right when he said "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich"
it may be beneficial to the fat cats to pay attention to the pope. As his power pullulates in the population - the masses can become emboldened to get busy getting criminals under control - even if it gets in the way of business and making money.