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Misplaced faith in alternative medicine | Parkway Cancer Centre Singapore

Misplaced faith in alternative medicine | Parkway Cancer Centre Singapore | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
Doctor Articles - Misplaced faith in alternative medicine
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A short story, told from a doctor’s point of view, about a woman with nasopharyngeal (nose) cancer which had escalated due to her faith in alternative medicine (including a change of diet as well as other forms in order to treat her cancer). Her reason for abandoning ‘mainstream’ medicine was because of its prior inability to cure other loved ones, who had lost their lives to forms of cancer.
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Medscape Log In

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An older article. Here the argument is that faith and medicine should be kept separate. An especially interesting point brought about was the need to maintain all religious beliefs as equal; if tests are conducted and it is found that one faith saves more lives than the others, for instance, it would suggest that the aforementioned belief system is more efficient than the others.
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OpEdNews Article: Article: Darwin, Religion, and the Rise of a Secular World

OpEdNews Article: Article: Darwin, Religion, and the Rise of a Secular World | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
Darwin's theory of evolution spawned a natural and secular view of creation that has challenged the power of religion to control social change. It has also allowed business to slip its moral bonds, leading to runaway capitalism.
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This article is a mixture of faith and spirituality and faith and medicine. It clearly puts a definition of the changes in the belief structure that occurs in society today. In context it gives the reader a starting base in understanding the rise of such phenomenons whether it be the faith in alternative medicine, the faith in science or just general faith in social networks that seem to be trending. It raises the question whether people more so than ever are driven towards beliefs according to what the population critiques of them?

 

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Youth Ministry Zone Expands Its Efforts to Help Youth Ministers Keep Teens Focused on Spirituality Instead of Miley Cyrus Twerking

It’s difficult for Christian teens to reconcile the images they see in the news and pop culture with their religious beliefs. They struggle to deal with the...
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The headline of the story was hard too ignore. The article is about how an youth ministry organisation is trying to keep teens focused on spirituality instead of things like Miley Cyrus's twerking. This is intersting because as funny as the headline may be, it is a reality. I am intrigued by how the organisation is using the internet as a platform to reach young people because young people certainly spend more time in the cyber space than they do in churches or spiritual spaces. The article is not one that looks down upon youth and pop culture, but one that aims to help young people make more sense of the world that they are living in, including all these pop and sensationalist messages that they are confronted with on a daily basis. 

 

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Innovation Excellence | Positivity – The Endangered Species

Innovation Excellence | Positivity – The Endangered Species | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
There’s a lot of negativity around us. But it’s not upfront, unadulterated negativity; it’s behind-the-scenes, hunkering, almost translucent negativity. And it’s divisive.
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The article goes about explaining how negativity has infected the human race and that in everything we do we always find a negative way to react. Although the article does not mention anything on the topic of faith, it does emphasis how positivity is an important part in one’s life.  It makes the point that positivity effects relationships, businesses and the general perceptions one has about oneself. I just found it an interesting article promoting positivity and how important it really is in one’s life.

 

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Another Reason To Look On The Bright Side

Another Reason To Look On The Bright Side | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
By Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen for YouBeauty Sometimes it can be hard to look on the bright side of life -- and those are the times when it might be most important to do so.
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Reading this article was interesting as it dealt with the health factors concerning a positive mind. Although it was common knowledge as growing up one always hears that positivity promotes good health, reading this article gave an overview of how much positivity actually does effect it. The faith factor was not part of the article but one can assume that having faith in positivity will result in better health.

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THE WONDERS OF BELIEF AND POSITIVITY

THE WONDERS OF BELIEF AND  POSITIVITY | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
I will one day have my dream house, my dream job, my dream car and my dream life.....It's a belief i have with positivity in my dreams and i am sure i will make it to my dreams in a few years.It do...
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This blog reminded me of The Secret. I remember one of my friends mentioning it to me and encouraging me to read it. It is mainly about how positive thinking can really change your world around and that by thinking and asking for things in a positive manner you will be able to accomplish anything you ever dreamt of accomplishing.

 

 It seems to have become a huge hit and although I am still sceptical about the book I am quite interested to see if it works. I felt it really meshed in well with the topic of faith in positivity as this book is basically a guide to becoming positive in your life. It is almost like the belief in positivity is becoming a religion in itself as many psychologists are testing its effects and people are promoting it in everything. I have read countless magazine articles on the promotion of being positive, one says it will improve your skin, the other says it will enable you to get promoted in your job. It is almost an obsession and this book explains it in more detail. -Nicole Young

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lifeless: Reflections on Muslim burial

Reflections on the Muslim process of burial from two of the female washers at the IAR mosque in Raleigh, NC. Unlike many other traditions, Muslims are given ...
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A muslim woman reflects on the loss of a loved one and how it is hard to deal with accepting the fact that the person whom you've lost is never coming back. Whilst the woman explains this there are visuals of a funeral being conducted step by step from the Mosque service to the outdoor burial. Death involves multiple parties including those left behind and whilst it is believed that the dead are gone to live their lives in the afterlife, those left behind are left to grieve - Comfort

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Why Christianity Is Dying While Spirituality Is Thriving

Why Christianity Is Dying While Spirituality Is Thriving | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
There is within this new emergence an affinity for those matters of social and personal justice, compassion, spiritual wholeness and unity within and among all people and faiths. These were the obsessions of Jesus while here on earth.
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What an effective title. Not because is is short and may raise a lot of (conservative) eyebrows, but because it answers a question that many people, imcluding religious leaders, may have been pondering about.

 

Fact is that the Christian church denomination is declining and spirituality is really thriving. Even people who do not leave the church completely, find themselves in situations where they consider changing to a different church than that which they were born into. 

The author speaks of the Christian church as that which is morphing into something new. 

 

Whether or not people leave, the main reason for discplacement within churches he says, is that people are desperately seeking ways of understanding the christian theology. 

 

When people do not find the kind of understanding that they are looking for- whether it be in a church, a mosque or a kral, they are bound to look to external explanations and try to make sense of their traditions and belief systems. 

 

I love the idea behind this article, because I do not believe that people are asking the right questions when it comes to religions and spirituality. Often times the two are put against each other and painted as a 'religion vs sprituality' debate- which is not the case. 

 

Faith is a very complex idea, but I think that we all want to believe in things that help us understand out human condition. Religious and spiritual leaders need to focus more on the greater good of their practises and spreading those messages instead of trying to 'sell' those beliefs. People should be able to decide for themselves without too much persuasion or pressure.

 

Bongani Shweni

 

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The Future of Spirituality...Where are We Headed? | Happiness, Health and Harmony

The Future of Spirituality...Where are We Headed? | Happiness, Health and Harmony | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
Wilbur’s work provides a proposed framework for understanding some of the conflicts and paradoxes we see in ourselves, in our fellow human beings and between cultures.
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Last week i posted an article about the responses of certain professors on the manner in which the pope is addressing society.

I find that this article slightly touches on the distinctions that were addressed in that article however in a different manner.

 

As i have been mentioning these last couple of weeks, spirituality is a very broad spectra of belief. In this article it also states that spirituality conforms to the states of an individual. She argues that psychological development are stages that we grow through that lead us to spiritual awakennings -thus relating to the state of being.

 

This refers back to philosophy and its identity theory. Stages are linked to the physical being -the body whereas states are linked to the non-physical being the brain/mind.

 

In my understanding, this distinction accustoms for the fact that people are spiritual beings when they enter into a state of consciousness. The article states that people at a low level of inner development can experience heightened states of spiritual experience. Could this raise the notion that this is so because at that point we have no expectations?

 

If this is the case then my view of spirituality has some fault.

 

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‘Crossfire’s’ Newt Gingrich: ‘Great religions rise in vacuums of spirituality’

‘Crossfire’s’ Newt Gingrich: ‘Great religions rise in vacuums of spirituality’ | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
“Nihilism and hedonism are often dead ends,” says Newt Gingrich of CNN’s “Crossfire.” “I used to say this many years ago when I was teaching in college, that if they could find any sin that wasn’t covered in the Bible, I’d be glad to discuss how the...
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In the past two weeks my argument has always been that people choose a certain faith to believe in depending on what and where they are in life. 

 

In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons religion is such a big phenomenon is attributed to the fact that as humans, we tend to look for answers and reason to situations that are negative in our lives. When a certain religion works for you, you put your be;ief in it until it does not work for you any longer, then you seek another.

 

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POPE says "ATHEISTS are going to HEAVEN"? (Pt.1)

**THE POPE says that ATHEIST are going to HEAVEN?*** There is a much BIGGER PLOT behind his statements!!! MUST WATCH PARTS 2 Twitter @4runner777 Facebook @ 4...
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The Pope had recently responded to an Athiests comment as to whether God is able to forgive those who don't believe or wish to believe and the Pope's response had raised eyebrows when it seemed that he suggested that atheists are "redeemed". To many this statement implied that the Pope was saying that atheists too were going to heaven despite not believing in God. The Pope had come out later on reinstating what he meant by his statement. It is clear to me that many Christians take the topic of salvation very seriously- Comfort Phiri

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Reasoning in spirituality | Faith And Rituals Blog on Speakingtree.in

Reasoning in spirituality  | Faith And Rituals Blog on Speakingtree.in | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
We all know people who approach religious belief this way. If my religion is factually correct in ev..
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Last week on campus (Rhodes University South Africa) the christian society had a week where they spoke to people about Religion and Christianity and God (not to clear on the exact details). While sitting on the grass with a group of friends, two members of the society came and approached us, asking us "What we think of Jesus?". In relation to this article, one of the two members went on to tell us what she inspires to do and how she inspires to do this.

 

Her story: She is a third year student at Rhodes University and she is doing a BCom degree. She believes that the banking systems are corrupt and therefore she wants to change this system through her belief and religion -Christianity.

 

This relates to what the article is talking about. How people do things and go about their lives through their set beliefs and religion. My argument to her was, although she has very good intensions with what she inspires to do in changing the worlds banking system, it is not that easy. To some degree it is even impossible (this is just my view anyone can think otherwise). We have to realise that not every one is of the same religion and not every one believes in the same thing. Some people are Islamic and others are jews, the spectrum is vast. So to change the world in that manner everyone would have to have the same belief and same set values perhaps even be one solid religion. But the reality is, that can never happen which was my argument to her.

 

This article explains her way of thinking. Although i may have taken it completely out of context, that is how i thought she was portraying the situation. As suggested by the article, people tend to be so deep into their religions that they become narrow-minded (for lack of a better word) about certain situations. Nothing is black and white and not all questions have definite answers.

 

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Medicine in the Middle Ages

Medical knowledge in the Middle Ages must have appeared to have stood still.
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The Roman Catholic Church and its influence on medicine, as well as medicine in general during medieval times. The article mentions how connections with Roman medicine were largely severed, briefly talks about the early medical schools, and later considers how the development of medicine was, for a time, stunted in Europe due to superstition as well as how disease was justified as punishment of the sinful. These are only the beginning of what the article covers, however, because it is primarily about medicine – I have included it anyway because the Church was of considerable importance in shaping beliefs around medicine, and there is mentioning of Greek and Muslim doctors. This insight will seem shallow, but I don’t want to spoil the read; the article goes on to give interesting information about medicinal practices and astrology, and lots more besides.
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Alternative medicine lacks regulation

Alternative medicine lacks regulation | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
Alternative medical treatments are becoming ever more popular in Lebanon. Holistic treatments such as reiki, acupuncture, homeopathy and Chinese herbal medicine are catching on with the public.
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The use of alternative medicines seems to be rapidly becoming popular. So much so that other countries are failing to regulate its promotion in its communities. More than anything, there is no preventing the widespread phenomenon and its approval in society, there just needs to be extensive measures in educating the general public on the practice and how it intially heals a person.

 

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Random Thoughts About Showing One's Spirituality in The Open - News - Bubblews

Random Thoughts About Showing One's Spirituality in The Open - News - Bubblews | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
Speak Freely. Write Your World.(#Random #Thoughts About Showing One's #Spirituality in The Open - News - Bubblews http://t.co/xH3Z5lnblD #bubblews #Religion #Philosopy #777)...
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This article is very short and less formal, but it raises a very important point about spirituality. People who believe in anything which is not commonly understood or accepted, like Christianity for example, do not tend to talk about it a lot or live it out openly because of the fear of judgement from the majority of people. This may negatively affect how well they are able to exercise and practise their unique traditions. 

 

Bongani Shweni

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Lifestyle Movement, Mental Transformation and Positive Impact

Lifestyle Movement, Mental Transformation and Positive Impact | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
Want to know the key to living a life where your default attitude in every instance is positive instead of negative? How would your life be if you looked at
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I came across this article and podcast which provided good insight on the things one is able to achieve through positivity. It really interested me that this man, a former gymnast turned to making his hobby his life. It was all achieved through belief in himself, dedication and most importantly faith in positivity. He is now able to inspire many people with his amazing ability to push his body to the limit.

 - Nicole Young

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Positive Psychology and Faith Communities

Dr. Seligman discusses the role of faith-based communities in positive psychology.
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I found it fascinating that faith-based communities have an inclination to have greater positivity in their lives as a result of the support from their communities and their faith. It proves that their belief in a higher power enables them to look at life with a positive approach. This could possibly link to the concept that they forget about things that are out of their control and pass it onto God, and thus they have a greater hope in the future. Another reason for this can be attributed to the belief that their lives are in someone else’s control which can be thought of as a comforting notion.

 

The idea that some greater being loves you unconditionally boosts one’s self-esteem as one feels protected and loved. The community they live in also plays a part in their positivity as having the same belief as someone else creates comradely and a sense of family. By having people around you who take an interest in your views and in you as a person is something that would encourage a positive approach to the world you live in.

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Respectful Atheist: Faith, Doubt, And The Power Of Positive Thinking

Respectful Atheist: Faith, Doubt, And The Power Of Positive Thinking | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
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In this article the author explain his views on religion and positivity. He describes how it is in actual fact an inner strength in ourselves and not a belief in God which enables us to be positive. He debunks the notion that it is faith in a higher power results in greater positivity and rather attributes it to a desire to be stronger in oneself.

 

He suggests that Christians use faith in God as a crutch, “an emotional coping mechanism” to persevere through difficult times. The concept that Christians are constantly affirming themselves and their beliefs results in greater positivity. This is interesting as people view positivity in two different ways, firstly there is the atheist approach that positivity comes from an inner strength and then there is the religious approach that God is able to encourage positivity. I found this a very interesting view of an atheists approach to faith and positivity as he goes about writing the article respectfully yet pointedly. -Nicole Young

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Hinduism - Belief in Reincarnation -- Past lives

bhaktivideos.blogspot.com.au/ Everyone Should Know...Reincarnation best describes the concept where the soul or spirit, after the death of the body, is belie...
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The Hindu faith believes that the soul of man is immortal (never dies). Reincarnation involves the soul evolving from immaturity to spiritual illumination. The soul is believed to inhabit one body after another during its journey to becoming one with god. Physical death is believed to be the most natural means of reincarnation - Comfort Phiri

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wow that was very interesting its funny how we akways hear about the myth about people coming abck from the dead but this is a real life example .God works in wounderfuk ways .
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Rodgers: Young people should not view religion, spirituality as 'taboo' topic - SU The Daily Orange (subscription)

spirituality - Google News Rodgers: Young people should not view religion, spirituality as 'taboo' topic - SU The Daily Orange (subscription) SU The Daily Orange (subscription)Rodgers: Young people...
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Brilliant! 

often times we look to spiritual and religious leaders, scholars, experts and generally people who are well educated on the topics of faith and spirituality. 

 

Young people are almost pushed into the background when it comes to this topic. Even in our homes where we grew up, we are told or taught what exactly to believe in. 

 

The author is correct when he says that ''college can cause anyone to question their beliefs''. This is true because it is in college, away from the protection of the home and the guidance of the parents, that young people truly navigate and experience life for themselves.

When young people are met with challenges and defeats, they are stretched and they have to then understand for themselves what their beliefs mean to them-do they believe in something, how strongly do they believe in it, how much do they know about it etc.

 

In terms of ancestral beliefs, which is my assignment area of focus, I have found that young people do not have any strong beliefs in them, but they do not deny their existence. 

I wonder if this may not be as a result of the little amount of exposure they have to these ideas, which makes them lack a solid viewpoint on such beliefs. 

 

When an elder dies, young people are often not included in the cultural practises and are not taught about their relevance or importance. So it may therefore be impossible for any young person to believe in something (like ancestors) when they have relatively little information regarding it.

 

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Faces of Moral Courage

Faces of Moral Courage | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
Moral courage is speaking truth to power within your own community -- for the sake of the greater good.
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I love how this article is not about one specific faith. Faces of moral courage gives individuals the courage to find out whatever they believe to be true to them- and to have the courage to live it. 

 

The real-life example of a woman 'T' who read on Islam's tradition of independent thinking striked me the most. She started to question some aspects of her former beliefs and converted to Islam, which resonated better with her. It is unfortunate and sad that she had to go through a divorce based on her own individual convictionts that her husband did not agree with, but it sums up the whole point of 'moral courage'. 

Her courage to stand firm in her own convictions and believes, even at the cost of her marriage, makes her one of the few people brave enough to figure out for themselves which faiths and traditions to practise.

 

Another important point made in the article is how truth is 'volatile'. What may be true for one individual may be rejected by another and may result in many tensions. The author speaks of how she accepts Jesus as her saviour, but is not afraid to question some asepcts of her faith.

 

There is a lot of emphasis on working towards the greater good, regardless of what your beliefs are and that for me, is what makes this article very interesting. It speaks to all groups of people without shaming one group while praising another.

 

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For Many US Jews, Religion Not Tied to Belief - ABC News

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For Many US Jews, Religion Not Tied to Belief
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A new survey of U.S. Jews has confirmed some of the community's worst fears: One in five American Jews say they have no religion, and their ranks appear to be growing.
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The information presented in this article is very interesting if one takes a closer look into people's beliefs and how many a people do not have a core understanding of their religions or faiths, but are devoted and loyal to them because it is what they were raised into and they have somehow made it a core part of their identity. 

 

People can believe in something very strongly, because it brings them closer to significant others and increases their sense of belonging. 

 

This makes me wonder about the religion covnersation that takes place when two people of two different religious domains, get married. Often, the wife assimilates to the husbands religion and finds herself joining in on the practises and norms of a faith that she may have just learnt about. 

 

The Pew Survey results provided in this article show that it is becoming very common to find younger people who have no particular religion, as with the case of the young American Jews. 


Religion and organized faith may not completely decline but what I think is happening is that many people are starting to question the basis of their individual faiths and find that it is not rooted in some of the doctrines they were conditioned to.

 

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This is an interesting take of religion by the american film industry. There have been religious films made up over the past decades but this appears to be a more realistic view and take on the issue of religion.

 

Christianity being the biggest religion not only in America but the world, this approach will give us viewers a sense of its impact.

 

I personally would like to know how religion is percieved by individuals around the world.

 

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Professors react to Pope’s remarks

Professors react to Pope’s remarks | Faith and spirituality | Scoop.it
Pope Francis made headlines worldwide when a lengthy interview with Italian Jesuit journal “La Civiltà Cattolica” published last Thursday suggested his leadership would alter the Catholic Church’s focus on social issues.
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An article about the popes interview was scooped earlier by Charles Anam. This article gives an interesting discussion about what academics -in this case professors, think about the interview and their general views on the situation.

 

The professors argue that the Catholic Church has always maintained the type of view that the pope has presented and that the only problem is that pope Benedict was unable to portray this in the manner that pope Francis has. They argue that pope Francis is an extrovert and is therefore able to address and connect with the public in a manner that they are able to understand unlike pope Benedict who is an extrovert and struggled a bit.

 

They also blame the media to some degree for its portrayal of the Catholic church in regards to these matters which they believe shadowed the main and basic fundamental ideals of the church. They belive this lead to societies obssession with these matters which therefore skewed their belief.

 

This discussion reveals an interesting view in the manner in which society views the Catholic religion. It almost suggests (in my opinion) that what we know about the Catholic church has many faults and that maybe society needs to start a fresh in understanding it.

 

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