The Catholic Church refers to the main Christian body of believers following the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church is made up of laity and clergy. The clergy are ministers ordained through Apostolic succession (successive ordination of ministers since the time of the apostles). The are three types of ordination: Bishop, Priest, and Deacon. The bishop is the 'local ordinary' of an area of the Church (e.g. Philadelphia). The priests are the bishops aids in the church and the deacons assist the priests. The Catholic Church is very vocal in it's opposition to contraception, abortion, non-marital sexual behavior and unbridaled consumerism. It claims as it's source of revelation the Old and New Testaments and Sacred Tradition, guided through the interpretation of the magisterium. Many false teachings have been promulgated in an attempt to destroy the Catholic Church. Included in these are: the nature of the Crusades, the actions of Pope Pius XII during WWII, that Jesus had children and the Church is trying to cover it up, and many more. To learn more about the Catholic Church seek out the Catechism of the Catholic Church or a number of other books widely available.

Catholic Church -- refers to an actually assembly of Catholics... the building in which Masses are held and the Eucharist is present.
I went to a Catholic Church last Sunday. The Catholic Church spoke out against contraception last week.
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One of the most corrupt institutions on the planet. While the world goes hungry they have to buy fancy gold shit to put on their bishops, cardinals and popes.
Catholic to Mobster : ZOMG the pope just excommunicated members of the mafia.

Mobster: BFD, at least admit we are crooks and don't cover up for pedophiles unlike the Catholic Church.
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What liberals blame for world hunger and all other problems.
They call it racist even though every latino is catholic
Liberal: Dam it the catholic church made my car break down
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One of many original roots of discrimination and hatred.
Fears competition that could make man sway from their god so they tell us that things are wrong or sins.
PromotesPrejudice against threats such as women, other religions pagans
HAVE killed more people than Nazi's
Set's ridiculous rules and regulations about what are right and wrong, and how to compensate for them.
1. The Catholic Church was responsible for promoting intolerance throughout history, such as in the case of:
a. Women
b. Jews
c. Muslims
d. Protestants
e. Pagans
f. Every other religion
e. Liberals
f. Gays/Lesbians
d. Abortionists
g. "Sinners"
h. Anyone not "like them" or that go against their "beliefs"

2. Catholics hold "Beliefs" I don't 'believe' what you believe. How the hell do you know anything anyways; have you talked to God? Here is an idea; believe what you want, but don't condemn, condone, or object to anything. Period. If the Catholic "God" is going to judge us, then Catholics shouldn't have to.

Note on abortion: Do you want to be the child of a rape victim? Or a 16 year old girl? Or both? Didn't think so...
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religion that is supposdely ruled by love. In earlier times the catholic church did and still tries to instill fear into followerrs by basing their religion with fear of wrong doing punishable by going to hell once person is dead. (Hell is actually a Norse belief that catholics adopted from Norse religious beliefs of the after life. Merely changed to two l's on spelling and having a big dude in red pyjamas called satan to rule it instead of a half rotting non-mortal bitter woman called hel.)
Through the use of fear and piety of positions and dogmatic view of their religion, cathlics priests believe their religion to be the true church. (Yeah like i haven't heard that from about 50 other religions.)
Priests in modern times have been uncovered as child molesters and other despicable acts. The self righteousnees held by some catholics is digusting and all consuming, either way firm catholic or the ones that go on easter and christmas only, everything they say needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
V: Sodomy is a sin according to the catholic church.
C: well buggery to that, i'll do whatever the hell i feel like. DOesn't stop priests from bending little altar boys over.
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N., (kath-lick Ch-er-ch): A place of worship of Jesus and yelling adult-themed jokes until the bishop takes you to the monastery in the back and spanks you while you are naked.
Priest: "Welcome to St.Shithead Catholic Church!"
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As practiced in the United States, the Catholic Church is a form of organized crime designed to assist sexually confused and underdeveloped men (called, Priests) in having sex with underage boys on a weekly basis, referred to as "Sunday Mass".
Parent: We have strong religious beliefs and are proud members of the Catholic Church.

Translation: We are irresponsible parents who have subjected our sons to frequent child molestation.
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