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Submitted by Tom Seeker (not verified) on

Has Anyone caught that small tv show called American Idol??? "America has voted..." and many have done some many times. It is viable polling as long as the rules are the same on both sides.

If side a can vote 10 times and so can side B, then it is fair. To suggest that Father Z is wrong to suggest using the system to display our support is wrong. The other side of the debate has the same options.

I will vote as often as I am capable based on the systems allowances. God Bless you all...

Submitted by Douglas Naaden (not verified) on

In every sector of the business world, there are people whose job is that of quality control. There are a set of standards that a given business should adhere to. It should deliver what it says it delivers and do it with quality. Why shouldn't convents be visited? This concept is nothing new. It's rather odd that it gets any attention at all!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Mr. Waters please refrain from making defamatory statements against a Catholic Priest.

Your accusation that "when Fr. Zuhlsdorf has his 'poll alerts' that he is suggesting people vote more than once" is an utterly baseless accusation.

All who care to read Fathers poll alerts will see there is no suggestion from him to rig the vote, Father Zuhldorf merely encourages his readership to participate in the vote which I trust no one will openly object to.

Given the significant number of people who read Fathers blog compared to the amount of people voting on this poll (387 as of now) one vote per person is more than enough in itself without the need to resort to trickery to see dramatic shifts in a poll of this size.

Father Zuhldorf is not answerable to you and you should apologise immediately for the injustice you have done to him by defaming his good name with no proof and seemingly for no other reason than that you dislike him for some reason known only to yourself.

As to the apostolic visitation, if we are all Roman Catholics, brothers and sisters in one faith under the Pope why should a visit from Rome ever be anything other than warmly welcomed?

Submitted by Leonius (not verified) on

Mr. Waters please refrain from making defamatory statements against a Catholic Priest.

Your accusation that "when Fr. Zuhlsdorf has his 'poll alerts' that he is suggesting people vote more than once" is an utterly baseless accusation.

All who care to read Fathers poll alerts will see there is no suggestion from him to rig the vote, Father Zuhldorf merely encourages his readership to participate in the vote which I trust no one will openly object to.

Given the significant number of people who read Fathers blog compared to the amount of people voting on this poll (387 as of now) one vote per person is more than enough in itself without the need to resort to trickery to see dramatic shifts in a poll of this size.

Father Zuhldorf is not answerable to you and you should apologise immediately for the injustice you have done to him by defaming his good name with no proof and seemingly for no other reason than that you dislike him for some reason known only to yourself.

As to the apostolic visitation, if we are all Roman Catholics, brothers and sisters in one faith under the Pope why should a visit from Rome ever be anything other than warmly welcomed?

I think it's so funny that Father Zuhlsdorf's sending folks here from his site has been termed an "attack" and a cause for gnashing of teeth.

U.S. Catholic controls this poll. Anyone can link it and encourage anyone to vote. I don't know if one can vote more than once and I don't care. But if that is how the poll works, that's the decision of the sponsor. Obviously these polls aren't scientific; they serve to bring in visitors and they provoke discussion.

Isn't that good?

As far as the visitation. When the seminaries were visited, there was anxiety on the part of some, and glee on others' part. It didn't work out quite as either feared or hoped. Don't we all hope that visitation strengthened the seminaries? Don't we all hope this will strengthen religious life?

Submitted by LittleBear (not verified) on

And Fr. Martin Fox,

Wouldn't it also be good for the Sisters to conduct and investigation of the Vatican Curia and the American Bishops?

They should investigate how well they are living up to Christ's injustion that they serve the least of God's people and do not seek the first places in the world.

What about the Mercedes-Benz that Cardinal Rode drives around in (chauffered, of course) or his vacation trips to Cancun? When the African Bishops came to Rome, they saw the Pope surrounded by marble, and gold---and he was wearing silk vestments. He spoke to them about avoiding materialsim. What a joke!

Our bishops live in mansions, wear more jewerly than most high-society divas can afford and live far above the social status than most of their 'flocks' can afford to live.

Yes, the Sisters ought to launch an investigation of the Vatican and the Magisterium.

Submitted by GA Catholic (not verified) on

Well LittleBear, the Pope has the God-given authority to lead and teach the Church. The heretic sisters of the LCWR do not.

And while it is true that the Pope lives in a palace, he didn't before he became Pope -- it comes with the office. The same can be said for most other things you mention, they are trapping of office, not personal possessions of the office-holder.

Saintly men in the past have had various opinions of the trappings. St. Francis de Sales, for example, was uncomfortable with the trappings of his office, but felt that it was his duty to uphold the dignity of the episcopal office by keeping and using them. St. Alphonsus Liguori, on the other hand, moved into a storage room in his bishops palace, and refused to use the nice furniture, bringing in his rough-hewn table and chair. He even refused to ride in a carriage until it became medically necessary for him to do so.

Personally, given the fact that the salvation of very many souls depends on the holders of these offices, I think these trappings of office are appropriate reminders of the dignity and importance of these offices, so long as they are strictly understood as property of the office and not of the office holder.

Submitted by Douglas Naaden (not verified) on

In the business world, often times businesses are audited. It's just human nature: people will bend rules. Someone's got to hold their feet to their fire. Just because they are sisters and nuns, doesn't mean they are happily orthodox and well within their bounds.
I see no reasonable objection to the having the Catholic Church initiate internal audits to make sure the organizations which bear the name Catholic are actually living up to their obligations. This shouldn't even be headline material!

Submitted by TNCath (not verified) on

Not only is the Apostolic Visitation necessary to correct the very serious and errors that were committed by a lot of religious orders of women that have led to their near-demise, Father Zuhlsdorf's advertisement of this poll might actually get people reading articles from U. S. Catholic again. Father Zuhlsdorf is actually doing you a favor!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

People are just upset because more people read Father Z's blog than the "US Catholic" one.

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