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Ask a Traditionalist / Re: Debate with a Jehovah's Witness
« Last post by Ragnarok on Today at 11:48:27 PM »
If elders are not just Cardinals and Popes then what are they? 

"Elders" are priests. Protestants intentionally mistranslate that term because having "Priests" in the Bible itself doesn't look good for their religion.
 
The Greek word for "Elders" is "Presbyteros", where the word "Priest" (short for "Presbyter" - "Presbt" - "Priest") comes from. Of course, the Elders in the New Testament were married, but that's more of a matter of historical development. 
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General Catholic Discussion / Re: Fatima's Portugal Problem
« Last post by Ragnarok on Today at 11:43:04 PM »
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Weight and aging doesn't alter nose cartilage. It also doesn't give you an underbite. Those things are immutable.

As someone whose mother's family is cursed with long noses, I can tell you personally that age definitely affects nose cartilage, especially through puberty. The same is true with the jaw.
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“Augustine said prostitutes were necessary and the Church thereafter employed prostitutes”

Why is it that Evangelicals feel like they can misquote something and then make up whatever slanderous shit they want about that misquote, and then morally look down on you for disagreeing with their slander?

Augustine said the government should not try to get rid of prostitutes as they were a better option in the urban areas than sodomy as a result of intemperate people needing to act out their urges. That’s a different argument than “Prostitutes are necessary for life”

The Church never “employed” prostitutes other than allowing Crusaders to have them, but that was centuries later and was more of a condolence for going out to the desert to get stabbed by spears

Crusaders were "allowed" to have prostitutes?

In the context of the First Crusade, various historical sources identify groups of serf-class females following the Crusaders with prominent "illicit sexual behavior" happening between the the Crusaders and the women.

Some historians interpret such women as "camp followers", or prostitution services. One of my close friends, who studied Medieval History in college, was personally convinced of that interpretation - although he was biased towards the Left politically.

It might've been the case that such women were just Catholics who saw the Crusade as pretext to leave their domestic lives and got carried away with the soldiers. To the extent the Church was aware of it, they did condemn it somewhat but certainly didn't try to stop it because hey, it's a war.

Either way, it's still way off the mark from the Evangelical claim that the Church employed prostitutes thanks to Saint Augustine.
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Arts and Leisure / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Bernadette on Today at 11:17:43 PM »
The Thousand and One Nights. A new translation. I''ve had these for a while, but never got around to reading them.
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General News and Discussion / Re: Demoralization End Point
« Last post by GiftOfGod on Today at 11:14:21 PM »
Maybe we'll get lucky and the tsunami will drown great britaint.
That's a new one.
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SF used to be my favorite city.
How old are you? It's been highly degenerate since the 1960s.
Old enough to appreciate the elegance of my experience there, and be very grateful to have been walking past the end of Midnight Mass on Russian Hill, and to have been struck with an intense longing for the Holy Mass.
Which parish? And are you referring to the TLM?
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SF used to be my favorite city.
How old are you? It's been highly degenerate since the 1960s.
Old enough to appreciate the elegance of my experience there, and be very grateful to have been walking past the end of Midnight Mass on Russian Hill, and to have been struck with an intense longing for the Holy Mass.
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Way worse from physical self pleasing is a mental masturbation. How many (here) confess from this?
ESL?

Here you go!
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Way worse from physical self pleasing is a mental masturbation. How many (here) confess from this?
ESL?
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