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  • What's difficult to believe, that teenagers sometimes make the wrong decisions or that complaining about it from relative safety, comfort, and the additional historical perspective of sixty intervening years is quite a bit easier than actually facing the choice yourself?

    If that's the way you judge the world, I certainly hope that you haven't made any mistakes even in the past ten years.

    • If that's the way you judge the world, I certainly hope that you haven't made any mistakes even in the past ten years.

      I'm not running for pope.

      These aren't positions where you walk out on the street and accept the first candidate that meets some minimum criteria. They are supposed to be the "best of the best".

      If I were Catholic, I would consider it an affront to God that they could not find the time to search for a better candidate. Message to God: We spent a day, hope that is good enough. I would also
      • When I was learning to cook, I put too much oil in a pan one day and didn't cover it properly as it heated and it splashed out. Instead of covering it and turning down the heat, I immediately tried to mop up the mess with a dishtowel. As it soaked up oil, I brought it too near the heat and the towel ignited in my hand.

        I say this not as a warning to you, because my best understanding of your point is that by having made this mistake, I don't have any moral authority to warn you to be careful when cooking with hot oil, but so that I can laugh at you when you make this mistake, having refused to learn from my example in a grand, toothless attempt to catch me in some sort of imagined hypocrisy.

        • Dude, that is one cool analogy.

          But... the repercussions from the lesson are evident. There is absolutely nothing to support the idea that what the church suggest is wrong really is wrong. The repercussions are NOT evident, they require an act of faith.

          Yet somehow, they believe that people really should do something wrong... disobey the law. That is the hypocrisy. In order to avoid some "possible" wrong you are required to commit a definite wrong.

          And since we have learned from the pope that exceptions are