Does Everyone Love Pope Francis? Not Quite: Conservative Catholics Feel ‘Thrown Under the Bus’

The other week, staunch Catholic Bridget Kurt took the Pope Francis prayer card down from her fridge and threw it in the trash.

“It seems he’s focusing on bringing back the left that’s fallen away, but what about the conservatives?” said Ms. Kurt, a hospice community educator. “Even when it was discouraging working in pro-life, you always felt like Mother Teresa was on your side and the popes were encouraging you. Now I feel kind of thrown under the bus.”

That’s from a piece in Sunday’s New York Times that describes conservative Catholics as feeling “abandoned and deeply unsettled.”

They despair that after 35 years in which the previous popes, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, drew clear boundaries between right and wrong, Francis is muddying Catholic doctrine to appeal to the broadest possible audience.

Wrote Catholic blogger Steve Skojec of recent papal pronouncements (including one that criticized proselytizing as “solemn nonsense”):

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Mark Driscoll Will Be Answering Questions On Twitter This Morning (UPDATED)

Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll will doing a Q&A live on Twitter today morning, from 9:15a-9:45a (PST). Have a question for him? Tweet to @PastorMark and use the hashtag #AskPM. (Need ideas? You can find a few here.)

Remember, don’t be rude. We’re better than that. But tough questions are perfectly acceptable.

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More Ways to Help the People of the Philippines

As I wrote a few days ago, the Foundation Beyond Belief is asking atheists (and anyone else who would like to join us) to help with the relief efforts by contributing to our Humanist Crisis Response program. 100% of your donations will go to Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, a community-based relief organization in the Philippines.

But that’s not the only way you can help out.

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Atheist Documentary ‘A Scarlet Letter’ Looks for Funding

John Jennings and Nyssa Senzig are the producers of a new documentary called “A Scarlet Letter“:

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Of All the Problems in North Korea, Lack of Bibles Really Isn’t High on the List

Pastor Eric Foley, who runs a Christian mission group called Seoul USA, just gave a gift to the people of North Korea: Bibles. 50,000 Bibles. All delivered by way of hot-air balloons.

Not edible Bibles, mind you, just run-of-the-mill paper Bibles.

Because that’s what the isolated, starving, desperate people in North Korea need: Jesus.

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