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Pat Oliphant

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Is the ruler metric? Or did he just not measure up?

  2. ironic eggbeater

    ironic eggbeater said, over 4 years ago

    Know the feeling. Had the same experience at St John Berchmans.

  3. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat said, over 4 years ago

    Making fun of how people talk is not funny. But seriously; Ratzinger has nothing against nuns, it’s just liberals that give him heartburn.

  4. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat said, over 4 years ago

    … he might even believe he deserved that beating.

  5. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    I love this one!!!!

    Almost as much as I love seeing a bunch of tired old clowns dressed up in Red trying to hold back the clock. I bet they wish for the good ol’ days when they could molest children with impunity on Saturday and preach homophobia and abstience out of wedlock on Sunday.

    “The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers” Princess Leia

  6. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 4 years ago

    I remember the older nuns (born c. 1900) who administered corporal punishment. It was physical, not harsh – but embarrassing. A swat on the butt in the cloak closet with “The Board of Education.” A light swipe at the head. I heard of stronger actions, but through the years I came to realize it involved kids with behavioral problems who responded badly to force.

    The nuns were tough with children and it worked in most cases toward training them to control themselves. Nuns didn’t know enough of things such as autism, dyslexia, and various emotional problems to deal with them properly. They had tough jobs (in my time, up to 50 children per classroom!), received only room and board, and in some cases I’m sure were very personally frustrated.

    And I’ll tell you what – they resented many of the priests. Religion aside, they had feelings as people and saw the vanity, superficiality, and rudeness of the male clerics. At best, they were often supercilious toward the nuns. I could see the nuns silently fume after dealing with arrogant priests. Sisterhood was already becoming unfashionable by the 1960s, and the nuns were often mocked as women who couldn’t interest real men, so they “married Jesus. “

    And yet, they were in most cases intelligent and talented and basically ran the schools and parishes. Nuns did the work; priests got the glamour and admiration. But the day was soon coming when they began to lose respect, too. I often thought, even back then, that nuns should be the priests.

    I’ve met clerics high in the Church. I’ve kissed cardinals’ rings, several of my classmates are monsignors and one is a bishop. Sadly, several were even prosecuted for sexual misbehavior. I don’t disrespect religions entirely, but I think men way up in the hierarchy are not normal mentally — have never been, through the ages.

    Benedict seems a religious bureaucrat bound by rules and dogma hundreds of years out of date. How can intelligent, educated men engage in the double-think required to believe in fables of a pre-scientific cosmology? In the minds of many rigid churchmen, half of the human race is somehow unclean, ever since Eve. What a strange fetter is religion on the human race.

  7. Gil

    Gil said, over 4 years ago

    Revenge was sweet! After years of knuckle smashing, my 7th grade nunster took me out in the hall to give me a good one. I ducked (they telegraph everything) and she broke something in her hand when it hit the oak door. I was as revered as Robin Hood with the class and in deep do-do with Sr. “Mary Hitler”.

  8. cdward

    cdward said, over 4 years ago

    The most interesting thing that the Vatican is complaining about regarding the American nuns is that they spend too much time caring for the poor and marginalized while not preaching enough against gays and abortion. In other words, the Vatican would like them to encourage bringing more people into the world whom we can then abuse or at least ignore.

  9. Creniere

    Creniere said, over 4 years ago


    It’s just liberals and progressives that give YOU heartburn….and gladly so.

  10. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 4 years ago

    Before all my fellow liberals totallly trash out the Catholic church, may I remind you of the Bishops that recently ( and rightly ) condemned the Ryan Budget for consigning the poor to the compost heap?

  11. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 4 years ago

    empte12: “Board of Education” was Sam Rayburn’s term for inviting an obstructionist Representative over for a sumptuous dinner and an evening of demonstrating the Speaker knew more about the district than the Congressman did. Different “board”, but more effective.

  12. mythreesons

    mythreesons GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago


    Excellent posting. Your beliefs come from personal experiences and knowledge, not from just being told what to think.

  13. mythreesons

    mythreesons GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Do you ever ask yourself why you did not interfere? Stunned shock? Job security? I always read your postings because you are such a good and thoughtful writer. This surprised me.

  14. spyderred

    spyderred said, over 4 years ago

    When the catholic church was recognized as the state religion it was because it supported and enhanced the government’s rule. It is anti-life and joy.and blames and persecutes women because of its abnormal and aberrant sexual frustrations. I have wondered how Catholics feel about seeing their donations used to payroll rapists and child molesters.

  15. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 4 years ago


    Was your education good that is the real question?

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