Florida Catholic Church to Pray for Osama bin Laden

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When parishioners gather for mass this Sunday at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, they'll be asked to pray for terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. The prayer is at the behest of a parishioner who paid ten dollars to have his name added to the service, and has understandably upset other churchgoers. The church's pastor is honoring the request and says it's only the good Catholic thing to do.

"Their hearts are troubled because they're thinking emotionally about what he has done, and he has done a lot of evil," Father Gavin Badway, the church's pastor tells WPTV. "Nevertheless, Jesus tells us, love and forgive."

The idea of praying for a mass murderer isn't exactly foreign to Christian faiths.

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," reads Matthew 5:44 in the Bible.

Yet many parishioners ;are upset at the call for prayer.

"I just don't think it's right, I really don't," parishioner Louis Pizzano Sr. tells MSNBC. "I think what's happened to the American people, what he's done, what he was planning to do and because we killed him, it doesn't stop there."

Pizzano added that the Church should instead pray for American soldiers. Henry Borga, the parishioner who made the initial request says that he will also pray for the victims of 9/11 as well.

Though not all members of the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church are upset.

"The way he was trying to prove his god to do killing, I can't approve of that," says Vince Stankey. "But I have mercy on his soul and I have to pray for him."

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Abe
Abe

I pray for 75 virgins and a mansion 

Osama Was Laden
Osama Was Laden

 Thanks for all the prayers-- now can someone please do something about this hole in my head?

David
David

 Those who object to a church's praying for ben Laden illustrate how broadly Jesus is misunderstood and misappropriated by civil culture. Jesus is/was a radical believer in God's love. Heaven will be hell for those find ben Laden still loved by God.

Haysoos
Haysoos

If you cannot pray for Osama bin Laden and his family, then are not a follower of Jesus Christ.  I don't care who he killed, or how "evil" you say he is, that wouldn't matter one bit to Jesus and if you disagree, well, then you don't know Jesus.  He would have been the first to lament that a child lost it's father, or that a wife lost her husband.  The lesson here is that we hate them because they celebrated deaths of our people, and now we have done the same.  Will it change anything?  No, it will only perpetuate the hate and violence.  I will say that he needed to be stopped, but having to resort to killing him should be lamented and avoided.  But instead america celebrated, calling it justifiable vengeance, and in that moment we became indistinguishable from our "enemy".  No one else found it messed up that people felt this was closure?  That the only way to get over a horrible, violent act was to commit a horrible violent act?  Theres something evil in that, I think.

p6purple
p6purple

 He's right.  According to the teachings of Christ himself, Christians are not to judge others (as only god has the authority to do that), but instead pray for friend and enemy alike.  It's one of the more admirable aspects of Christianity, though few people have the humility to actually put it into practice.  

Clifford Tindall
Clifford Tindall

 What a pathetic group of people. goes to show how mindless, illogical, and plain stupid people of the church are. But then again this is coming from Florida...doesnt surprise me. No worried though, everything just north of Orlando will be underwater within 30 years...dead serious.

Guest
Guest

 I bet your "dead serious".....just like how its Judgment Day this saturday? I really doubt it guy. And you talk about the Floridians..

jtaylor13
jtaylor13

 FYI preying gets no were.If you think or believe god helped you find,keys,job,car,hat,etc then GOD also ignored caylee anthony,jessica lunsferd,And every other child preying for help and to be free of rap,molestation,abuse.were was god then? Use your brains.A magical being that can see all.(sims3)game.lol. Wait gonna prey real fast.Dang didn't work still not rich.lol If you take 5 minutes to thank about it you would see.

MichaelL65
MichaelL65

Preying is what many of your priests do... as in He preyed on the altar boy before molesting him.

I think you mean 'pray'.

Nobody
Nobody

I hope you're a more critical thinker when you grow up.

jtaylor13
jtaylor13

I am gonna prey for him to.Prey he suffered as the top of his head was blown off.LOL i love that.Glad he seen it coming and then dumped him into the cold dark ocean to be fish food.Now 1 billion left.

Guest
Guest

1 Billion left? That's very nice of you, thanks!!

Guest
Guest

 do they realize that many soldiers in the army do terrible terrible things too?  but we should pray for them because.... they are american? or because they are white?  I love this religion, so full of hate and bigotry! 

fugfuu
fugfuu

Good, the dude was human and a major sinner, and sinners are the ones Christians are supposed to reach out to. Very good! www.internet-privacy.at.tc

soledad829
soledad829

Yeah, I wouldn't go to church to pray for that scumbag. 

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

That's what Jesus said to do. What good is it to love those who love you? Love all, but that doesn't mean they are above the law. Apply the law and pray for their souls.

Guest
Guest

Praying at this point is of no avail.  You cannot bring him back from hell!  And if you believe you can, you tell me exactly where in God's word does He say that! 

Lostarchitect
Lostarchitect

 You should study the concept of hell. It's not what you think it is.

Davel202
Davel202

Catholics pray for all dead souls, and leave the rest up to God. 

Cnapoleon79
Cnapoleon79

they should pray,pray and pray for the numerous priests who have abused children-boys and girls-over the years.truly by their fruits ye shall know them. 

The truth hurts
The truth hurts

Go to Pakistan and do your praying and be sure to take your BIBLE and cross. Better pray fast because you won't be praying long!!! 

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