The issue whether Biden should be permitted to receive Communion since he supported abortion has been ongoing for a year. Going a step further, whether any Catholic politician who supported abortion should be permitted to receive Communion?
The U.S. Conference of Bishops has been spouting that Biden should be denied Communion. The media constantly reported the Bishops’ position. Nothing was heard from Biden or what might be described as the other side. Biden kept going to Communion as he had his entire adult life.
Pope Francs in Biden’s recent visit told him to continue receiving communion. The Bishops Conference it might be noted is anti-Francis and seek his downfall.
The Bishops were porky about their position re Biden. A false bravado.
It appeared the Bishops Conference was going to formally denounce Biden this week. Turns out their position was a tale “told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
The Bishops failed. Their bill in writing was so watered down that the final draft made no mention of Biden or other politicians and their right to receive Communion. It became merely a milquetoast summarizing the Church’s teaching re Communion.
The watered down version passed 222-8 with 3 abstentions.
The result clearly evidences the Bishops’ ineffectiveness. A devastating defeat for their organization.
The U.S. Conference of Bishops is reflective of the far right in the Catholic Church. Years ago, the Republican evangelical right courted the Catholic Bishops. Join us. We can accomplish more together. For that reason or whatever, the Catholic organization went to bed with the evangelicals.
At the moment, the Bishops Conference is nothing more than a voice in the wilderness. Its purported power having taken a serious blow.
There are winners and losers.
The losers are the Catholic Church’s far right groups, Bishop “blowhards,” evangelical Republicans who courted the Bishops, and “power wannabes” Steve Bannon and Newt Gingrich.
Victorious are Pope Francis, the Catholic Church itself, the Catholic hierarchy who supported Francis and opposed the Bishops, and Biden.
Biden is to be complimented on remaining undeterred and continuing to receive Communion. And more importantly, never entering into the fray itself.
On this day in 1863, Lincoln was on a train heading for Gettysburg. He was to make a few remarks at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg. His was not the main address. Edward Everett was given that distinction. Everett’s “oration” lasted 2 hours. Lincoln’s words less than 5 minutes.
History tells us Lincoln wrote his “speech” on a brown paper bag while riding the train.
The remarks by Lincoln the next day became one of the most famous speeches in American history: The Gettysburg Address.
The Address’ opening paragraph: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
One hundred fifty eight years later, “liberty” and “all men are created equal” is being tested again.
An interesting fact rarely mentioned. Lincoln was sick the day he gave the Gettysburg Address. He was sick the day before when he wrote the words. Some told him how pale he looked. Lincoln was sick. He was diagnosed with smallpox when he returned to Washington.
I have a problem. One we all share. Any surge in COVID cases in Key West since Fantasy Fest? I don’t recall reading or hearing anything about it. I asked a medical professional why we have not heard. The response received was that the State and County have basically locked in the information.
Florida’s capital is Tallahassee. In Florida’s far north. Key West a tiny island in in Florida’s far south.
It seems Tallahassee takes Key West for granted. Pays little attention to our problems. And when it does, screws things up. As evidenced by the cruise ship fiasco.
Tallahassee legislators consider Key West a rogue. A wild child. Tallahassee the parent who knows better the needs of its Key West child.
A draft piece of legislation popped up yesterday on the floor of the Legislature. Its title: Abolish Key West.
No one sure where it came from. However its mere existence sufficient warning that the nuts in Tallahassee don’t like us and are not to be trusted.
The draft piece presently circulating is said to have no legal force since not complete.
Whatever, Tallahassee is not to be trusted.
If Rittenhouse is convicted, I believe his conviction will be overturned on appeal and he will get a new trial. The Judge’s rulings and conduct on the bench leave much to be desired.
The Judge may have been on the bench 30 or 40 years. Nevertheless, he has done a lousy job in the Rittenhouse matter. One problem, he appears to be playing to the TV cameras rather than what is before him in the court room.
They drank the “kool-aide” this day in 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana.
Cult leader Jim Jones led hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide. Most of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a poison laced punch. Those who would not do so, were forced.
Nine hundred nine died. One third were children.
Enjoy your day!