Pope Francis one of the best! The man is pure goodness. Not all Popes have been.
Sunday July 25 is a new day of recognition officially established by him.
It is the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. Shortened version is World Day of Grandparents.
Francis has been working to establish the Day since his inauguration in 2013.
The reason therefore in his own words: “Old age is a gift…..The Holy Spirit still stirs up thoughts and words of wisdom in the elderly today…..They remind us that old age is a gift and that grandparents are the link between generations passing on the experiences of life and faith to the young.”
World Day of Grandparents will be celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July on the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Jesus’ grandparents.
St. Peter was the rock Jesus was building the Church on. The rock is becoming somewhat fragile in its old age. The Catholic Church is no longer one solid unit. Fraught with all kinds of problems. The Church is divided in a similar fashion to the United States and authoritarian countries. Fifty/fifty. One half liberal, the other far right.
Conflicts on a daily basis.
A leader of the far right is the U.S. Conference of Bishops. Radical. Part of the gang who want to take Francis down.
The most recent issue is whether political leaders are to be denied Communion if they are pro-choice. It is a war which has in its roots the embarrassment of Biden.
The Republicans captured the evangelical right years ago. Then married certain Catholics to right wing thinking and support. The Catholics whose thinking reached beyond God, were thrilled with the recognition the evangelical tie was giving them.
Francis wrote the U.S. Conference of Bishops a month ago to cease and desist in their efforts to deny Biden Communion. Francis saw what the Bishops had become blind to: The separation of Church and State.
The Bishops backed off Biden to an extent. Instead turned their attention to lesser political figures. Like State legislators.
Two New Mexico State Senators. Both Democrats. Senators Menoz and Cervantes. Each has been denied communion for having voted pro choice.
The Communion denial in New Mexico and wherever else attempted has at its base the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.
The decision 48 yeas old. The battle still being waged. Mississippi announced this past week that it has a case seeking the total reversal of Roe v. Wade presently on its way to the Supreme Court.
The U.S. Conference of Bishops, their supporters and those otherwise anti-Francis forget “we are all God’s children.”
Some of today’s newsworthy items.
Monica Lewinsky’s birthday today. Forty eight years old. I have always thought she was maltreated by those seeking to bring Clinton down. She has kept her head up and walked with dignity.
The Surfside building has revealed 98 bodies so far. There are several not yet discovered who may never be discovered. Ninety seven bodies have been identified so far. One still incapable of identification. The last few bodies have been difficult to identify. DNA analysis was required to identify them.
The Olympic games open today. Exciting. The world’s finest athletes competing against each other. Other than some 700 dignitaries, no spectators will be present. A move to thwart coronavirus which has become rampantly alive the past few weeks.
I thought the games should be called off in their entirety. How many of the thousands of athletes will become infected? The fact that each has trained hard for 4 years is of no consequence where some may die and infect others who may die.
Florida continues to achieve “greatness” under Governor DeSantis. Florida is the fourth state with the most coronavisus cases. Data this week indicated Florida had 20 percent all of coronavirus cases in the U.S.
DeSantis is selfishly blind, a Trump in disguise who wishes to become President.
The man is also insulting to those who are deserving of praise. He continues to mock Dr. Fauci. DeSantis is presently selling “Don’t Fauci My Florida” tee shirts.
The Delta variant is more powerful and moves faster than the initial COVID-19. I have a sense masks may be nationally required soon. DeSantis said if such was done, he’ll have the Florida legislature ban the federal mandate in Florida.
Key West is into its 40th annual Hemingway Days. All kinds of activities this weekend. The contest to decide who is this year’s Hemingway Look Alike. A street festival on Duval all day today. The race of the bulls tomorrow.
Bum Farto to gain some additional notoriety soon. A musical in the works: Bum Farto the Musical.
Key West receiving all kinds of recognition this past year. It is considered one of the top three vacation spots in the U.S. Its hotel rates the highest in the U.S. Now two top restaurants. Latitudes is #4 nationally in fine dining. Better Than Sex #11 in desserts.
TACOS paragraph 6.
Sunshine and BJ made their own show / The movie was really professional / It showed Key West around 1973 / Now you can watch it on your TV / Someone snitched on BJ, something to do with pot / I think it was two or three years he got / Sunshine was left with two kids all alone / She was forced to make it on her own / She kept smiling the whole time / I guess that’s why her name is Sunshine / She had a key lime tree she said, “Take all you want / And sold key lime pies to every restaurant / When times wee tough she just shifted gear / Now she’s one of the most successful here.
Enjoy your day!
Monsignor Jeffery Burrill, the top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned after a Catholic media site told the conference it had access to cellphone data that appeared to show he was a regular user of Grindr, the queer dating app, and frequented gay bars.
I guess he and those around him felt it was OK to be a closeted homesexual and apparently sexually active while a priest, yet deny the President of the United States church sacraments for not opposing the right’s of women when it comes to abortion.
Do you suppose that Republicans get their hypocrisy from the Church, or is it the other way around?
Making abortion illegal again will work about as well as making drugs illegal.
More drugs just washed ashore in the Keys and were turned over to the police. Tip of the iceberg? Have to wonder how much doesn’t get turned in.
Abortion allowed or abortion denied, is not the real issue. Abortion as a political issue, rallying cry and fake outrace is what it’s all about.
If the church was really doing it’s job, abortion would not be an issue.
The departed Orange One did America a service in unmasking the GOP. Nearly all they claimed to stand for, from small gov’t to personal liberty, to moral standard has been a facade. They didn’t seem to care much when their true nature was revealed and even worked hard to normalize and justify it. Is this the end of the GOP?
They will most likely pivot and recover, most Americans are that gullible, but some will remember and refuse to let them off so easy.
Count ME as one of the latter.
This mentality is a result of a dumbed down society in this country. A direct result of defunding teachers and schools, rewriting history books and generally diminishimg the concept of good educations. All of this started with Reagan’s administration. Something people nowadays choose not to remember so much.