Saturday, 31 July, 2021


US Catholic Bishops OK Steps Toward Possible Rebuke of Biden

BREAKING Biden reacts to Catholic bishops seeking to prevent him from taking communion over pro-abortion stance BREAKING: Biden reacts to Catholic bishops seeking to prevent him from taking communion over pro-abortion stance
Kristine Garrett | 19 June, 2021, 15:57

U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a "teaching document" that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. For it to be adopted, the final draft will require approval by two-thirds of the bishop, and approval by the Vatican itself. Last May, the Vatican warned U.S. bishops that defining special procedures for Catholic politicians risks divisiveness and should only be followed if it leads to greater unity. This movement is driven by the extremely conservative wing of the Catholic Church.

The vote tally announced Friday was 168 bishops in favor, 55 opposed and six bishops abstaining.

"That's a private matter, and I don't think it's going to happen", the president said of potentially being denied communion.

The vote on the proposal - which advocates describe as a broad "teaching document" that does not overrule the right of individual bishops to decide questions of Communion denial for their own diocese - was the culmination of a years-long controversy that stretches from a SC church to the White House to the Vatican, with Catholic prelates giving voice to a range of opinions about whether politicians who back abortion rights should be denied the Eucharist.

"They're looking for direction", said Hying.

Yet Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, who leads the USCCB's Committee on Doctrine, which put forward the plan for a resolution, said in a news conference that the upcoming midterm and presidential elections "never entered my mind, or the committee's".

The document is reportedly intended as a rebuke to Catholic politicians not politically implementing the teachings of the Church, which strongly opposes abortion. He's taken several executive actions during his presidency that were hailed by abortion rights advocates. Only the local bishop or the pope can determine who can and cannot receive the sacrament of Communion.

"The Eucharist.will inevitably become a tool in the vicious partisan turmoil that roils our nation", he said. Abortion, although legal in the United States for 48 years, is and remains unacceptable to them.

Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, has made clear that Biden is welcome to receive Communion at churches in the archdiocese. Maintaining that "supporting the murder of innocent children is incompatible with the faithful practice of Catholicism", she called on Church leaders to "act like it" by supporting the document.

In a document titled Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, last updated in 2019, the US bishops lay out their official teachings on the political responsibilities of Catholics.

The USCCB has identified the fight against abortion as its "preeminent" priority.

Biden has expressed his support for abortion because although he adheres to the Church's position on the issue in his personal life, he would not force it upon others.

Carr speculated some bishops made have been persuaded by assurances the proposed statement "will not include policy or guidance on denying communion to the President or other public officials", adding, "it seems that the future statement is expanding in scope and shrinking in specific application to public officials".

Recommended

loading...
...
  • U.S. Senate approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

    U.S. Senate approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

    Kay Ivey on Thursday signed a proclamation declaring June 19 as Juneteenth Day, commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Texas , New York , Virginia and Washington are the four states where state employees get paid on the Juneteenth .
    Queen Elizabeth Reminded Me Of My Mother, Says Joe Biden

    Queen Elizabeth Reminded Me Of My Mother, Says Joe Biden

    She has since met almost every American president (Lyndon Johnson was the exception) who served during her 69 years on the throne. Unfortunately, it is unlikely The Queen will return to the White House - a place she last visited in 2007.
    13 injured in shooting in downtown Austin, Texas; suspect not in custody

    13 injured in shooting in downtown Austin, Texas; suspect not in custody

    Austin City Council member Mackenzie Kelly took time Saturday morning to thank the swift response from law enforcement. Two of the injured people were in critical condition but no one has yet died, police said .
  • Christian Eriksen collapses during Denmark vs Finland, Euro 2020 match suspended

    Christian Eriksen collapses during Denmark vs Finland, Euro 2020 match suspended

    The officials as well as the Finland team walked off the field while the Denmark players stayed until Erikson was carried off. The governing body of European soccer said Eriksen has been stabilized and the Danish soccer federation said he was awake.
    Eligibility for second dose of COVID vaccine changing Thursday

    Eligibility for second dose of COVID vaccine changing Thursday

    Anand says the federal government has so far delivered 31-million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the provinces and territories. Overall, the White House has announced plans to share 80 million doses globally by the end of June, most through Covax.
    Joe Biden set to make his first foreign trip since taking office

    Joe Biden set to make his first foreign trip since taking office

    Republicans came out against the plan this week, potentially complicating the US ability to implement a broader global agreement. Putin said last Friday he expected the talks to be held in a positive atmosphere, though he anticipated no breakthrough.
  • Five Apple Daily newspaper directors arrested in Hong Kong

    Five Apple Daily newspaper directors arrested in Hong Kong

    He said 18 million Hong Kong dollars ($2.32 million) of assets of three Next Digital subsidiaries had been frozen by authorities. Apple Daily has struggled to successfully monetise online content, with Lai writing cheques to keep the paper afloat.
    Netanyahu uses last speech as prime minister to attack Biden on Iran

    Netanyahu uses last speech as prime minister to attack Biden on Iran

    Under the coalition deal, right-wing Yamina party leader Bennett becomes Israel's next prime minister for the next two years. Netanyahu , the longest-serving leader in the country's history, and to end Israel's lengthy political gridlock.
    G7 summit to open soon in Cornwall, England

    G7 summit to open soon in Cornwall, England

    WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, criticised in some quarters for being too accommodating of China, welcomed the health pact. The declaration will be published Sunday alongside the G7's final communique, following a beachside barbecue on Saturday night.
  • Edwin Poots: Fallout from DUP leader's resignation continues

    Edwin Poots: Fallout from DUP leader's resignation continues

    Edwin Poots has resigned as leader of the DUP after just 21 days in office, following what has been described as an "internal party revolt".
    Israel strikes in Gaza after arson attacks

    Israel strikes in Gaza after arson attacks

    From the Damascus Gate , they proceeded around the Old City to the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray. Ahead of the march Tuesday, militants in Gaza sent incendiary balloons over the border.
    Second dose eligibility expanded in some regions

    Second dose eligibility expanded in some regions

    To date, over 73 per cent of adult Ontarians have received at least one dose, while more than 11 per cent are fully immunized. She said even though we're in a position to prevent a fourth wave of COVID-19, there has to be a commitment to vaccinations.

Ebrahim Raisi set to win Iran election Ebrahim Raisi set to win Iran election Iranian state TV showed close-ups of voting lines at some sites as leading political figures implored people to vote. To opposition and human rights groups, his name is linked to the mass execution of political prisoners in 1988.

Indian variant cases rise almost 80pc in a week in UK Indian variant cases rise almost  80pc in a week in UK The highest number of cases recorded in an authority in Sussex was in Brighton and Hove, which recorded 289 infections. According to the latest data, it has spread to 356 confirmed cases, with more than 300 in the Calgary health zone.

Canada-US Border Closure Extended Canada-US Border Closure Extended The federal government said Friday the restrictions on non-essential worldwide travel will be kept in place until July 21. The border between Canada and the U.S. has remained closed to all nonessential travel for over a year.

BC health officials announce 113 new COVID-19 cases, four new deaths BC health officials announce 113 new COVID-19 cases, four new deaths Manitoba added 121 new variant of concern cases on Wednesday, bringing the total since the pandemic started to 14,003. Most of the new cases announced Wednesday are in the Winnipeg health region, which reported 80 infections.

CDC: Children aged 12+ can get COVID-19 shot with other vaccines CDC: Children aged 12+ can get COVID-19 shot with other vaccines On Tuesday, the provincial health officer reported no COVID-19 deaths and 108 new cases of the disease. In Waterloo Region, over 71 per cent of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Pharmacies to receive deliveries of Covid vaccines today Pharmacies to receive deliveries of Covid vaccines today Of these states, only Hawaii (52%) has a high vaccination rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-leads the country's virus taskforce, said in a video posted on Facebook.

Over 25.87 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India Over 25.87 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India Beginning today, anyone that received their first dose of a vaccine before May 1 can now book their second dose. The expanded eligibility also includes anyone who received their first dose on or before April 7.

Ilhan Omar Again Sets Off a Fight Among Democrats Ilhan Omar Again Sets Off a Fight Among Democrats But she's a victim because of the "constant harassment and silencing" from members who signed the letter . "Talk to us directly". Only 12 Democrats condemned Omar, which is less than 6% of the total number of Democrats in the House of Representatives .

G7 countries endorse infrastructure plan to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative G7 countries endorse infrastructure plan to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative Xi Jinping, the president of China, launched the multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road initiative in 2013. According to the document , strategic competition with China was discussed during the session .

Teen who recorded George Floyd's death given Pulitzer special citation Teen who recorded George Floyd's death given Pulitzer special citation Floyd's murder took a personal toll on Frazier, who described her ongoing trauma around witnessing his killing on Instagram . It was not her job, but Frazier described it as her duty when she testified at Chauvin's trial earlier this year.

Apple Reveals Unusual Move by Trump's White House Apple Reveals Unusual Move by Trump's White House Ranking Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), said Friday he supports the IG's investigation into the matter. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), then the top Democrat on the committee and a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump .

PM meeting with President Biden: 10 June 2021 PM meeting with President Biden: 10 June 2021 President Joe Biden speaks to American service members at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Sullivan told reporters Biden would press the Russian president on USA priorities and values.

3 dead - including child - following Florida supermarket shooting 3 dead - including child - following Florida supermarket shooting Upon arrival deputies located three individuals deceased from gunshot wounds, one adult male, one adult female and one child. The department says that the scene is not active and that the shooter was one of the deceased people in the store.

Keystone XL pipeline officially canceled after President Biden blocked border-crossing permit Keystone XL pipeline officially canceled after President Biden blocked border-crossing permit The pipeline, meanwhile, was slated to carry 830,000 barrels of oil per day from the Alberta oil sands to Nebraska. Alberta had invested $1.5 billion in equity investment and a $6 billion loan guarantee in the project.

Biden Revokes Trump-Era Bans On Chinese-Owned Tiktok, WeChat Biden Revokes Trump-Era Bans On Chinese-Owned Tiktok, WeChat Instead, the White House announced its own review of potential national security concerns over apps that are controlled by China . In addition, Trump issued a series of Executive Orders that attempted to block these apps from being listed in U.S. app stores.