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The American branch of the Red Hat Clan has always watched with avidity the growing political power of that fraction of American Protestantism which has become attached to conservative politics. For a long time he had his face planted against the window because many of these Protestants also believed that the Pope was the prostitute of Babylon. Under the papalities of John Paul II and Benedict, the forces were almost united, but the Holy Mother Church then revealed itself as an international conspiracy aimed at obstructing justice, which threw a wrench into the works. Now that we have the second Catholic president in our history, the Red Cap clan (American branch), which is of little use to Papa Francesco, has decided to flex again. Of New York Times:
This reality was stated unequivocally last week, when the country’s bishops overwhelmingly voted for draft guidelines for the Eucharist, advancing a conservative push to deny Communion to Mr. Biden for his rights support. to abortion.
“There is a special obligation of those who lead because of their public visibility,” said Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, who heads the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in Indiana, after the vote.
the Time, and other outlets, are guilty of exaggerating this development a little. First off, this is a draft letter from a group of Pat Robertson wannabes who have almost no chance of making it through all of the USCCB this fall. (In addition, the supply on the Time the story is embarrassing, far too onerous for conservative American clergymen and secularists.) Second, until they are willing to drop the same sanction against politicians who support – or worse, apply – the death penalty , no one should care what they think. And third, and most importantly, it takes a lot of Imperial nerve for American bishops to advise priests in their dioceses to take action that the Pope has publicly opposed. If bishops don’t listen to their pope, why should priests listen to their bishops?
In short, whatever this important rump faction of the American episcopate wants to declare, any priest who wants to give communion to Joe Biden should do it freely knowing that the Chair of Peter is behind him. If these people want a schismatic American Catholic Church because they are no longer up to par in Rome, they should go ahead and show courage and declare one. Vatican II declared the Church to be all of God’s people, and many of us are tired of being perpetually harassed by those nostalgic for the Papal States who dress more extravagantly than Bob Mackie ever dressed. Expensive.
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