IF Rudy Giuliani & Chris Christie Are Trump’s Icons Of Catholic MORALITY I Am A LIVING (Bloody) Saint!
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Yes, this was the Sunday, September 27, 2020, Trump ‘Tax Return’ Press Conference. Yes, Trump played all his tricks to talk everything other than his taxes. So, he got into bashing Democrats about questioning Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic values. This is when the two clowns, Rudy Giuliani & Chris Christie, were put forward as PERFECT Catholics. Bloody Giuliani even had the gall to talk about his PERSONAL Catholic Morals!
Giuliani & Morals. That is like saying Trump pays taxes or that I am WHITE.
I know a number of folks who are good, devout Catholics. Giuliani talking about his personal Catholic morals is an affront to THEM. With Giuliani where do you start? Adultery for one. Serial adultery. What a joke, IF not for the fact that we do have SOME good, decent, devout, MORAL Catholics. But not Rudy Giuliani or Chris Christie — or for that matter I.
I am NOT a Catholic. Never have been, never will be. But compared to Rudy Giuliani & Chris Christie I have been a LIVING Saint over the last 20-years. SMILE.
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August 25th 2020
I can see the obvious similarities between “Trump versus Biden” and “Francis versus whoever” . I think there is a lot truth in that, but the conclave will be rather more complex than that. As in U.S. politics, so in the Church, there is a deep division between those who are enthusiastic supporters of Francis and those who, for a variety of reasons, oppose him.
In my view that only describes part of the story. Many Catholics do not so easily fit into one camp or the other. Right wing American Catholics are inclined to see their Republican Party ideals and values as part and parcel of their Catholic Faith.
They look at the Gospel through Republican filters,
For them Francis seems to be a dangerous socialist and radical after the style of Bernie Sanders. Whereas in Europe many take a much more nuanced view.
Certainly there are many Catholics in Europe and Australia who more or less share the American “Right’s” analysis and hostility, but as I see it, these people tend to communicate only with those of a like mind. They do not represent as many ordinary Catholics as they might think.
Francis’ concern for the poor is shared by very large numbers of Catholics who cannot so easily be classified as liberals or conservatives. Quite a number of Cardinals share that concern. It will become apparent that a good number of Cardinals from the “Global South” have very different priorities, which will govern their attitudes going into the Conclave.
Edward Pentin’s book is a very useful analysis of the views of his 19 candidates, but the analysis clearly reflects his own views. It can be very helpful toto read what he has discovered of their views on a range of subjects. It does not follow that what he sees as a negative will be seen in that light by the Cardinals who will certainly study it with interest.
I think that it might take a little time for a consensus to emerge as it has to for a Cardinal to achieve the necessary two thirds of the votes, but I suspect that unlike the American November election the Conclave will be altogether more subtle.
If I can risk a prediction, I cannot see the “Anti-Francis” Cardinals having enough support to elect Cardinal Sarah, or even Raymond Burke ( utterly impossible surely).
Equally I cannot see the strongly “Pro Francis” crowd being sufficiently numerous to elect Cardinal Tagle.
The group of Cardinals who don’t really belong in either camp will be crucial in obtaining the requisite two thirds. I suspect we need to know much more about their concerns.
I certainly see parallels with Trump versus Biden, but that will only be part of the story.
These are my initial thoughts bearing in mind that, as always, so much will depend on when the Conclave happens. We could yet see one or two more consistories with new candidates, and many of the ones mentioned in Pentin’s book will soon reach 80 years old. I cannot see the election of an octogenarian Pope.
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IF you are really familiar with this 1876 election you will immediately know what I am concerned about. SMILE.
IF you are NOT, you better learn about it QUICK — & the above will help.
It is scary, ONE of the CENTRAL issues is still the same — 144-years later. That should send chills down your spine.
This election was SCARY.
BUT, it, ‘The Day’ & the country were SAVED by one man, & one man alone. Then President, the estimable Ulysses S. Grant.
And U. S. Grant is the CRUCIAL difference.
U. S. Grant was scrupulously honest & hell bent on trying make sure that this election was fair & equitable.
In 2020 WE WILL HAVE THE OPPOSITE!
Everything Grant did, we will see in reverse.
YOU have to learn about this 1876 election — pronto.
It will be uncanny — for those that lived through the U.S. 2020 presidential election.
It will be deja vu, but this time in the context of the Church.
Yes, since 1870 (or thereabouts) most conclaves pivoted on ‘right’ (traditionalist/conservative) vs ‘left’ (‘modernist’/liberal) considerations.
But, as with the U.S. (& Trump), Pope Francis has brought this to ‘a head’.
There is polarization like never before — both in the U.S. & the Church.
The HUGE, insurmountable difference between the U.S. election & the conclave, however, being that unlike U.S. citizens, Catholics have NO SAY. Not even Catholic priests, bishops or archbishops. Just (at most) 120 cardinal electors hand-picked by Popes Francis, Benedict XVI & John Paul II. Papal elections are NOT democratic. Papal elections hark back to the fiefdoms of the 13th century.
But, the battle will be real & bitter.
It will hark back to Vatican II — ’80’-years ago. It will be a ding-donger.
Stay tuned. I will keep you posted.
Other Than For Obnoxious Cussedness IS There Any Reason Why We Need To Drill The ‘Arctic Wildlife Refuge’?
This is so blatantly, patently plain obnoxious cussedness on the part of Trump. Just AMAZING. Bloody amazing.
There really is NO shortage of oil or natural gas right now. If anything we have a glut. Plus, the way things are going we probably will not need to tap any new areas — especially in the arctic circle.
This is stupid. There has to be SOME Republicans who understand this.
What is happening to this country?
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Yes. YEs. YES.
This is GREAT. I am SO HAPPY.
I am bloody RELIEVED.
Joe has done GOOD.
Because, she is so qualified, so strong & ABOVE ALL has zero baggage.
Lets see Trump trying to BULLY her. Ha. Ha. Ha.
She will put Trump in his place.
She is GOOD. I have no issue or quarrel that she is part Tamil. I have Tamil friends.
She is GOOD. She is impressive. I am so GLAD.
Thanks Joe. You are a PAL. SMILE.
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Being the news junkie I am, I saw a clip of this on some channel.
What amazed me was that the news channel (I was watching (which was probably CNN or MSNBC)) did NOT point out the absence of masks.
Check it out.
This is so CRAZY.
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It struck me, as soon as I heard it, that it was SO, SO Trump-oriented. Trump-specific.
Camera & TV.
Two of his favorite THINGS. Easy for him to remember.
Woman, Man, Camera & TV. It can’t get easier.
Then throw in ‘Person’. Come ON.
This was a contrived, EASY string made up just for Trump.
I have always said it, & I will gladly & proudly say it again. There is no other game like cricket. Push comes to shove we still always strive to ‘make it cricket‘. A genuine gentleman’s game — in the sense of ‘good manners’ & sportsmanship. Yes, yes, yes … we have had our incidents.
But, this was TRULY special.
I cried. Tears poured down my face. I was happy!
Very well organized & orchestrated. All the Windies had thin black gloves that they wore on their upraised, clenched fist arm. Very moving.
This was good for cricket. This was good for the World. Shame that Trump would NOT even understand. His loss.
Thank you, ALL.
This is why I truly love cricket.
So, FUNNY too. Jeez. Two things. Did not realize that Xi Jinping was that VAIN & he has lost a lot of weight over the last couple of years.
How Trump must wish he could wield this kind of power over the media. Oh, WOW.
What do YOU think?
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