Pope Francis has already performed a major miracle

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In the Catholic tradition, a miracle is defined as a supernatural phenomenon. And even before his historic speech to Congress this morning, Pope Francis had accomplished what amounts to a major miracle.

I mean, how else can you describe it when Republicans and conservatives suddenly start warning against religious leaders whom they consider too “political,” suggesting that church officials should confine their pronouncements to things that they understand?

This from the party of the Moral Majority, of Ralph Reed and Jerry Falwell, the party whose leading presidential candidates are riding a wave of anti-Muslim bigotry, the party that increasingly dismisses the wall between church and state as some Marxist, devilish invention, the movement that cheered when conservative archbishops denied communion to lifelong Catholic John Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign, the movement that is elevating a Kentucky county clerk into a veritable St. Joan of Arc for injecting her faith into her job, in violation of the Constitution.

That very same political movement now believes the pope has gone too far in warning even in general terms against the excesses of greed and reminding us of the moral importance of addressing poverty and the obligation to take care of our planet.

The increasingly unhinged George Will, for example, accused Francis of standing “against modernity, rationality, science” by accepting the modern, rational scientific evidence of manmade climate change. The pope’s message is so dangerous that “Americans cannot simultaneously honor him and celebrate their nation’s premises,” Will writes.

“I think religion ought to be about making us better as people, less about things that end up getting into the political realm,” says Jeb Bush, warning that “I don’t think we should politicize our faith.” This, from the circusmaster of the  Terri Schiavo catastrophe, this from the man who applauded students at Falwell’s Liberty University just this summer for getting involved in politics and “bringing the Christian voice to where it always is needed, and sometimes isn’t heard enough.”

It’s a blooming miracle, I tell ya.

 

 

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lvg
lvg

Huckabee says Obama not behaving like a real Christian and treating the  Pope properly.  . What do you expect from a Muslim born in Kenya-Huck? At least he cannot be a disciple of Jeremiah Wright who was a Christian.

juvenal
juvenal

what's funny is, the Pope was trained as a Chemist, & knows more science than most pols-or folks on this blog...........

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Breitbart Pays up For Racist Attack Against Shirley Sherrod

A lawsuit filed in 2011 by former Agricultural Department official Shirley Sherrod against right-wing propaganda manufacturer Andrew Breitbart was settled out of court on Tuesday. The undisclosed settlement awards damages to Sherrod, who was the victim of a ruthless right-wing smear campaign, initiated by the late Andrew Breitbart in 2010.  In March of 2010, Breitbart posted two highly edited videos of a speech given by Sherrod at an event sponsored by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund. The edited videos, along with commentary written by Breitbart, reportedly showed that Sherrod was racist against white people. Other right wing media outlets, including Fox News, which posted the doctored videos to its website, and aired them on the O’Reilly factor, immediately followed Breitbart’s lead.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Hedley_Lammar @StraightNoChaser It's what they do, this is what Press Secretary Earnest said about today's Republican party....

“Now what is also unfortunate is that Mr. Trump isn’t the first Republican politician to countenance these kinds of views in order to win votes. In fact, that is precisely what every Republican presidential candidate is doing when they decline to denounce Mr. Trump’s cynical strategy, because they are looking for those same votes.

Now other Republicans have successfully used this strategy as well. You will recall that one Republican congressman told a reporter that he was David Duke without the baggage. That congressman was elected by a majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives to the third highest-ranking position in the House. Those same members of Congress blocked immigration reform. Those same members of Congress oppose reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. Those same members of Congress couldn’t support a simple funding bill because they are eager to defend the confederate flag.

So those are the priorities of today’s Republican Party. And they will continue to be until someone in the Republican Party decides to summon the courage to stand up and change it.”

Dusty2
Dusty2

Hey, the mail just came and the Presbyterian Giving Catalog was there. They are asking support for many things including refugee food baskets.  These baskets included food and essential supplies for a refugee family.  Yes, it takes $50 to do it.  If you want more info, I have it right here in my hand


(That is not my denomination but doesn't matter.  All are trying to help.) ..


I thought you might like to know since some here are forever saying that churches do nothing.  Some people  just do NOT know.


stefpe
stefpe

@Dusty2 "churches do nothing"

Real churches do plenty. The problem is that a lot of churches are more interested in "family values" than in actually helping people.

Dusty2
Dusty2

@stefpe @Dusty2

Churches usually try to enhance family values and fill  local needs. But every denomination I know about has a very large international reach  to people in need.  Everything from food and supplies to agricultural  training, well digging,  better  use of natural resources, health assistance and livestock gifts and instruction..  .Smaller Christian groups sometimes join together to give more assistance, at home and overseas. 


Christian outreach goes around the world.      

Cherokee51
Cherokee51

@Dusty2 @stefpe 

It does Dusty, you're absolutely correct.

But you'll understand the frustration of some of us who feel that following Jesus also means run of the mill things like encouraging Georgia to accept Medicaid expansion, which  would make lots of peoples' lives here, much better.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and ex-candidate Perry have hosted daylong prayer events in their states.

Cruz had a strong religious upbringing and is committed to imposing his religious beliefs about abortion.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is a devoted social conservative. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is also a Baptist minister.

So, yeah maybe a little Golden Rule activity is in order.

gotalife
gotalife

It was the Syrian people that wanted assad gone not us.


This was a Arab spring event used by the Sunnis to stage a comeback to seize land, oil and new country under Sharia law.

straker
straker

Dusty - "you have made yours into stone"


No, I am just trying to see things as they really are and not as I might wish them to be.

straker
straker

Moonbat - "you got post 666"


You're about as funny as a dentist's drill.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@straker Thanks for that information.  I did not realize laughing gas would help that much with her posts.  ;) 

gotalife
gotalife

My only fear of death is not during football season.


I guess football is my religion.

Dusty2
Dusty2

@gotalife 


I hope you kick it over the goal post one of these days.  

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@gotalife I bet you really got excited when you heard they had something called "the tuck rule"

I heard you sued the NFL for false advertising when you found out what it really was.

straker
straker

juvenal - "but you would need an open mind"


No, I would need an absolutely closed mind to the reality that we live in a physical universe with not a shred of hard evidence that "holy" and "spiritual" actually exist.

Dusty2
Dusty2

@straker 

We do live in a physical universe and you can't see beyond the horizon.  Holiness, spirituality  and faith come from the heart and perhaps you have made yours into stone.  I'm sorry about that.   

juvenal
juvenal

@straker or that it doesn't-unfortunately for these debates, most atheists have no idea how things are proved by the scientific method; it's just their own genius superiority.......

juvenal
juvenal

@barkingfrog @straker you have any scientific credentials? btw, open minds also urge others to have one, so at least the 2 groups agree on something........

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Tensions have ramped more recently over Russian actions in Syria. Putin's government has sent troops, weapons and supplies to the Syrian coast in what some American officials see as as the beginnings of a Russian air base. Russia says it is only interested in protecting its ally Syria.



In regards to Syria, Obama plans to tell Putin on Monday that "doubling down" on support for Bashar al-Assad's regime is "a losing bet" on a war-torn nation

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@Hedley_Lammar  What's Obama going to do to prove that it is a losing bet since you apparently were in the strategy meeting with him?

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Hedley_Lammar Iraq was a giant US airbase . . . we said it was only to protect the iIraqis


JHC, why is it only bad when some other nation does it?????????????????????????????????

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@consumedconsumer @Hedley_Lammar It isn't right when we do it


OBL had one thing correct. He begged the Saud family to let him defend Saudi Arabia in case of an Iraqi attack after they invaded Kuwait. Arguing that America would never leave if allowed in.


The Saud family went for the sure thing. US Military vs Iraq. This ultimately drove OBL to 9/11



Dusty2
Dusty2

Well, Bookman wrote a nice piece yesterday but he is back in the mud today. Pope Francis is a fine human being and speaks his heart.  If some disagree with what he said, they have come to a different conclusion.  Nothing new about that.  Americans disagree ALL THE TIME.  This blog is evidence.  I doubt that even Pope Francis expects everyone to agree with him.


It is sad that Bookman has to make a hate item  out of an ordinary action that goes on in America,  but that's his job I suppose. He is THE liberal (side)  commentator  of editorials on the AJC list..  Smear Republicans!  Does he have to make it so obvious?


But to using Pope Francis as a background to insult Republicans is somewhat ...shall we say..gauche? 


Yep, that is what we can say.



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@~moonbat_betty~ @Dusty2 Pointing out Republicans don't like this pope is not spreading hate


Its reporting the facts


Hell even O'reilly called the Pope a LEFTY the other day.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@Hedley_Lammar @~moonbat_betty~ @Dusty2 

And as Bookman correctly pointed out its hypocritical for Republicans to tell the Pope to stay out of politics while they try to inject their evangelical beliefs at every turn. 


While the priests inject their evangelical beef at every turn...

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@Dusty2

Just like it's the Pope's job to spread love and peace, it's Bookman's job to spread hate and divisiveness.