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April 02, 2021

The Morning Rant

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Here's a sub-species of failure theater: Cardinal Raymond Burke: Joe Biden Could Face Excommunication for Promoting Abortion:

Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke recently made the case for pro-abortion politicians like President Joe Biden to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church because of their “open and aggressive” apostasy...

When asked how the Catholic Church should address the problem of a pro-abortion Catholic leader like Biden, Burke [a leading expert in Canon Law and former head of the Vatican’s highest court] outlined several steps, including confronting the individual and urging them to repent, CNS News reports. If the individual obstinately persists in doing evil, they could face excommunication, the cardinal said.

Sounds great, doesn't it? I would've been impressed 20 years ago, but these days, not so much. Alert morons will have already spotted the one word that renders the entire article pointless:


So, in other words, it's just a theoretical possibility. It's not happening. No actual politician was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church for promoting abortion in the writing of this article. In fact, I don't think the Roman Catholic Church has *ever* excommunicated a nationally prominent politician for promoting and cheerleading abortion. It's just not something that the modern Roman Catholic Church does. I don't know the reasons why, I know that some bishops and cardinals are in favor of it, but some aren't. Perhaps the Church is hesitant to directly interfere with the politics of another country, which is kind of a switch, since they used to do this ALL THE TIME in past centuries, and in much bigger ways. But that was then, this is now, and so maybe it's better this way, all things considered.

But, speaking as a Protestant, I wish the Pope would step up and start swinging the banhammer. And I'm not talking about booting out every single Catholic who has ever supported abortion, but there are some loud voices (ahem)Nancy Pelosi(ahem) who need to be put on notice. That is, their bishop (or, in SF Nan's case, archbishop) needs to tell them that you can be Catholic, or you can be a cheerleader for abortion, but you can't be both. And you have 'X' amount of days or weeks to choose which one you want to be. And if you don't make a choice in that amount of time, the choice will be made for you.

Because excommunication is the ultimate cancelling.

What do I think will happen because of that? Probably not much. Nancy Pelosi is not going to suddenly become pro-life. But she won't be Catholic any longer, and she will not be able to cloak herself in the robes of the Church. It will just be a witness to the world that she never really was a Catholic to begin with. The mask will be off, and the amount of honesty in the world will have been increased by some small amount.

Call it a clarifying moment.

And maybe some good will be accomplished. By discreet wielding of the banhammer, the Church may cause other Catholic politicians to reconsider their abortion-for-any-reason-even-into-the-fourth-trimester advocacy. Or no longer identify as Catholic. I'm sure there will be weeping and wailing and cries of "I didn't leave the Church, the Church left me" as if being pro-life is some recent innovation.

I guess I'm getting impatient in my old age. I'm tired of talk. The only thing that will impress me now is stuff getting done. I want to see those who are in a position to do something actually do something instead of talking about it.

I guess Trump has spoiled me.

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Must-See TV:

You can see the exact moment when her brain locks up.

The Joe Biden Plan For America:

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(click here for even more depressing architecture)

Coming Soon To A Church Near You:

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No, this is not a parody account. Here is the actual tweet from last year. Her TL is chock full of stupid.

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Compare & Contrast:

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Who Dis:

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For the 'Ettes:

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(click for bigger)

Wednesday Who Dis: Jeanette MacDonald wasn't so much an actress who could sing, but rather a singer who could act. She made eight films together with singer Nelson Eddy, among them Rose-Marie and New Moon.

A Poem For Good Friday:

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Today's Edition Of The Morning Rant Is Brought To You By Bread and Wine:

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