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Remember the worldwide scandal involving the firing of the number two man in the Vatican by Pope Francis? Rachel Maddow explains, and it bodes well for humanity.

As The New Civil Rights Movement reported last month, Pope Francis I fired the Vatican’s top judge, the number two man in the entire Roman Catholic Church hierarchy. Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American so viciously anti-gay, just weeks earlier he had instructed parents to not let their children have any contact with gay people who engage in “evil, wrong,” and “disordered” relationships.

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Cardinal Burke had been the Archbishop of St. Louis before Pope Benedict XVI promoted him to Rome. And until recently, when Pope Francis demoted him to a position with zero responsibility, he served as the Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. In other words, think of him as America’s Chief Justice John Roberts.

Back in October, before almost any other mainstream media outlet reported, The New Civil Rights Movement published an intimate look at the ouster of Cardinal Burke.

LOOK: Pope Ousts Top Vatican Judge Known For Incendiary Anti-Gay Comments

Last night, Rachel Maddow took another look at the story behind the firing of Cardinal Burke, with insight from Religion News Service’s editor-in-chief, Kevin Eckstrom, who calls Burke’s ouster “a very public firing.”

After reviewing Burke’s outspoken attacks against American Democrats, including John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Barack Obamaa, and Sheryl Crow, (yes, Sheryl Crow,) Maddow dug in deep.

Eckstrom said that Pope Francis has made clear he plans to make the Church less conservative on social issues, and anyone who gets in his way will be gone.

Calling the firing “a signal” to other cardinals, Eckstrom says, “this is a very powerful power play” with the goal of Pope Francis getting his way on opening communion to divorced and remarried Catholics.

 

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‘This Is About the Pain of My Son’: Parkland Dad Slams GOP Rep. for Posting Family Christmas Photo With Assault Rifles

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Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie sparked intense backlash on Saturday when he posted a photo that appeared to show seven members of his family, including himself, brandishing assault rifles in front of a Christmas tree.

“Merry Christmas!,” Massie wrote above the photo on Twitter alongside a Christmas tree emjoi.

“ps. (SIC) Santa, please bring ammo,” he added, followed by a gift emoji.

Massie’s photo generated thousands of responses, with many pointing out that it seemed particularly tone deaf in the wake of yet another deadly high-profile school shooting.

Four people were killed Tuesday at Oxford High School in Michigan by a 15-year-old whose parents are now charged with involuntary manslaughter for giving him access to a gun.

Shortly after Massie posted the photo, the father of a Parkland, Florida school shooting victim appeared on CNN to discuss the Oxford tragedy.

Host Jim Acosta asked Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin “Guac” Oliver was one of 17 people murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, about his reaction to Massie’s photo.

“That’s a huge part of the problem,” Oliver responded. “Someone elected leaders like this one that think that — I don’t know if they’re trying to be ironic, funny, or what — but it’s the worst taste ever. … It’s a very nasty post.”

 

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‘A Little Late for That’: Legal Expert Buries Jennifer Crumbley for Crying Through Her Manslaughter Arraignment

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Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, the former police commissioner of Philadelphia had no sympathy for the mother of the Michigan teen accused of shooting four high school classmates last Tuesday with a handgun his parents reportedly purchased for him as an early Christmas present.

Very early Saturday morning James and Jennifer Crumbley were taken into custody at a Detroit-area industrial park after failing to turn themselves into the police for processing.

Following the arraignment of the Crumbleys on four counts apiece of involuntary manslaughter due to the actions of their son Ethan this morning, Charles Ramsey noted that Jennifer Crumbley audibly sobbed and cried as she was told she would be held pending the successful posting $500,000 bail which her husband must also post.

After the CNN panel — hosted by Christi Paul and Boris Sanchez — discussed how Ethan’s mother blew off complaints from the school about his actions, joking with her son he needed to “learn how to not get caught,” former law enforcement official Charles Ramsey said he had no sympathy for her.

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“This is a highly publicized case, so selection of a jury is going to certainly take time to make sure you don’t have people that already have a bias against for the parents one way or the other,” Ramsey explained. “And I’m sure that will take place, that will happen. They’ll find a jury that will be able to render a decision based on facts and evidence, but they’re not going to be able to avoid the court of public opinion — that’s the world we live in now.”

“It will be highly publicized, a lot of information will be put out there, some will be accurate, some will not be accurate in terms of evidence and things of that nature,” he continued. “I don’t know how you avoid that sort of thing but certainly I could hear it in her voice as well, sounded as if she’s crying, but it is a little late for that.”

“There are people that are crying over deaths of their children right now, the children laying in a hospital with gunshot wounds,” he continued. “I mean, those are the kinds of people that personally my empathy is with them, not with the [Crumbley] parents right now.”

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John Eastman Will Face Charges if Continues ‘Frivolous Argument’ Against Capitol Riot Probe: Adam Schiff

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John Eastman, the far-right lawyer who authored Trump’s “coup memo,” announced on Friday that he would be defying a subpoena from the House January 6 Committee.

Appearing on CNN later in the day, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made clear that Eastman is free to plead the Fifth if he has a good-faith reason to fear he could incriminate himself — but that doesn’t entitle him to a free pass to ignore investigators.

“Eastman says the partisan makeup of the committee, he says makes it invalid and doesn’t need to cooperate,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “What do you say to that?”

“Well, that was a frivolous argument,” said Schiff. “If he uses that as a basis to refuse to answer questions, he will be in contempt of the committee, simple and straightforward. So we’ll be seeing with each witness… whether they’re properly invoking a privilege or to stall and delay for the former president, and will make the judgment as to what the repercussions should be once we see and hear the testimony.”

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This comes after former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was indicted on contempt charges for ignoring the committee, and as former DOJ lawyer Jeffrey Clark faces an upcoming contempt vote by Congress.

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