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Vatican: ‘Irresponsible’ Timing, Not Homosexuality, Cause For Firing Priest Who Just Came Out As Gay

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The Vatican is reacting to a high-ranking priest’s announcement that he is gay and in a relationship, by firing him for the timing of his announcement.

In a YouTube video that has garnered almost one hundred thousand views in about 24 hours, a high-ranking Polish priest on Friday announced he is gay, in a relationship, and called for changes in the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality and same-sex families. The Vatican fired Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa immediately, and issued a statement insisting the termination was not due to the Father’s announcement, but rather, its timing. Bishops are gathering in Rome for a synod on the family that begins Sunday, and the Vatican is embarrassed by the news.

Father Charamsa’s “decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the Synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the Synod assembly to undue media pressure,” the Vatican’s spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, said in a statement on Saturday.

In his video (below), the Monsignor, in Polish, says, “My name is Krzysztof Charamsa, Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa. I am an officer of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the second secretary of the International Theological Commission, a theologian, philosopher, bioethics lecturer at the Pontifical Gregorian University. I’m gay.” 

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In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Charamsa said, “I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay priest who is happy, and proud of his identity,” Buzzfeed reports.

“I’m prepared to pay the consequences,” he said, “but it’s time the Church opened its eyes, and realized that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman.”

Charamsa says he knows he “will have to give up the ministry, even though it is my whole life.”

In a news conference, Reuters reports, “Charamsa said he wanted to make ‘an enormous noise for the good of the Church’ and apply ‘good Christian pressure’ on the synod not to forget homosexual believers.”

“This decision of mine to come out was a very personal one taken in a Catholic Church that is homophobic and very difficult and harsh” towards gay people, he said.

The Vatican this week was forced to deal with the revelation by an anti-gay hate group that the Pope had met Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That news caused a huge scandal for the Holy See, especially after, as NCRM in an exclusive report revealed, American Catholic Bishops were responsible for arranging the meeting.

 

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‘No Doubt’ Trump and His Allies Were Staging a ‘Seditious Conspiracy’: Former Harvard Law Professor

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe broke down how the plan concocted by far-right lawyer John Eastman on behalf of former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election constituted a “seditious conspiracy.”

“I know you call this an attempted coup, not just in the general use of the word that so many have adopted, but in a very specific way. You say Eastman delivered the blueprint,” said anchor Erin Burnett. “Tell me why you now feel so confident that that is exactly the word which describes exactly what it was he was trying to do, and that that was Trump’s intention.”

“Well, there’s no doubt from the information we now have about the meeting that Trump was holding with people like Giuliani and Eastman shortly before the insurrection that we all saw on live television, that they were planning, step by step, to twist arms and pressure people, including building a gallows if necessary with Pence’s name on it, in order to get the vice president to perform a role that the Constitution doesn’t assign the vice president,” said Tribe.

Tribe then went on to cite the specific law that he believes Trump and his allies broke with their actions before and during the Capitol riots.

“It was seditious conspiracy,” he said. “That’s the term that the U.S. Criminal Code uses, 18 U.S. Code section 2384, and then it led to inciting an insurrection. It was all part of a long plan, much more public than most coups that we see.”

Tribe went on to detail how the former president might try to replicate his illegitimate attempt to take power in 2024.

“The back-up plan is to get states to disregard the votes of the people even after the suppression of votes and the counting by people who are partisans if it doesn’t go their way,” he said.

Tribe concluded by warning Americans against complacency, as “we can’t just let that go on while we go over the cliff and destroy our democracy.”

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‘Privileged’ Millionaire Joe Manchin Blasted for Claim $3.5 Trillion Jobs Bill Could Create ‘Entitlement Mentality’

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) for months has effectively been working to derail President Joe Biden’s agenda, by refusing to eliminate the filibuster and by refusing to support Democrats’ $3.5 trillion jobs bill.

Like many of the wealthiest Americans, the coronavirus pandemic did not hurt Senator Manchin’s net worth. It grew by $1 million from 2018 to 2020, to $8.6 million, leading some on Monday to blast him over remarks he made to reporters Monday about “entitlement mentality” over Biden’s $3.5 trillion jobs, infrastructure, and social spending legislation.

“We’re just concerned about entitlement mentality versus rewarding mentality and then taking care of those who really can’t take care of themselves… there’s so much good stuff in there that we’re still working diligently,” Manchin told reporters, as NBC News’ Sahil Kapur reports.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted at Monday’s daily press briefing, 80 percent of Americans support much of the legislation’s critical points.

Many, saying they are tired of Manchin trying to control if not derail the Democratic agenda, are expressing outrage.

 

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Police Union Demanding COVID Be Treated as Workplace Injury Says ‘Dozens’ of Troopers to Quit Over Vaccine Mandate

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The union representing Massachusetts State Troopers is claiming that “dozens” are set to resign over the state’s Republican governor’s mandate that all executive department personnel provide proof of vaccination by October 17, or risk “disciplinary action including possible termination,” according to the Associated Press. That mandate applies to “42,000 state workers and contractors in the executive branch.”

In an undated statement the State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) says “dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing.”

In that same press release, union president Michael Cherven says they were suing “to treat a COVID related illness as a line of duty injury.”

SPAM filed a lawsuit earlier this month “saying the Oct. 17 deadline would cause troopers ‘irreparable harm’ and they wanted more time to ‘negotiate the terms and conditions of their employment.'”

There are about 1800 state troopers.

Last week, the Associated Press reported, Judge Jackie Cowin ruled that “the public interest is, unquestionably, best served by stopping the spread of the virus, in order to protect people from becoming ill, ensure adequate supply of medical services, and curtail the emergence of new, deadlier variants of the virus.”

About 20 percent of Massachusetts State Troopers are unvaccinated.

Some conservatives are weighing in.

David Frum says their decision to resign “may be enabled by the favorable pension deals they receive, no matter what else they have done.”

He adds:

And Bill Kristol simply says, “Mandates work.”

 

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