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A Kentucky Archdiocese Says Depiction of Supreme Court, Interlocking Wedding Bands Conflicts with Church Teaching

The Archdiocese of Louisville has refused a same-sex couple’s headstone design featuring the U.S. Supreme Court building and interlocking wedding bands, saying it conflicts with the teachings of the Catholic Church. 

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon, a couple of 34 years who are raising two adopted teenagers, were plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban, which was among the cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges. 

After purchasing a joint burial plot at St. Michael Cemetery in Louisville, Bourke and De Leon, both Catholic, submitted their headstone design:  

But Javier Rajardo, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries for the archdiocese, wrote in a letter to the couple dated March 30 that the cemetery is a “sacred place … where the signs and symbols of our Catholic faith are displayed with pride and reverence.” 

“Having reviewed your proposed gravestone inscription please note we can approve your shared stone with both your names and dates of birth and of course the religious symbol of the cross,” Rajardo wrote. “Inscriptions on grave markers are permitted so long as they do not conflict with any teachings of the Church. Your proposed markings are not in keeping with this requirement. Determination as to the appropriateness of any inscription or symbol is the judgment of the Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries in consultation with proper church authority.” 

Bourke and De Leon plan a “freedom to bury” press conference on Wednesday to respond to the archdiocese’s decision. 

Bourke and De Leon, who’ve been members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish for 28 years, were named persons of the year by The Catholic Reporter, a progressive independent newspaper, in 2015. But this is not the first time they’ve had a run-in with the local archdiocese. 

Several years ago, the couple was thrust into the spotlight when Bourke was removed from a leadership role in a Boy Scout troop sponsored by their parish due to his sexual orientation. After the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay adult leaders, Bourke reapplied for the troop in 2015, but was rejected based on guidance from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, who called the high court’s ruling in Obergefell “a tragic error.”

 

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Cuomo Charged With Sex Crime Months After Resigning as Governor

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Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor sex crime, NBC News reports.

The former governor who resigned after multiple accusations of sexual harassment resigned, leaving office August 23.

“Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor complaint in Albany City Court for a sex-crime related charge, a spokesperson for New York State courts tells NBC News,” NBC’s Tom Winter reports.

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Meadows ‘Will Face Consequences’ for Stonewalling Jan. 6 Committee if He Does Not Comply With Subpoena: Report

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Could former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows face criminal contempt of Congress charges like Steve Bannon?

The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack subpoenaed Meadows, a former GOP congressman, on September 23, over a month ago, and he has yet to comply.

“Our patience isn’t unlimited, and engagement needs to become cooperation very soon,” a Select Committee source told CNN. “As we’ve already made clear, anyone who tries to stonewall our effort will face the consequences.”

The committee sees Meadows, who has been by Trump’s side every step of the way even for months before exiting the House to join the Trump administration, as a “key witness.”

Jan. 6 Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is being patient but that appears to be waning thin.

“If and when the staff says to us it’s not going anywhere, there won’t be any hesitation on the part of the committee to make the referrals” for contempt of Congress he tells CNN.

CNN adds multiple sources have “indicated” Meadows has “been ‘engaging’ in negotiations over the terms of his turning over documents and appearing for a deposition.”

Earlier this week a bombshell Rolling Stone report citing two people involved with planning the January 6 pro-Trump rallies mentioned Meadows nine times, including calling him “someone who played a major role in the conversations surrounding the protests on Jan. 6.”

That report also says those sources describe Meadows “as having had an opportunity to prevent the violence” of January 6, and that “Meadows was 100 percent made aware of what was going on.”

 

 

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Rupert Murdoch Is a ‘Domestic Threat’ Says Never-Trumper Over Tucker Carlson’s Upcoming Jan. 6 Special

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Stuart Stevens is calling out News Corp founder and chief Rupert Murdoch as a “domestic threat” in response to a stunning preview clip from Fox News’ top personality, Tucker Carlson, that falsely paints Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection as a false flag operation by Democrats.

“If Rupert Murdoch were applying for American citizenship today, there would be ample evidence to classify him as a domestic threat and deny citizenship,” Stevens says of Murdoch, an Australian-born naturalized U.S. citizen. “He’s a dangerous man who should be treated as the anti-democratic propagandist he is.”

Stevens is known as one of the top Republican strategists who became a never-Trumper and co-founded The Lincoln Project. Murdoch owns News Corp, the parent company of Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and numerous other outlets across the globe. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985 to meet the requirements to purchase and own TV stations.

The clip of Tucker Carlson’s three-part series on the January 6 insurrection (below) is being called “fucking insane” by fellow never-Trumper Tim Miller, a former GOP strategist.

“I’d like to focus in on the fact that Fox is hosting one of the main architects of the Stop The Steal insurrection Ali Akbar Alexander for this 1/6 special,” Miller adds. “Going full Newsmax.”

In a scathing strike against Carlson, former Obama HUD deputy assistant secretary Brandon Friedman compared the Fox News personality to a radio station known for helping to incite the Rwandan genocide in which more than one million people died and up to half a million women were raped.

Here’s the clip, which is loaded with falsehoods and anti-American, anti-democracy propaganda:

 

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