March 13, 2013

Joe Biden's Dilemma

Today the White House announced that Vice President Biden will represent the US at the ordination of Pope Francis.
Vice President Biden, an observant Catholic, will lead the U.S. delegation to Rome for Pope Francis’s installation, a White House official confirmed. No dates have been announced, but the ceremony could take place as early as Tuesday on behalf of Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, who was selected Wednesday.
However, Pope Francis adheres to the Aparecida Document, which declares the refusal of communion to those who support abortion and other liberal agendas:
New Pope Francis I is a conservative in the mold of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II. That’s especially true on the issue of abortion, which he called a “death sentence” for the unborn in 2007. “We aren’t in agreement with the death penalty,” he said during that speech, “but in Argentina we have the death penalty. A child conceived by the rape of a mentally ill or retarded woman can be condemned to death.”

In the Aparecida Document, a document that represents a joint statement by Latin American church leaders but presented by Francis in 2007, the leaders stated, “we should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence,’ that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortions, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”

Waddya say we send "Observant Catholic Joe" some Nilla wafers to take with him to Rome? This way he won't feel left out.

 You're only supposed to take one Joe, only one.


Subvet said...

This could get really good, on one hand His Holiness has no use for cafeteria style Catholics like Biden and Pelosi, discouraged "liberation theology" and feels gay marriage is a tool of Satan.

On the other hand he'll give the traditionalist crowd fits because he's on film participating in Charismatic Masses, celebrated Hannukah with the Jews and advocates more concern for the poor via government programs.

Enough there to piss off all parties. Maybe it's some of that Matthew 10:34-39 thingy.

LL said...

I'm sure that the state-invited guests like poor old Slow Joe will get special treatment. Do you think that Pope Francis will heal Biden's altzheimers - or call on God to take Joe "home" for the sake of the American people?

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Do you think Joe will notice?

sig94 said...

Subvet - I'm sure there's enough of that Matthew "thingy" going around to keep many people preoccupied with the wrong perspective.

sig94 said...

LL - Joe's mental condition can be a blessing in disguise. He's constantly meeting new people and ... he's always home.

sig94 said...

Odie - as long as he always gets the same number of chocolate chips in his cookie, he's good.

WoFat said...

Slow Joe is a good spokesman for the United States. Now EVERYONE can see what's wrong with America. Maybe now people will give us a break, having seen what the top level of our government is like.

sig94 said...

WoFat - like the ugly senior getting a sympathy dance at the prom?

Doom said...

I don't know Subvet. The parts he proffers in the right easily covers what might be considered flaws. And I am hardcore. I only think helping the poor is a bad choice when I know it doesn't actually help them. In this case, I think it would have. And, he was working with what was available, visa vie government styles. He can't just make a government what he wants it to be... urhm... thankfully. :p