"Today Our attention is directed to one of the most common of them (abuses), one of the most difficult to eradicate, and the existence of which is sometimes to be deplored in places where everything else is deserving of the highest praise; the beauty and sumptuousness of the temple, the splendor and the accurate performance of the ceremonies, the attendance of the clergy, the gravity and piety of the officiating ministers. Such is the abuse affecting sacred chant and music."- St. Pius X, Pope
Just when you thought you'd heard it all. Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the further left. There is only one man I can think of who is arrogant and dumb enough to have engineered this debacle! Yeah, you know.
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders
on Friday morning announced a visit to the Vatican next week to attend a
conference hosted by Pope Francis on social, economic and environmental issues.
“I am delighted to have been invited by the
Vatican to a meeting on restoring social justice and environmental
sustainability to the world economy," the Vermont senator said in a
"Pope Francis has made clear that we must
overcome ‘the globalization of indifference’ in order to reduce economic
inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment.
That is our challenge in the United States and in the world.”
The meeting, held on April 15, will come just
four days before the New York primary. The announcement came on the same day
that Pope Francis issued a major publication called "The Joy of
Love," that called for the Catholic community to be more open to those who
have been divorced and for individual decisions to be matters of conscience.
"I was very moved by the invitation, I am
a big, big fan of the pope," Sanders said in an interview on MSNBC's
"Morning Joe" on Friday.
"People think Bernie Sanders is radical.
Read what the pope is writing." And then ...
A senior Vatican official said Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders showed "monumental discourtesy" in reaching out to obtain an invitation to a church-sponsored conference.
“Sanders made the first move, for the obvious reasons,” Margaret Archer, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, told Bloomberg on Friday, suggesting the Independent Vermont senator pushed for the invite for political reasons.
“I think in a sense he may be going for the Catholic vote but this is not the Catholic vote and he should remember that and act accordingly — not that he will," she added.
The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences is hosting the conference on social and economic issues that Sanders's campaign said he was slated to attend April 15, four days before the New York primary.
Sanders earlier in the day Friday said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that "it was an invitation from the Vatican," adding, "I was very moved by the invitation."
"I am a big, big fan of the Pope. Obviously there are areas where we disagree on women’s rights or gay rights. But he has played an unbelievable role ... injecting a moral consequence into the economy," Sanders said.
His campaign had released a statement from academy saying it was "delighted" to host the conference and mentioning Sanders by name along with the presidents of Ecuador and Bolivia, among others.