Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV, loser) v. Card. Burke (Elector, classy)

What is it about Archbishops of St. Louis? They tend to bring out the bully in politicians.

Maybe you recall how, years ago when now-Archbp. Robert Carlson informed then-Sen. Tom Daschle that he wasn’t to vote for a partial-birth abortion bill or he would be excommunicated. Daschale, in an election year, backed down but then excoriated Carlson on the floor of the Senate… by name.

This time, another liberal democrat, one of the worst of the functioning demagogues and political hacks breathing out air has attacked another Archbishop of St. Louis. Loser Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) disgraced himself in the New York Times with a slam at now-Card. Raymond Burke, who had been in St. Louis before his promotion to Rome.

Harry Reid: ‘We Sure Do Like’ Pope Francis

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Mormon, [Who knows as much about the Church as I know about organic chemistry…] says he’s an unabashed fan of Roman Catholic Pope Francis.

“We sure do like this new pope,” Reid gushed to the The New York Times. [He probably knows as much about Pope Francis as Elton John does.]

The veteran Democrat acknowledges that he can profess his admiration even though he’s “had dealings” with Cardinal Raymond Burke, a powerful Roman Catholic leader who’s been demoted twice from key positions by the pope. [Okay… he’s been “demoted”, but he’s “powerful”.  This is incoherent.]

“How about Burke? They’ve demoted him twice,” Reid noted with a chuckle, The Times reports. “You know, I’ve had dealings with Burke.” [I don’t know who “they” are… and neither does Harry Reid… perhaps he can ask Nancy “the Theologian” Pelosi… but when Benedict XVI moved Burke to Rome it was a promotion.  Every thing that has happened to Card. Burke over his career has been a promotion until Francis moved him out of the Signatura, and for reasons that are complicated.]

Reid told The Times that he spent hours with Burke in Missouri after the funeral of former Democratic Sen. Thomas Eagleton, blurting out an embarrassing anecdote about Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s distaste for the once-powerful Burke. [What class… to use such an occasion for this.]

“After the funeral, we went to his home; I don’t know what it’s called,” Reid told The Times. “A very nice place. And we talked about nothing. Now, Claire McCaskill and others just hate the man.

Reid’s dishy tale about McCaskill came the same day the Missouri senator declined to vote for Reid for Democratic leader. [Because this is how über-Libs work: they smear and call people names and insinuate. Just look at the fever-swamp that is the Fishwrap combox.]

But Reid said he’s got no problems with the conservative prelate. [?]

“I said, ‘What do you do with all your time?'” Reid recalled. [What a condescending ass.] “‘I pray a lot.’ That’s what I remember about the conversation.” [If that’s all you remember, then you should retire.]

Smiling, Reid, who lives in [that glittering center of the cultural galaxy] Searchlight, Nev., then declared to The Times: “He’s basically ambassador to Searchlight now.” [Is there a smaller place?  He’s already put Searchlight on the map.  Maybe he should move to Ruth.]

Reid isn’t the only congressional Francis fan.

In March, House Speaker John Boehner invited the pontiff to address a joint session of Congress. [Invitations are pro forma.  By themselves, they mean neither like nor dislike.]

Pope Francis will visit the United States for the first time next September, and is expected to visit Philadelphia and New York.

 

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16 Responses to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV, loser) v. Card. Burke (Elector, classy)

  1. incredulous says:

    The leftist Bishops are doing great harm to our Church by giving these democratic hateful politicians like Reid and Pelosi coverage. Where is Cardinal Weurl defending Christ’s bride? In the end, these democratic politicians have signed the death warrants of millions of helpless children, run roughshod over our democratic voices which say NO to homosexual so-called marriages, push euthanasia and cheerlead doctors killing suicidal patients. One can only begin to surmise that the silence of Weurl and others is simply because they agree with the Democratic platform.

    Now, are there any other real Catholic bishops we can demote? At least the likes of Kasper will never attack African clergy again… but open season on white bishops surely will be extended. Complicated indeed. Much like the “complicated” nature of having a paramour while being in a Catholic marriage.

  2. The Masked Chicken says:

    “[Who knows as much about the Church as I know about organic chemistry…]”

    I am sure to the outsider they make about equal sense, but I suspect you know more, intuitively, about organic chemistry, seeing as how your body is doing organic chemistry, right now. Unlike the Church, however, every living creature is baptized into organic chemistry from conception to death (and even before and after). There is no escape – however, when organic chemistry goes wrong in the body, one gets tumors and disease (rarely, superpowers). [So that’s what did it! I thought it was your world’s yellow sun.] In the Church, when something goes wrong, one gets…well, I’ll leave the reader to fill that in with his own imagination, although, I have yet to see a case where someone got superpowers because the Church did something wrong.

    The Chicken

  3. Jackie L says:

    Sadly, the left, in control of the media, will define everything it can in order to promote its agenda. This is what has happened to Pope Francis(and Cardinal Burke), they refer to Francis the way they refer to “the spirit of Vatican II”. They don’t actually want to learn anything from Francis, or know the contents of the documents of Vatican II, these to them are just tools in the arsenal. [Good point.] IMO to resolve this Francis ought to pray in front of an abortion mill while he’s in the US, or better yet, attend the March for Life one of these years.

  4. acricketchirps says:

    Aw, this is just gonna be pile on Harry Reid until Fr. Jim shows up to take his side.

  5. The Masked Chicken says:

    “[So that’s what did it! I thought it was your world’s yellow sun.]”

    Aren’t you forgetting about the Flash – either Jay Garrick, the original Flash of Earth-2 or Barry Allen, the Flash of Earth-1. They both got their super-speed from chemical accidents.

    The Chicken

  6. Ray says:

    My roots are in St. Louis, Missouri. While in St. Louis as my Archbishop, now Cardinal Burke, was my favorite. The first Cardinal from my town, Cardinal Ritter, was a renowned leader of the American hierarchy. Archbishop/Cardinal Burke surpassed him by leaps and bounds. He stood up for the faith, began the seminary expansion(with an appropriate increase in new seminarians), increased orthodoxy and stability to our Church. Accolades to Cardinal Burke from this Catholic man in St. Louis. For my lifetime, we’ll never have anyone of his stature ever again; I’m not completely unhappy with Archbishop Carlson but he had big shoes to fill. I hope that our God continues to bless Cardinal Burke, and I pray for him daily.

  7. iPadre says:

    Reid and Pelosi, and their entourage had better repent, or some day they will really be demoted!

  8. Paulus says:

    This isn’t news. This is what I expect. Now if the pro-abortion politicians began cozying up to Cardinal Burke, well THAT would be news. Man bites dog news. Hell freezes over news. May God grant us more prelates like Cardinal Burke and fewer politicians like Reid and McCaskill.

  9. Choirgirl says:

    Harry Reid has already been demoted once (and counting) by US voters, I say with a chuckle. Come January, the once powerful Reid will no longer be the Majority Leader of the Senate. I make mention of this fact, chortle-ingly, as I recall the comment Reid made upon the opening of a seperate entrance for visitors to the Capitol Building, namely, that it was a good thing because in the summer the tourists smell.

    I’ll bet the Nevadans in Ruth are too kind and honorable to wish him on the place. With all due respect, the crazy old coot should move his sorry loser butt to Lucky Boy.

  10. ckdexterhaven says:

    Of course the New York Times can’t/won’t be accurate about where Harry Reid lives. Harry Reid may be from Searchlight,NV, but he hasn’t lived there for years. Somehow, on the salary of a “public servant” Harry Reid lives in the penthouse of the DC Ritz Carlton.

  11. Grumpy Beggar says:

    As ignorant and giddy as these types (and the media in general) are about what transpired concerning Cardinal Burke’s new appointment (“complicated” as Fr Z nicely summarized the how and why factors), and for them to gleefully see it as a demotion (that’s one demotion, once a person has learned how to count) and to laugh at Cardinal Burke – at what they perceive to be his misfortune/chastisement, in the media, basically falls into the kicking a man when he is down mentality.

    kdexterhaven says:

    Of course the New York Times can’t/won’t be accurate about where Harry Reid lives. Harry Reid may be from Searchlight,NV, but he hasn’t lived there for years. Somehow, on the salary of a “public servant” Harry Reid lives in the penthouse of the DC Ritz Carlton.

    . . . All the more utterly amazing – that someone who is so in love with all the fancy trimmings should unabashedly profess an even greater fondness for a pope who shuns these very things (“pssst. . . Anybody want to buy a really nice papal limousine, slightly used and becoming more dusty by the day ?”)

    Choirgirl says:

    Harry Reid has already been demoted once (and counting) by US voters, I say with a chuckle. Come January, the once powerful Reid will no longer be the Majority Leader of the Senate. I make mention of this fact, chortle-ingly, as I recall the comment Reid made upon the opening of a seperate entrance for visitors to the Capitol Building, namely, that it was a good thing because in the summer the tourists smell. . .

    lol (actually , I experienced more of a “chuckle out loud”, but there doesn’t seem to be an equivalent acronym for that in internet slang).

    Thanks Choirgirl, I’m enjoying that particular mood. I mean, if people are going to disagree, that’s one thing. But if they want to laugh and deride us – in the media, it kind of makes them fair game for a little taste of their own medicine – right ? How does that maxim go again ?
    . . .”People who live in glass DC Ritz Carlton penthouses . . .on a public servant’s salary . . .[are probably able to do so because the rest of the Democrats took up a voluntary collection to rent a place where they could hide their embarrassments].”

    Choirgirl says:
    I’ll bet the Nevadans in Ruth are too kind and honorable to wish him on the place. With all due respect, the crazy old coot should move his sorry loser butt to Lucky Boy.

    I would have to agree: Lucky Boy appears to be the better choice over Ruth . . . that is, as long as the scorpions don’t object. In this way , he would still give the impression of remaining faithful to the nature of his comments, which obviously are : ruthless.

    iPadre says:
    Reid and Pelosi, and their entourage had better repent, or some day they will really be demoted!

    A nice little dose of tactful Wisdom, iPadre : that eternal demotion which should be of eschatological concern to each of us.

    But their entourage aside a moment, I think there might be more to these Reid and Pelosi similarities than meets the eye (and insults the ears). I’m almost afraid to start digging too far below the surface.
    Let’s consider what we know :

    1.We know that Nancy Pelosi claims to be Catholic, while she publicly and gracelessly champions abortion as if it were a sacrament. She, publicly, is (guess who said this next part) a person who, obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still professes to be a devout Catholic.
    And she has so deluded herself into believing she has some God-given authority to order around bishops ; in a particular way Archbishop George Niederauer .
    Because I don’t have to be as charitable as a bishop in this combox, I might bluntly summarize that behaviour as , technically speaking : a false Catholic, with a penchant for getting on Catholic bishops’ nerves.

    2. We know that Harry Reid claims to be a Mormon – right ? But Mormons believe a lot of what Catholics do when it comes to morals. . . don’t they ? Yet Harry Reid professes that same abysmally warped view of abortion and of gay marriage that Nancy Pelosi both espouses and, um, preaches , telling us that all Americans should be like her (now there’s a frightening thought). But did you know that Harry Reid’s claiming to be Mormon is a major irritant to a Mormon Bishop in LA , who serves as the bishop of the Wilshire Ward and who incidentally, has a backbone ? Mark Paredes maintains that Harry Reid ” is an ’embarrassment’ who isn’t ‘a man of serious religious faith,’ ” and who, because of the Democratic Party positions he publicly champions , “is unworthy to enter the faith’s temples.”

    So, what are we left with ? . . . In précis it looks like one false Catholic and one false Mormon – both of whom exhibit a capacity and distinct tendency to , um , bliss-off their respective bishops.

    That brings up some interesting theories : At first, I thought “cloning !” , (but there appears to be no gene contained in the human genome which would distinguish between Catholic and Mormon – let alone between false Catholic and false Mormon).

    What else could account for such similarities in behaviour ? Maybe Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have a running bet going. Maybe they got together one day and . . .”Okay listen, I’ll do this and say this . . . and you do that and say this . . .and we’ll see which one of us is more successful in blissing-off our bishops . . . [chuckle, chuckle].”

    If it isn’t that, then we’re left with the possibility of it being the result of something contagious. One way to test out this last theory, would be to attend the next major convention which places both of these test subjects in the same room, then, armed with a CD copy of that old classic The Great Pretender , go over to the DJ, and offer him a bribe [chuckle chuckle] to play the song nice and loud. . . while closely monitoring the test subjects to determine whether they impulsively break into dance mode as soon as they hear the song.

    If the test subjects fail to respond in the anticipated manner , the outside possibility remains that said unresponsiveness to stimuli could be attributable to an inherent lack of sensitivity in the test subjects themselves – at which point it would be deemed appropriate to repeat the same experiment using two different test subjects who possess a higher level of sensibility and intelligence . . .I’m thinking either a slug, or a dead toad.

    *chuckle chuckle*

  12. JonPatrick says:

    These public figures that praise Pope Francis are praising a figment of their imagination conjured up by the press, the fluffy PF who is the first Pope to ever kiss a baby and no doubt in time will bring the Church into the modern world, embrace Gay “Marriage” and women priests, etc. once he has eliminated all those nasty old traditionalists. No doubt they have never read his daily homilies where he preaches about evil and the need for confession among other things.

  13. Sconnius says:

    Chicken

    Don’t forget, Wally West got his powers through the same set of events: getting doused with lightning-charged chemicals. :)

  14. Sonshine135 says:

    I’m going to have a nice, long, belly laugh one day when Cardinal Burke is Pope.

  15. LarryW2LJ says:

    “Sen. Harry Reid v. Card. Burke”

    Not even a contest!

  16. The Masked Chicken says:

    “Don’t forget, Wally West got his powers through the same set of events: getting doused with lightning-charged chemicals. :)”

    The CW TV series Flash is more Wally West than Barry Allen. DC keeps changing their continuity. It used to be that Barry Allen could run at the speed of light. This modern version tops out at slightly over 800 miles per hour.

    Speaking of the bad effects of organic chemistry, I have only two words to say: the Joker.

    The Chicken