H.RES 689: WHEREAS … Network, the LCWR, and the Nuns On The Bus go ’round and ’round;

Over at FishwrapI understand from Fishwrap that some members of the 112th Congress’ 2nd session have introduced a resolution in support of Catholic sisters!

Exciting, I know.

The House Resolution conflates all Catholic sisters in the USA with the leadership of certain groups of sisters who belong to Network or the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (a subsidiary of the Magisterium of Nuns and made up only of the leaders of groups of religious, not all the sisters in the groups).

It is hard to imagine that anyone can be so thick after all the debate, but – hey! – this is Congress we are talking about!

You can read proposed House Resolution 689 HERE.

It is sponsored by:

Ms. DELAURO [pro-abortion catholic Dem] (for herself, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. HIGGINS, Mr. CARDOZA, Mrs. CAPPS, Ms. MCCOLLUM, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. RYAN of Ohio, Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, and Ms. ESHOO) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

“But Father! But Father!”, you may be trying to say. “House Resolutions are really really really important!  Aren’t they?  This is a huge deal!”

Indeed.  What other causes are the objects of House Resolutions?

I looked around at some other House Resolutions and found these:

  • 2009 House Bill 1243: To provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Arnold Palmer in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in golf.
  • 2009 House Resolution 210: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that providing breakfast in schools through the National School Breakfast Program has a positive impact on classroom performance.
  • 2009 H.Res. 110 Congratulating the National Football League champion Pittsburgh Steelers for winning Super Bowl XLIII and becoming the most successful franchise in NFL history with their record 6th Super Bowl title
  • 2009 H.RES.600 Whereas we today mourn with and send our condolences to the children that Michael Jackson left behind: Prince Michael, Paris Michael, and Prince Michael II and his mother, father, brothers, and sisters: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives– (1) recognizes Michael Jackson as a global humanitarian and a noted leader in the fight against worldwide hunger and medical crises; and (2) celebrates Michael Jackson as an accomplished contributor to the worlds of arts and entertainment, scientific advances in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, and global food security.
  • 2009 H.RES.63 : Supporting the goals and ideals of the Knights of Pythias.
  • 2011 H.RES.56 : Congratulating the Florida International University Golden Panthers for the school’s first Bowl victory.
  • 2009 H.RES.68 : Supporting the goals and ideals of “Hockey is For Everyone Month”.
  • 2011 H.CON.RES.41 : Expressing support for designation of the third Saturday in April as “National Auctioneers Day”.
  • 2011 H.CON.RES.54 : Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece.

So, H. RES. 689 is right up there on the list of things to do.

I hope they have a vote on H.RES. 689 right away!

I am reminded of the scene in The West Wing when Leo and his lawyer are jousting about the importance of a resolution about Pres. Bartlett:

It’s a non-binding resolution. Do you know what that means?
No, could you tell me, ’cause I’ve really started to take an interest in government lately.
Do you know how much force and effect it has?
None. No force and effect. The following is a sampling of non-binding joint resolutions from the 106th Congress.
I have a meeting.
A resolution in support of Ohio’s state motto. A resolution fostering friendship and cooperation with the people of Mongolia.
I have a meeting.
A resolution recognizing the contributions of Bristol, Tennese, to the development of country music.
I’m sorry, I have a budget meeting.
A resolution in support of Little League baseball.
A resolution recogniz…

So, let’s have more resolutions!

Could we perhaps get Cong. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to introduce one praising the NUNS ON THE BUS?

WHEREAS … the Nuns On The Bus go ’round and ’round;

So! What would be your reasons?

“WHEREAS… ” X; ?

Think about your contribution to the cause while sipping some Mystic Monk Iced Tea or Coffee!

Refresh your supply now!

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  1. HyacinthClare says:

    I miss West Wing.

  2. acardnal says:

    I’m sure Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will sponsor it, too.

  3. irishgirl says:

    I was looking at the examples of past resolutions here, and they range from the sublime and deserving (Arnold Palmer, Pittsburgh Steelers) to the ridiculous and non-deserving (Michael Jackson and LCWR).
    Wow–and Congress wonders why Americans hold them in contempt.
    @ HyacinthClare: Yeah, I kind of miss West Wing too. But they talked so fast and so low at times I could barely understand what was being said….

  4. Indulgentiam says:

    –112th CONGRESS–National Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 510, designating the month of June 2012 as “National Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month”. —-
    The same month chosen to “honor” the “nuns on the bus” is Herpes awareness month. There…nope, i’ll leave it there :|

  5. majuscule says:

    Anna Eshoo, supposed Catholic…better make that catholic.

    Rated 100% by NARAL.

    Right there beside the nuns!

    Anna is my supposed representative. Voicing my opinion has always proved fruitless. Well, at least she is devoting her time to this important resolution rather than some other mischief.

  6. Adam Welp says:

    Ugh…I hope a true Catholic rep. calls this BS out for what it truly is. I love the sisters with all my heart but this nonsense has got to stop. The leaders of the LCWR and their members that have gone off the reservation need to be corrected by the only body that has authority, this side of heaven at least. All this nonsense flows from the mysterious “Spirit of V2” that lurks around our church like the Not Me character in the Family Circus cartoon. Which is more important, the actual Holy Spirit or the “Spirit of V2”? For some, I believe the latter is more important than any part of the Trinity let alone the Holy Spirit.

    Thus endith the rant.

  7. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Whereas the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is a persecuted minority within the Catholic Church; and

    Whereas the Catholic Church is a stumbling block to the progress of modern society; and

    Whereas the Leadership Conference of Women Religious represents an alternate teaching voice of the catholic church;

    Now therefore be it resolved that this House finds the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to be an exemplary organization, in the finest traditions of American protests, minority rights’ organizations and religiously tolerant groups;

    Be it further resolved that some portion of the tax revenue, currently not collected by the IRS but soon to be collected, on properties owned by the “Catholic” church, be diverted to allow public financing of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.

    On the other hand, isn’t this West Wing episode the one in which Leo McGarry eventually decides that a resolution against the President would be a bad thing?

  8. mitdub says:

    our Imperial Highness — “Pass this resolution. Get it to my desk. And I will sign it — RIGHT AWAY!

  9. poohbear says:

    Doesn’t this violate their version of separation of church and state?

  10. disco says:

    Whereas it’s the fourth next week and we don’t feel like working anymore…

  11. Charles E Flynn says:
  12. Rev. Mr. Stephen says:

    I don’t have a creative suggestion to follow the “Whereas,” but my favorite part of the entire document is in the sponsorship section, where it states “of Ohio” following Mr. Ryan’s name. If ever there should be an “emphasis in original” in a House Resolution, it should be on those two words.

  13. Johnno says:

    I’m pretty sure that if we dig deep enough we’ll discover that George Soros is funneling money to them too…

  14. kbf says:

    We have them in the UK too. They are called Early Day Motions and as such they are never voted upon, so can go from the sublime to the ridiculous.

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