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.