Friday Short Takes on President Biden

Joe Biden Signing Executive Orders January 20,2021

Well that didn’t last long. President Biden called for unity in his inauguration speech.

Excerpt:

To overcome these challenges – to restore the soul and to secure the future of America – requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity. Unity. In another January in Washington, on New Year’s Day 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. When he put pen to paper, the President said, “If my name ever goes down into history it will be for this act and my whole soul is in it.” My whole soul is in it. Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this:Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.

I really wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. Every new president deserves a chance. But he really blew it by signing this executive order on day one:

Many women see this as a War on Women, and an end to women’s sports. Amy Welborn has some insight on the issue here (she includes a link to a radical feminist group) and here .

Rod Dreher has addressed the issue here.

Then there is this (Hat Tip Rod Dreher) :

President Biden wants to unite the people of this country? Really?

On a more positive note the Us Bishops have issued a statement on the inauguration of President Biden. It is a much stronger statement than I anticipated.

Excerpt:

At the same time, as pastors, the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider society and culture. So, I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.

Our commitments on issues of human sexuality and the family, as with our commitments in every other area — such as abolishing the death penalty or seeking a health care system and economy that truly serves the human person — are guided by Christ’s great commandment to love and to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, especially the most vulnerable.

For the nation’s bishops, the continued injustice of abortion remains the “preeminent priority.” Preeminent does not mean “only.” We have deep concerns about many threats to human life and dignity in our society. But as Pope Francis teaches, we cannot stay silent when nearly a million unborn lives are being cast aside in our country year after year through abortion.

Abortion is a direct attack on life that also wounds the woman and undermines the family. It is not only a private matter, it raises troubling and fundamental questions of fraternity, solidarity, and inclusion in the human community. It is also a matter of social justice. We cannot ignore the reality that abortion rates are much higher among the poor and minorities, and that the procedure is regularly used to eliminate children who would be born with disabilities.

Do read the whole statement here.

Have a blessed weekend. Please pray for Bishops, priests and deacons. Things are going to get pretty turbulent on the Barque of Peter.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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