KNews Headlines Feb 8, 2019

KNews Headlines Feb 8, 2019
 
Trump @ 2019 National Prayer Breakfast
The FAKE NEWS MEDIA was all a flutter yesterday over an apparent gaffe in President Trump’s speech to a bi-partisan group gathered at this annual event. Rather than choosing to focus on the positive, liberal pundits go low once again.
 
What could have been written off as simply a teleprompter error, or a non-Freudian slip of the tongue that didn’t carry any loaded or symbolic meaning, sparked an abundance of negative reporting. President Trump’s critics, and multitudes on social media, did not appear willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
 
During the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump was talking about the role religion has played in American equality movements, but he didn’t quite get all the words out right. “Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides, from gaining our independence to abolition of civil rights to extending the vote for women, have been led by people of faith,” he said.
 
When Koinonia News heard those words, we immediately understood that the president missed inserting a verbal comma, or pause long enough between “abolition” and “civil rights.” Our first thought was that Trump was going to get lambasted for this one. The liberal press did not disappoint on this observation.
 
On the positive side, the President’s opening remarked that he “will not disappoint” his conservative, religious base. Trump has been working to fulfill that promise since he took office. From Trump’s inauguration, up until today, he has been a consistent voice for religious liberty and moral values — especially towards Life-Issues.
 
Criticism aside, Trump’s commitment to conservative Christian values rang pretty true.  Trump echoed that Slavery ended when the 13th Amendment was passed in 1865. The abolition movement, the Associated Press noted, was led by Christian preachers in the North, while “churches in the slaveholding South were mostly silent in the years leading up to the Civil War, or actively supported slavery as consistent with their interpretation of the Bible.” The civil rights movement also involved both white and black faith leaders.
 
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NEW International Catholic Confederation (ICC) Intolerant Regarding Abuse.
The ICC, co-founded by the Catholic Church in America (CCIA), has as one of its fundamental teachings that the protection of children and other vulnerable members is of primary importance.
 
In light of continuing revelations of covering up clergy sexual abuse among Roman Catholic Bishops, ICC founding archbishop, Michael Callahan explained today that their fringe Catholic sect doesn’t tolerate child abuse or sexual assault of anyone. 
 
While this new “Confederation considers themselves to be FULLY Catholic, they are NOT under the authority of the Church in Rome. In that understanding, according to Callahan, the ICC has a mandate that all clergy (bishops included) and church employees are considered “mandatory reporters.” “This position even extends into the confessional,” Callahan noted. According to bishop Callahan, their Church takes their positions of orthodoxy to the period of time prior to the “Great Schism of the year 1070.” Students of Church history will recognize this a the point where the churches of the East and West split over both theological issues and machinations by the Roman Patriarchy for ecclesiastical dominance.
“In our understanding of Church history,” Continued Callahan, “what has become known as the ‘seal of confession’ was a 13th century innovation, and therefore not applicable to those who look towards an earlier deposit of faith.”  Read More
 
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The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily put on hold a state law restricting Louisiana abortion providers.
The law, which was set to take effect Feb. 4, requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles radius of their clinic.
Late Feb. 1, the court announced it would temporarily keep the state’s law on hold until Feb. 7.
In a brief order, Justice Samuel Alito said the justices needed more time to review the documentation on arguments for and against the law, Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, which requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
Three years ago the Supreme Court struck down similar legislation in Texas, saying the admitting-privileges requirement and other standards put on abortion clinics “provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so.”
If the court takes up the Louisiana law it could come up with an entirely different decision based on the makeup of the current court, now with two justices on the bench appointed by President Donald Trump: Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Both sides on the abortion debate will be playing close attention to what the court does: If it sticks to its own precedent or not.
In defending its requirement for abortion providers — supported 2-1 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit — the state of Louisiana says its law would not have the impact that similar legislation would have had in Texas, mainly because there is no evidence that an abortion clinic would close in Louisiana as the result of the law. 
Rachel Morrison, counsel for Americans United for Life, a pro-life advocacy group in Washington, said that for the Supreme Court to put this law on hold while the case is being appealed, there must be a “reasonable probability” that the court will agree to take the case and ultimately find the law unconstitutional.
 
 
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Ford is investing $1 billion to expand its production in Chicago and adding 500 jobs, in anticipation of this year’s launch of three new SUVs — the Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility and Lincoln Aviator. The jobs will bring the total number of workers at its Chicago plants to 5,800. Simultaneously, the company is undergoing an $11 billion overhaul that will include workforce cuts. General Motors is also making cuts to its workforce in the U.S. and Canada. 
 
Sears Sale Approved for for $5.2 billion
After months of speculation surrounding Sears’ fate, a federal judge has given the iconic U.S. retailer a fresh start. Judge Robert Drain approved the company’s sale to the hedge fund of its chairman — Eddie Lampert — for $5.2 billion. Sears filed for bankruptcy protection in October and appeared to be on the brink of liquidation before Lampert’s ESL Investments made an offer. The sale will result in 425 Sears stores staying open, as well as 45,000 people keeping their jobs.
 
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The Food and Drug Administration is putting Walgreens “on notice” over illegal tobacco sales to minors. The federal agency said 22% of the 6,350 Walgreens stores inspected had illegally sold tobacco products to underaged customers. One of the chain’s stores in Miami will be blocked from selling tobacco for 30 days. The FDA said it’s considering other actions against Walgreens, which responded by saying it would enact changes to prevent such illegal sales. 
 
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North Carolina-based BB&T is acquiring SunTrust Banks for $28.3 billion in a deal that will create America’s sixth-largest bank. The combined entity, valued at $66 billion, is set to be finalized by the fourth quarter of this year. The new company will count approximately 10 million households as customers, as well as $442 billion in assets, per TheStreet.com. The merger is the biggest the banking industry has seen since the 2008 financial crisis.
 
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Faith Matters
Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it.” Saint John of the Cross
 
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Daily Word
 
FIRST READING
 
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels. Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment, and of the ill-treated as of yourselves, for you also are in the body. Let marriage be honored among all and the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge the immoral and adulterers. Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you. Thus we may say with confidence: 
 
The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me? 
Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
 
GOSPEL
 
King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; That is why mighty powers are at work in him.” Others were saying, “He is Elijah”; still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.” But when Herod learned of it, he said, “It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.” Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so. Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him. Herodias had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee. His own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.” He even swore many things to her, “I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” Her mother replied, “The head of John the Baptist.” The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, “I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison. He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
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MICHAEL CALLAHAN

Michael Callahan is the Presiding Archbishop of the Catholic Church in America as well as the International Catholic Confederation. Bishop Callahan is also the founder of Koinonia News and has been a conservative blogger for several years.

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