#FeelTheBern Invited on #VaticanTrip! Props to Pope & Morning Joe! 4/8/16 News
Three Outstanding segments! Sermon on the Mount: Props to Pope, Morning Joe MSNBC 4/8 and #FeeltheBern making my day. #PlantYourDreamBlog Leslie Goldman Watch more here: http://on.msnbc.com/1UMXo6V
1. SHORT VERSION ABOUT #VATICANTRIP INVITE
2. EXPANDING VERSION ABOUT #VATICANTRIP
3. HERE’S HOW I WOULD BREAK UP BANKS, GUN CONTROL STANCE
9 minutes. http://on.msnbc.com/22hwLGa
MY TAKE: IGNITING THE YOUTH
IGNITING THE YOUTH #PLANTYOURDREAMBLOG
“This is the true myth of America. she starts old,
old wrinkled and writhing in an old skin. And there is
a gradual sloughing off of the old skin,
towards a new youth. It is the myth of America.”
–D.H. Lawrence, Studies in Classical American Literature
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NEW YORK TIMES
April 8, 2016
Further confusion about the trip bubbled up on Friday afternoon when the Vatican press office made clear that it had not issued the invitation, but that it had come from the academy. It said that there was no indication that Mr. Sanders would meet with Francis.
Meanwhile, Margaret Archer, the academy’s president, told Bloomberg News that Mr. Sanders had actively solicited the invitation for political purposes.
“Sanders made the first move, for the obvious reasons,” Ms. Archer said. “I think in a sense he may be going for the Catholic vote, but this is not the Catholic vote, and he should remember that and act accordingly — not that he will.”
But hours later, Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, a senior papal official and the academy’s chancellor, denied that Mr. Sanders had invited himself to the event. He told Reuters that it was his idea to invite the senator.
At the end of a week of rising tension between Mr. Sanders and Hillary Clinton, the Clinton campaign appeared to relish the situation. Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, gleefully re-posted a report on Twitter indicating that the Vatican was angered by its dealings with Mr. Sanders.
Press Gets Involved….
I feel we are puppets….who is pulling our strings and why?
April 8. 2016
Archer, an English social scientist appointed the head the pontifical academy in 2014, said that while she “quite liked” Sanders’s program on paper, his failure to contact her first is a breach of protocol. “The president of the academy organizing this event has not been contacted with monumental discourtesy,” she said, referring to herself.
Sanders “made the first move two or three days ago,” Archer said. She did not know whom he or his representatives contacted. “His use of it is clearly a pretext,” she said. “There are just 20 academics and there will be nothing of policy relevance.”
However Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Academy, speaking on the phone from New York, said he extended the invitation to Sanders, though he repeatedly declined to say who initiated the contact.
“We are interested in having him because we have two presidents coming from Latin America. I thought it would be good to have an authoritative voice from North America,” Sanchez Sorondo said. Asked when the invitation was extended, he said, “Quite some time ago.”
Archer didn’t respond to subsequent phone and e-mail requests from Bloomberg News for a response to Sanchez Sorondo’s remarks.
A copy of the invitation to Sanders provided by the chancellor’s office is dated March 30 and signed by Sanchez Sorondo. The letter says he’s inviting the senator “on behalf of” Archer and the conference organizers.
An announcement about Sanders’s participation, also under Sanchez Sorondo’s name, was released early Friday.
Bolivian President Evo Morales and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa are listed as speakers at the event on the academy’s website. Sanders isn’t listed as a speaker.
Sanders, who has made economic disparities the centerpiece of his campaign, earlier on Friday said, “This is an invitation from the Vatican, from a pope that I have enormous respect for in term of the level of consciousness that he’s raising on the need to have morality in our economy.”