Monday 1st of March 2021

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Biden signs executive order reestablishing White House faith office

The order reappoints Melissa Rogers, who headed the office under President Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON (RNS) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Sunday (Feb. 14) reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, undoing former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reshape an agency that went largely unstaffed for most of his tenure.

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“It’s configured very differently than it was in the Trump years, a little bit differently than it was during the Obama-Biden administration,” Rogers told Religion News Service in an interview Monday.

Among the new aspects of what the Biden White House is calling the “Partnerships Office,” Rogers said, are her seat on the Policy Council and the creation of a deputy director.

The office’s deputy director will be Josh Dickson, who ran faith outreach for the Biden-Harris campaign. Trey Baker, who worked as the national director of African American Engagement on Biden’s campaign, will serve as the White House office’s liaison to Black communities, a role that includes Black religious groups.

Dickson, who, along with Rogers, officially started his job on Sunday, said in the same interview that he and Rogers are seeking to enhance existing collaborations between government and faith organizations to address the COVID-19 pandemic.“We’re currently developing materials that we’re working on getting out far and wide that just share information and facts about the vaccine and that help provide great resources for COVID education,” he said.

Besides fighting the pandemic, the office will focus its efforts on helping disadvantaged communities, advancing global humanitarian work, strengthening pluralism and protecting “cherished guarantees of church-state separation and freedom for people of all faiths and none.”

Rogers said the office would also work with religious and secular partners to address inequities in economic and educational opportunities.
Rogers also opposed Trump administration plans to remove the requirement that faith-based social service providers offer a secular alternative to people seeking their assistance.

“You can’t benefit from protections you don’t know you have,” she tweeted in January 2020. “The religious liberty of social service beneficiaries is as important as the religious liberty of faith-based providers.”

Rogers came to Biden’s defense in August when she said Trump made “wild assertions” about the former vice president during the 2020 campaign. She said the claims by Trump that Biden would have a “no religion, no anything” approach to faith if he became president “could not be more wrong.”

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All this religious good intent, of couse, is worth ZIP, nothing, CRAP until ASSANGE IS OUT OF PRISON. 


'Release' Alexei Navalny, European Court of Human Rights tells Russia

The Kremlin critic was arrested on his return to Russia from Germany in January. He is serving time in prison, following a trial that Navalny dismissed as a tool to silence him.


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No point asking to release anybody or pray to godot, UNTIL ASSANGE IS FREE...


Any demands to political dodahs and prayers to god have to include the release of Julian assange.

too orthodox?

The U.S. Catholic Church is still trying to figure out how it should position itself in the face of President Biden’s initiatives. It is not so much a question of doubting the good intentions behind his executive orders on climate or immigrants, but rather of not allowing itself to be manipulated for political ends.

Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a long letter calling on the faithful to support new President Biden, but warning them of his approach to various ethical issues such as abortion and marriage.

Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago and close to Pope Francis, immediately qualified this text as "ill-considered" and lamented that it was not coordinated within the Conference. Several bishops and another cardinal then made a public statement, disclosing the internal debate which is rattling the leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church.

Such a crisis is without precedent since the 1980s.

HH Pope Francis, who clearly supported Joe Biden during his electoral campaign, gave a private audience at the Vatican to Cardinal Cupich, whose pastoral line he endorses. He spoke on the phone with Mgr. Gomez whose line he had, in private, characterized as "too orthodox."

Although the Holy See seems satisfied to have helped a Catholic gain entry to the White House, it is nevertheless wary of the initiatives that he might take.

This crisis delayed by two weeks Joe Biden’s restoration of the Office for Faith-Based Initiatives (renamed the White House’s Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood-Based Partnerships) which should have been created upon his taking office.


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