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Catholic Bishops Want to Deny Biden Holy Communion; Republicans are Putting Bounties on Pregnant Women; Doctor in Florida Linked to Assassination of The President of Haiti; Paris Hilton’s Cooking Show Focus on Her “Lack” of Culinary Skills; Jon Bon Jovi Works as Dishwasher at His Non-Profit Community Restaurant

Catholic Bishops Want to Deny Joe Biden Holy Communion

When Joe Biden attended church in October 2019 while campaigning in South Carolina, he was denied communion in St Anthony’s Catholic church. Father Robert Morey later revealed why he had to deny Biden: “Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of church teaching.”

Numerous bishops in the United States desire to formalize this type of activity. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted on June 18th to develop a statement on the “meaning of the eucharist in the life of the church.” It might allow bishops to forbid Catholic politicians who support abortion from receiving communion.

Biden is the country’s second Catholic President, following John F. Kennedy. As with several other previous presidents, including George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, he is a devout Christian. He often attended church and even pondered a career as a priest. Having such a committed Catholic in the White House elevates the stakes for the conservative wing of the American church.

Michael Pfeifer, a retired Texas bishop, compared Biden’s policy to “infanticide.”

According to a Pew Research Center poll, two-thirds of American Catholics believe Biden should be permitted to receive communion. The vote demonstrates the chasm that exists between the church hierarchy and its followers. Nonetheless, this is of little concern to some conservative bishops.

It is uncommon for someone to be denied the eucharist. When John Kerry ran for President in 2004, some bishops attempted but failed to refuse him communion. The most recent controversy has exacerbated the schism between the American church and Rome. The Vatican published a letter advising American bishops to exercise restraint. They disregarded it. Meanwhile, politicians who support the death penalty, which Pope Francis wishes to abolish, are not sanctioned by the church.

John Carr, a former Conference spokesman who is now a professor at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, argues that “we would all be better off if the bishops walked away from using the eucharist as a punishment.”

Republican Lawmakers in Texas are Putting Bounties on Pregnant Women, Says MSNBC’s Joy Reid

Reid, the host of MSNBC’s “The Reid Out,” shared an opinion piece by Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin on Monday. The op-ed,  “Republicans Now Stand for Lawlessness and Disorder,” slammed Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas for signing an abortion ban.

“This is a law designed not to ‘protect life’ (a farce, given that protecting innocent life had taken a back seat when covid-19 restrictions were at issue), but rather to create fear and uncertainty for women and healthcare providers,” Rubin wrote. “Will miscarriages lead to a lawsuit from a nosy office worker seeking to cash in on the reward? Will abortion bounties become a weapon in divorce and custody cases? No one knows — and that is the point. The law seeks not to protect the fetus in any systematic way but rather to intimidate women, making them into cash cows for spiteful anti-choice busybodies.”

Reid reposted Rubin’s tweet and added her own commentary on the issue.

“So now Texas Republicans are putting bounties on pregnant women. I almost hate to ask what this benighted party will think of next,” she said. “This is Talibanism. Are Texas conservatives going to be spying on women of childbearing age and turning them in for the bounties?”

The comment about “abortion bounties” refers to a provision in the bill that allows private citizens, including those from outside Texas, to sue private doctors or clinics for providing abortions outside the six-week ban and recover financial damages of up to $10,000 per defendant if the lawsuit is successful. This lawsuit is not directed against women who have undergone abortions.

Rubin has criticized recent legislative moves in Texas to enact voting reform, asserting that they “have everything to do with making democracy as arduous as possible for those with the fewest resources.”

“In short, Republicans are taking refuge in Kafkaesque rule-making that empowers individuals and state authorities to harass, intimidate and confuse Americans attempting to exercise their fundamental rights.” Rubin surmised. “The law becomes a partisan tool to wage against opponents and to further otherwise unpopular social objectives (e.g., criminalizing abortion).”

Prominent Doctor in Florida Linked to Assassination of The President of Haiti

A Haitian doctor with long-standing ties to South Florida has been linked to the assassination of President Jovenel Moise of Haiti last week. According to the Miami Herald, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, who has lived in Florida on and off for more than two decades, is suspected of being one of the hit squad’s ringleaders.

Sanon is the third person of Haitian ancestry and resident of Florida to be identified as involved in the assassination, the Herald reported. The two others – James Solages, 35, and Joseph Vincent, 55, admitted under interrogation that the assassination was part of a scheme to install Sanon as Haiti’s new president.

They stated that the goal was not to assassinate Moise but to present him with a 2019 arrest warrant and transport him to the presidential palace, where Sanon would assume his place.

In an interview with the Herald, Haiti National Police Chief Leon Charles stated that the conspiracy involved “two Haitian Americans and a high-profile doctor there,” but did not name Sanon. “I would say that the Haitian (doctor) recruited the men, who in turn signed up a group of Colombian nationals for the operations,” the Police said.

A total of 26 people carried out the attack, 19 of whom are now in custody, and the remainder were slain during a police raid. Officials described the assassins as well-trained “foreign mercenaries,” with the assassination further destabilizing the politically unstable nation.

Moise, 53, was killed in his house by a group of armed men posing as US Drug Enforcement Administration officials. Martine Moise, 47, the first lady of Haiti, was gravely injured in the incident.

According to the Herald, Sanon has registered more than a dozen businesses in Florida over the years, including medical services, energy, and real estate firms, although most of these are now inactive.

Sanon describes himself as a doctor, but the outlet could not find a medical license record for him in Florida. According to court records, Sanon filed for bankruptcy in Tampa in 2013 and lost a property in Brandon to foreclosure with debts totaling more than $400,000.

Paris Hilton’s Cooking Show on Netflix Will Focus on Her “Lack” of Culinary Skills

As ill-advised as it may be, Netflix has invited you to join Paris Hilton in the kitchen. Paris Hilton’s upcoming Netflix cooking show will focus on her “lack” of cooking abilities.

On Monday, Netflix confirmed the August 4 launch date for Cooking With Paris. Of course, Hilton is not particularly well-known for her culinary prowess, and the six-part series will instead focus on her “lack” of culinary abilities. 

Neither party, however, believes the upcoming show, “Cooking with Paris,” would feature gourmet fare. Rather, they appear to be betting on it being something of a can’t-look-away disaster, similar to her famous culinary video from January 2020.

According to Netflix, “Cooking with Paris” would see the heiress demonstrating her “very newly domesticated side and welcoming us into her kitchen while she learns to sauté, sear and zest.”

“She’s not a trained chef and she’s not trying to be,” a press release says. “With the help of her celebrity friends, she navigates new ingredients, new recipes and exotic kitchen appliances. Inspired by her viral YouTube video, Paris will take us from the grocery store to the finished table spread – and she might actually learn her way around the kitchen.”

Hilton appears on the cover of the program wearing a hot pink gown with a bow on the front and holding her dog in one hand and a pink icing-covered whisk in the other.

In May 2020, the reality star revealed to PEOPLE that she has been recording new episodes and even hinted at a possible comeback. “There’s going to be more coming out very soon,” she said. “The last one I just did was with my sister [Nicky Hilton Rothschild] — we cooked different party hors d’oeuvres like Jell-O shots and nachos.”

And those of you who prefer a physical copy of her recipes — such as the “famous lasagna” from the first episode of “Cooking with Paris” — are in luck. Hilton announced in May that she is also working on her own cookbook, which was initially scheduled for release later this year but was postponed.

August 4 marks the beginning of the six-episode season.

Rockstar Jon Bon Jovi Works as Dishwasher at His Non-Profit Community Restaurant During the Pandemic

When rock band Bon Jovi postponed their summer tour due to the global pandemic, frontman Jon Bon Jovi wasted no time directing his attention to those in need in his own neighborhood. Diners at his JBJ Soul Kitchen in New Jersey pay a monetary donation that covers both their meal and a meal for someone in need.

However, because of previous COVID-19 restrictions, the restaurant operated by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation was only permitted to remain open for takeout. Without its regular volunteer base, the kitchen operations survived with the help of the rock star dishwasher.

“There’s an in-need population here in New Jersey who depend on us,” Bon Jovi told CNN in April. “Hence, the All-Star Hall of Fame dishwasher is back in business.”

Bon Jovi volunteered five days a week until the restaurant entered phase two and allowed seated customers. Throughout the restaurant’s 13-week takeout period, it served over 7,800 to-go meals to individuals, families, community partners, and frontline workers.

At one time, Dorothea Bon Jovi photographed him washing dishes for social media. “Do what you can,” it was captioned.

The caption prompted him to write a song and invite fans worldwide to contribute as well.

“The songwriter in me came out, and I wrote the song ‘If You Can’t Do What You Do, You Do What You Can,'” he said. “I knew that people from all walks of life would have their stories to tell, so I invited them to write me a verse.”

Through lyrics about missed graduations, concerns, togetherness, and health, Bon Jovi has connected with and shared experiences with fans and musicians worldwide.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to stay in touch with people around the world and just let them know that I’m thinking of them,” he said. “It’s a reminder that, even if you can’t do what you do, you do what you can.”

Now that New Jersey has entered the second stage of its reopening plan, JBJ Soul Kitchen has reverted to its pay-it-forward strategy, continuing to provide delectable meals with dignity.

“Our desire is to make sure that anyone who needs a meal knows that they can come and see us,” Bon Jovi said, “and we’ll provide them with that nutritious meal.”