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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:32 PM

Why can't we get Sister Simone Campbell for the Benediction??

Last edited Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:25 PM - Edit history (1)

Sister Simone Campbell



It seems too obvious, so there must be a reason.

She could bring the Nuns on the Bus with her to the podium.

EDITED TO ADD:

Here is the contact page for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013
http://www.2013pic.org/contact

e-mailto:questions@2013pic.org

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Reply Why can't we get Sister Simone Campbell for the Benediction?? (Original post)
OmahaBlueDog Jan 2013 OP
hedgehog Jan 2013 #1
patrice Jan 2013 #2
AndyA Jan 2013 #3
OmahaBlueDog Jan 2013 #10
MgtPA Jan 2013 #4
OmahaBlueDog Jan 2013 #5
MgtPA Jan 2013 #9
LeftofObama Jan 2013 #6
Cha Jan 2013 #7
OmahaBlueDog Jan 2013 #12
Isoldeblue Jan 2013 #14
Cha Jan 2013 #15
hamsterjill Jan 2013 #8
moondust Jan 2013 #11
OriginalGeek Jan 2013 #13
DavidDvorkin Jan 2013 #26
OneGrassRoot Jan 2013 #16
oldhippydude Jan 2013 #17
TxDemChem Jan 2013 #18
ReRe Jan 2013 #19
warrprayer Jan 2013 #20
randome Jan 2013 #21
FiveGoodMen Jan 2013 #22
rhett o rick Jan 2013 #23
frylock Jan 2013 #24
Chan790 Jan 2013 #25
OmahaBlueDog Jan 2013 #27

Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:35 PM

1. Works for me!

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:55 PM

2. KICK!

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:03 PM

3. Great idea! Send it to The White House... n/t

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Response to AndyA (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:17 PM

10. I just did!

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Response to MgtPA (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:06 PM

5. Great minds think alike!

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:13 PM

9. Back atcha!

I love Sr. Simone.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:09 PM

6. Excellent choice! n/t

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:11 PM

7. Get it to the Inaugural Committee!

Addie Whisenant of the Presidential Inaugural Committee said in a statement:

We were not aware of Pastor Giglioís past comments at the time of his selection and they donít reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural. Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part for his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administrationís vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.


http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/01/10/1429501/anti-gay-pastor-removed-from-inaugural-program/

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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:22 PM

12. HERE IS WHO WE NEED TO CONTACT

http://www.2013pic.org/contact

mailto:questions@2013pic.org


Thanks Cha!

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:19 PM

14. Thanks!

I just tweeted there to have Sister Simone do the prayer. That is an excellent idea.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:23 PM

15. Thanks for the Contact to the Inaugural Committee, OmahaBlueDog!

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:12 PM

8. Wonderful idea!!

She would be awesome.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:19 PM

11. Yes!!

Good idea!

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:25 PM

13. Why does there have to be any benediction?

I'll be glad when people no longer need all this nunsense.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 08:30 PM

26. Yes. We should be talking about getting rid of the benediction

not about who will be giving it.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:24 PM

16. Brilliant! K&R

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:52 PM

17. i asked for objections

they said Nun

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:56 PM

18. She is wonderful

I am not religious but she after seeing the work she and her sisters are doing, I don't think there is a better choice

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:57 PM

19. Exactly! Why not?

Nuns on a Bus! They really did a wonderful thing, exposing little Lyin Ryan last year during the campaign. Surely the Inauguration Committee has a list to choose from, and she must be on it. Wonder when they will announce it? Maybe by Friday?

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 06:57 PM

20. Because Nuns don't write

big campaign checks

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:04 PM

21. I'm not one to be afraid of power.

But since Campbell is not in 'good graces' with the Catholic Hierarchy, I doubt they would approve. And subsequently, a lot of Catholics would see it as a fork in the eye of the Pope.

Which also I wouldn't mind but that's beside the point.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:12 PM

22. OR ...

Why should there be a benediction at a ceremony for government that is supposed to have separation of church and state?

Not knocking Sister Simone here, but the whole thing is wrong from the get-go.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:42 PM

23. Are you series???? We'll be lucky not to get Pat Robertson. nm

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:44 PM

24. word up!

this atheist is totally down with Sister Simone!

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:51 PM

25. Doctrinally, as a Catholic...she can't. More to the point, I don't think she would be willing to.

It may pass muster with the WH but benediction (the giving of a blessing) would be viewed by the church as conducting a religious service.

Nuns may not conduct religious services, only members of the clergy can. Full stop. End of story. Setting aside the objections of DUers to the inherent sexism of the church, the doctrinal tenets of the faith are important to practicing Catholics and certainly more-so to anybody who has demonstrated dedication to them by taking religious vows such as Sister Simone has.

What you're suggesting is something that not only would infuriate the Vatican and the USCCB, it's something that many Catholics including presumably Sister Simone would consider a blasphemy. I'd love to have her involved and support any effort to draw attention to her work, but that involvement must respect her religious values.

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #25)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:28 PM

27. With respect, I disagree

Nobody is asking her to administer a sacrament (marriage, communion, absolution, etc.). She's also not being asked to conduct a Mass. She's actually not being asked to bless any one or any thing. She's being asked to offer a prayer. In my view, it's no different than if I asked the Nuns on the Bus over to my house for supper, and asked Sr. Simone to say Grace. It's not terribly different than if there were a group of Catholics she were leading in saying the Rosary.

As for the Vatican and the USCCB: we have two different topics there. The Vatican is a nation state with severe credit problems at the moment. I suspect they'd welcome any chance to engage The Church with President Obama in a positive way. They didn't object, for example, when he spoke at Notre Dame. The USCCB is another topic. That said, they didn't object when she spoke at the DNC (granted, she didn't pray), and they let Dolan give the benediction there (which I would not suggest we allow again for a moment).

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