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Rhode Island Priest Refuses Communion to Politicians Who Voted for Baby Killing Bill

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A Rhode Island priest recently declared that he would prevent state officials from receiving Communion if they voted for a pro-abortion bill from last year.

Reverend Richard Bucci of Sacred Heart Church in West Warwick placed a letter in the church’s weekend bulletin exposing the lawmakers who voted for the Reproductive Privacy Act, which enshrined the Roe v. Wade decision in Rhode Island law. The elected  officials listed are prohibited from receiving Communion, witnessing marriages or serving as godparents, he told NBC 10 last Monday.

Carolyn Cronin, a spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, informed the channel that while the church provides detailed instructions for sacraments it is “the pastor’s duty to apply them within his parish, in accord with Church law. This includes the proper reception of Holy Communion as outlined by the Code of Canon Law. Because the Church entrusts to each pastor the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and governing his parish, the daily pastoral and administrative decisions are made at the local parish level.”

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Democrat State Senator Adam Satchell said he discovered that his name was on the letter from friends who attend the church.

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“I was recently asked to be my niece’s godfather, and I happily accepted,” Satchell stated. “My wife was excited. It was going to be her first godchild, and now we can’t.”

State Representative Carol Hagan McEntee said Bucci asked her to leave a relative’s funeral and prohibited her from delivering a eulogy. McEntee’s older sister previously testified that she was the victim of sexual abuse as a child. According to the channel’s report, a priest who preceded Bucci allegedly committed this sexual abuse.

“If he wants to weigh the heinous crime that his predecessor committed on my sister, compared to what he believes I did wrong by voting for what I believe is right for the people of the state of Rhode Island, I don’t think they even compare,” McEntee said.

Bucci stood his ground, stating “We are not talking about any other moral issue, where some may make it a comparison between pedophilia and abortion. Pedophilia doesn’t kill anyone and this does,” according to NBC 10.

Such actions should be lauded and emulated by other activists in the conservative space when pushing their respective issues.

The right to life is among the most sacred of rights that has been under assault during the past few decades via judicial activism and federal overreach against lower levels of government.

Bucci’s example shows how pro-life individuals can have an impact in non-political venues.

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Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years

A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.

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Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.

This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.

Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.

MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.

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This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:

  • The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
  • Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
  • Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
  • An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
  • A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
  • Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)

Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.

As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.

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