Sanders says Clinton isn’t qualified to be president
DEMOCRATIC presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton made headlines this week when Sanders said his opponent isn’t qualified to be president. Sanders first made the contention about Clinton Wednesday, April 6, at a rally in Philadelphia, citing her support from super PACs and her vote in favor of authorizing the “disastrous” Iraq war. “I don’t think you are qualified if you have supported virtually every disastrous trade agreement which has cost us millions of decent paying jobs,” Sanders said. The roots of the Vermont senator’s comments are in an interview Clinton did with MSNBC on Wednesday, where co-anchor Joe Scarborough attempted to get Clinton to say Sanders wasn’t qualified to be president. However, the former Secretary of State never did. In response to Sanders’ comments, Clinton on Thursday, April 7, told reporters in New York City, “Well it’s kind of a silly thing to say. But I’m going to trust the voters of New York who know me and have voted for me three times.”
Pope urges Catholics to be more understanding toward divorced, remarried couples
POPE Francis on Friday, April 8, released a 256-page document on family law, which, among other things, touches on divorce. The document, “Amoris Laetitia,” which is Latin for “The Joy of Love,” encourages Catholics to welcome sinners and saints, as well as divorced and remarried Catholics who have long been prohibited from receiving Holy Communion. He said such couples should not be discriminated against or excluded from the Church, and he urged priests to be merciful in considering if these Catholics can receive communion. “I understand those who prefer a more rigorous pastoral care which leaves no room for confusion,” the pope said. “But I sincerely believe that Jesus wants a church attentive to the goodness which the Holy Spirit sows in the midst of human weakness.” Although he had a softer stance toward those divorced and remarried, he still rejected same-sex couples. He said “there is some good” within these government-recognized unions, but said the church is not changing its position on the issue. The document also mentions the Church’s take on violence, abuse, contraception, fertility treatment, poverty and migration. While the pope appeared to be encouraging his clergy to deal with the world they live in, he didn’t make any change in Church laws.