He thought it was Apollo Creed: TRUMP

Every President Recited The Apostles’ Creed Except Trump, And People Definitely Noticed

The only time in memory that the bloviator shut his mouth

Trump didn’t recite the profession of faith during the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.


Trump spent much of the service scowling, with his arms crossed, not participating in the recitation of prayers or the singing of hymns.@robertjeffress and other evangelicals must have found that most refreshing. Trump’s so mature and manly, isn’t he? So respectful. https://t.co/19MQGwHTRg

— MikeBates (@MikeBates) December 5, 2018

People on Twitter are calling out President Donald Trump for failing to recite the Apostles’ Creed at the funeral for former President George H. W. Bush on Wednesday. 

Footage from the event shows much of the church, including the former presidents seated with Trump, standing to recite the profession of faith

Trump and first lady Melania Trump stood, but did not recite the creed, which was written in the program, nor did they sing the hymns. 

Given Trump’s widespread support among evangelical Christians, that led to plenty of criticism on social media:

Nell Lamb

And Evangelicals think God put him in office? I’m surprised he was able to cross the threshold without bursting into flames.

Hey @Franklin_Graham here’s your “evangelical president” NOT  reciting the Apostles’ Creed at the funeral of your father’s friend. Maybe he thinks it’s the name of the next movie with Stallone and Michael B. Jordan.

Keith Boykin

This is your “Christian” evangelical president.

John Ziegler

It’s SO weird that Barack Obama (the “Muslim”) knew all the words to the Apostles’ Creed, and Donald Trump (the Evangelical hero) didn’t know any of them, and didn’t even bother to read them. #GeorgeHWBushFuneral

Ruth Graham

This is a strange moment. It’s not about Trump not having memorized the creed, which is printed in the program. He’s opting not to participate in the service.

Brian Krassenstein

Are you telling me the so-called “Muslim” president knew all the words to the  Apostles’ Creed, but the ‘Christian Conservative’ President, did not?

He thought it was something about Apollo Creed and wanted nothing to do with it.

The Catholic Story: Downward Mobility Labour Day 2018

For many Labour Day marks the end of summer. It has become wholly depoliticized attempting to make us forget that we are all workers. And we either stand together or hang separately. I am constantly surprised by the absence of thousands of teachers.

Many in the teaching profession are uncomfortable about  being members of a union. Many, the sons and  daughters of post war immigrants felt a need for an upgraded psychic evaluation of their work. They saw themselves as “professionals” and preferred to be an “association.” They were about upward mobility. Yet the Catholic story promoted “downward mobility” and “solidarity” with all workers.

Each year i walk in the Labour Day parade. The reason is simple. It protects me from amnesia. This annual pilgrimage from downtown Toronto to the Dufferin Gates is a gentle reminder of the Story which gives me meaning. It reminds me that I owe solidarity to workers struggling today for a decent life.This year we will not enter the Exhibition because there is a labour strike

This age old story reminds me that I am part of creation, that my labour is an essential part of building God’s reign. It reminds me  that the work I did and do,  that of teaching is holy work. It reminds me that much of labour today is exploited and devalued. It reminds me that labour unions which fought and are fighting still for worker dignity are in full retreat today and need our support.



Retired teachers still walking

The Catholic Church for over 100 years has staunchly defended labour. John Paul ll’s Laborem Exercens stands out as an outstanding commentary on the dignity of work and the worker. The central insight is the priority of labour over capital capital is meant to serve  labour. The violation of this principle in both the east and west is the source of great misery in our societies.

The instrument for labour has been the union movement, at present under attack seemingly everywhere—except in the world’s most successful economy: Germany. Here labour is 97% unionized. No major decisions are made without Labour at the table.

Canada now is running at 17% of the labour force unionized.

Unions historically has elevated the dignity of workers everywhere. They have successfully struggled against income inequality, child labour, health and safety, unemployment insurance, minimum wage, public education,  racism and sexism, pension reform and as the Tee shirt says, “For the people who gave you the weekend: unions.”

1n 2012 Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton. wrote As people of faith, we are called to stand with those left behind, offer our solidarity, and join forces with “the least of these” to help meet their basic needs. We seek national economic renewal that places working people and their families at the center of economic life. 

In past Labour Days I would see the late Jack Layton marching with OPSEU, CAW, ACTRA (yes cultural workers have unions) machinists, librarians, city workers, hotel workers the most exploited of all—and most of them people of colour. Never have I seen any of the bishops of Ontario walking in solidarity with these good people who build our city and make life work.They apparently don’t know jack about the meaning of witness or solidarity. Look no further than every Labour Day for reasons why the Church is in decline.

And what about Catholic  teachers’ unions? I search in vain for anything on OECTA’s website for the  call to solidarity on Labour Day. The actors’ union ACTRA on the other hand is up front about promoting 

Labour Day 2018

You’re Invited!

Labour Day is next MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2018It’s time for the biggest celebration of worker pride in Toronto – Labour Day! ACTRA Toronto, as always, is marching.

A few years ago i was invited by the Labour Council to speak about the need for a living wage not a minimum wage. Forces at City Hall were attempting to cut the wages of those largely female municipal cleaners from $19.00 an hour to $13,00.

“God love them, they’re nice people but they don’t deserve $19.00” said  councillor Doug Ford, he born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

Now he’s the premier of the province.



That’s why we need to walk out on Labour Day.

“Catholics must take back their church”



More shocking news though not totally unexpected. As a former editor of a national Catholic  paper I was privy to much of this sordid stuff and I must say it never impacted my faith though I knew it drove others away from the institutional church. I always saw the church as a very fallible institution in deep need of structural change, semper reformanda (always in need of reforming as  Vatican ll proclaimed). The most honest evaluation of this was an ultimate insider, Milan’s Cardinal Maria Martini . The day after he died in September 2012 several papers printed the much loved Cardinal’s scathing portrayal of a pompous and bureaucratic church failing to move with the times.


His remarks stated 2 weeks before he died  were brutally candid and as far as I could see, dead on.

The Church” he said was “pompous and 200 years out of date. Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up, our rituals and our cassocks are pompous,The Church must admit its mistakes and begin a radical change, starting from the pope and the bishops. The pedophilia scandals oblige us to take a journey of transformation.”

Well, we are still waiting. the bishops appointed by JP ll/Ratzinger  were too reactionary ti begin the needed renovation. Meanwhile 30 million Catholics  in North America bailed, frustrated at the slowness of change in the instant computer age.

Then we get more bombshells like the Pennsylvania report released this week The  Grand Jury report has revealed that more than 300 Catholic priests sexually abused 1,000 children, and possibly thousands more, over seven decades, and that church leadership covered up the abuse. Ouch. the report was graphic and sickening

Attorney General Josh Shapiro stated


All of the victims were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institutions above all. Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing, they hid it all, for decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected. Many, including some named in this report, have been promoted. Father Schlert, identified in the report, is now Bishop Schlert. Bishop Wuerl is now Cardinal Wuerl. Father Zubik is now Bishop Zubik. As a direct consequence of the systematic cover-up by senior church officials, almost every instance of child sexual abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted.

Bob Hoatson, a guest on Democracy Now, a former Catholic priest,  described himself as “40 years an insider in this church.” In 2003, Hoatson still a priest testified before the New York state Legislature, Working in inner city newark he  called for the resignation of any bishop in the United States who fired by his bishop for speaking out.

In 1994 he was considering leaving the Irish Christian brothers  to be a priest, he asked the vocation director in the Newark archdiocese, “Has Cardinal—has Archbishop McCarrick stopped sleeping with the seminarians?” It was known by everyone. And he assured me that he had and that the papal nuncio and that another bishop had intervened and stopped it.(McCarrick was earlier this month canned by Pope Francis.)

Hoatson ended with his blunt prescription for saving the  church.

Right, yeah, this is systemic. When Governor Frank Keating resigned as the chair of the first National Review Board, that was set up after the Dallas Charter was passed in 2002, he resigned and said, “This is exactly what the Mafia is like. It’s dealing with the Mafia.” And that’s what we’re dealing with.

Catholics must  take back their church and insist that these people are eliminated, fired. And that’s what the pope has to do. He has to have mass firings of bishops, and the leadership has to change. And that, of course, leads then to the structural changes that need to be made, things like mandatory celibacy, which is absurd.Women have to have full participation in the church. If women were in leadership positions, this never would have happened.