Bob Good, Stressing Religious Conservatism, Holds Virginia House Seat for G.O.P.

first_imgBob Good, a self-described “biblical conservative” who tied himself closely to President Trump, maintained Republicans’ hold on Virginia’s largest House district early Wednesday, beating back an aggressive challenge by a University of Virginia doctor focused on the coronavirus pandemic.The victory over Dr. Cameron Webb, a Democrat, as called by The Associated Press, was welcome news for Republicans, who had feared they could lose the seat after Mr. Good, a far-right conservative who struggled to raise money, defeated Representative Denver Riggleman in a bitter primary this summer. It demonstrated the party’s continued support in rural America, even in states like Virginia where Mr. Trump is deeply unpopular.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – He tried to tie Dr. Webb, who is Black, to both, falsely charging that he supported defunding the police and insinuating that he would advocate a government takeover of the health care system. One ad superimposed Dr. Webb’s face over menacing images of fires and confrontations with police and urged voters to “look past the smooth presentation.” Democrats denounced it as a “racist dog whistle.” Dr. Webb, whose father was in law enforcement, never supported defunding the police.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img A first-time candidate, Dr. Webb tried to capitalize on discontent with Mr. Trump and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He continued to treat patients with the disease throughout the campaign and presented himself as a mainstream doctor who would stay above the political fray while steering the country toward a more effective response to the coronavirus pandemic and better health coverage.Political donations to Dr. Webb poured in. But in the end, it was not enough to flip a district with so much conservative DNA.The mostly white district had been relatively safe for Republicans until 2018, when antipathy toward Mr. Trump and growth around Charlottesville and in the outlying suburbs of Washington put it into play. Mr. Trump carried it by 11 points in 2016, but Democrats came within seven points of winning in 2018, and polling in recent weeks had suggested a dead heat. Mr. Good, a former athletics official at Liberty University, defeated Mr. Riggleman in a bizarre drive-through convention in June, capitalizing on the conservative outrage after the congressman officiated at the same-sex wedding of two of his former campaign volunteers.In the general election, Mr. Good ran an unabashedly conservative campaign appealing to the rural heart of the sprawling district, which stretches from the outskirts of Washington, through the liberal university town of Charlottesville, to the far southern reaches of the state. He pledged to fight for “Judeo-Christian” values in Washington and defend the district from what he said was encroaching socialism and radicals like the Black Lives Matter movement.last_img read more

Archbishop highlights Constantinian Order’s work in the Caribbean

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegional Archbishop highlights Constantinian Order’s work in the Caribbean by: – July 12, 2016 123 Views   one comment Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Kingston, July 2016. Archbishop Kenneth Richards, who received the pallium from His Holiness Pope Francis in Vatican City, was installed on 6 July 2016 as the seventh Archbishop of Kingston at a Mass of Installation to be held at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Kingston, Jamaica. In an interview with the Editor of Independent Catholic News, His Grace highlighted the significant good works of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George in his former Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre (Antigua & Barbuda and St Kitts & Nevis), and across the wider region and paid tribute to the longstanding efforts and dedication of its Caribbean Delegate Anthony Bailey.In the past, Catholic communities in the Caribbean islands have been very isolated from each other. “Within the Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre, there were five nations on five different islands. Distances may be short, but they are difficult to reach.” Archbishop Richards explained. Archbishop Richards mentioned the importance of the external support, given by Catholic and other organisations for the pastoral and charitable needs of the Church in these islands and by the Constantinian Order in particular.The Constantinian Order which has been active in the Caribbean since 1981, initiated its latest programme following the official and working visits of the Grand Master HRH The Duke of Castro and the Grand Prior, HE Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino and members of the charitable and inter-religious councils of the Caribbean to the region in 2014. These visits were undertaken in cooperation with church and state authorities in each country.“Sir Anthony, whose connection with the Caribbean started in the 1980’s, has been the main driving force behind the efforts to bring greater international attention to the needs and plight of the Caribbean people. For this, the many who have benefited from his voluntary efforts and hard work over a good number of years and especially in Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and elsewhere are thankful and grateful” said the Archbishop.The Archbishop said the Catholic Church is a minority in many islands and the economic climate is challenging especially against a backdrop of humanitarian emergencies in other parts of the world affected by war, conflicts and persecution. Anthony Bailey the Archbishop said “has given his best and should be congratulated for encouraging many good people from across the world and from all different faith communities and walks of life to donate directly to the Diocese and to help the Church and the people of the region through projects benefiting not just the Catholic community but all of society”.Some of the projects launched in 2014 across the region are already completed “on time and on budget” and others are “well advanced and underway and on schedule” the Archbishop said. Among them, in Antigua & Barbuda are the building of a new community centre and church in Hatton, the hosting in the country of the Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly held in July 2015, the construction of a new wing of St Joseph’s Catholic Academy which was completed and inaugurated in March this year in the presence of Antigua & Barbuda’s Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, Prime Minister Gaston Browne and the Leader of the Opposition Baldwin Spencer showing that “these projects have full cross party support”.Among the other projects being spearheaded by a number of donors, is the long-awaited restoration of the Catholic Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph which was virtually destroyed in the 1974 earthquake which devastated Antigua & Barbuda. The church represents for many the roots of Catholicism in the country.This project the Archbishop said, takes place alongside the restoration of the Anglican Cathedral of St John the Divine which has also received personal donations from individuals and other ecumenical partners of the Constantinian Order such as delegation member Sir William Jeffcock and one of the oldest Anglican Church Trusts in England, the Feoffees of Ecclesfield in Yorkshire.The oldest of seven children, Archbishop Richards was born in Linstead, St Catherine, Jamaica. When he was about 10 years old, he became the first in his family to convert to Catholicism. After his ordination in 1985, the Archbishop served as associate pastor at Holy Cross Church in Half-Way-Tree, and later as pastor of St Patrick’s Church in Waterhouse, St Benedict’s Church, Harbour View and St Jude & St Patrick Church. Later he was appointed archdiocesan Director of Vocations, before becoming rector of Holy Trinity Cathedral where he oversaw the restoration in time for its 100th anniversary in 2011. In 2009, Father Richards became a Monsignor, and in December 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Bishop of St John’s-Basseterre with pastoral responsibility for Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis and the three British dependent territories of Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands – a post which he held until his appointment as Archbishop of Kingston in 2016.last_img read more