Missouri Catholic Conference, Governor Greitens, and Bishop Gaydos

Now if the Missouri Catholic Conference wishes to report on the Governor they are free to do so.  What’s confusing is that they never reported on Bishop Gaydos’ attempt to make transgender student enrollment an option for his pastors.  There’s no way they can claim they didn’t know because the protest against Gaydos and his policy happened after the 50th Anniversary Mass for the MCC.  Parents might wish to judge how useful the MCC really is.  It is increasingly difficult to take official Church voices seriously and our legislators in congress demonstrate that regularly.  American Catholics as a political force are just a short distance from irrelevance.  Here’s what they do want you to know about, as if it hasn’t been in every newspaper and on the news every night for weeks.  Now that they can comfortably step out right behind everyone else who’s reported this:

Weekly Update from the Missouri Catholic Conference                                       April 13, 2018
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Greitens Report Released; Next Steps Outlined

Late Wednesday afternoon, a special investigative committee of the Missouri House of Representatives issued a report on Governor Greitens’ affair with his hair stylist. In the report, the woman alleges that some of the sexual encounters with Greitens were not consensual. The committee concluded that the woman was “an overall credible witness.” The committee also heard from several other witnesses who corroborated the woman’s account.

Read the report here. PLEASE NOTE: the report includes material of a sensitive and sexual nature.

In a press conference, Governor Greitens insisted the affair was completely consensual in nature. The governor declined to be interviewed by the House committee, which is within his constitutional rights, as the committee noted. The governor faces a felony charge for invasion of privacy, which will be considered separately by a criminal court in St. Louis.

After the report was issued, House Speaker Todd Richardson and other legislative leaders held a press conference. Richardson said the investigative committee was charged with gathering facts and trying to determine the credibility of witnesses. He vigorously disputed that the legislative process represented a “witch hunt.” He said the legislature is a separate branch of government that has its own role in considering misconduct by a governor.

Richardson said the investigative committee would continue its work but now would expand its mission to consider recommendations for any disciplinary action against the governor by the Missouri General Assembly. Meanwhile, according to Richardson, legislative leaders would, “begin the process of calling a special session so that the Legislature has the opportunity to consider any recommendations of the committee.”

For the Missouri General Assembly to call itself into special session will require the approval of three-fourths of the members of the Missouri House and the approval of three-fourths of the members of the Missouri Senate. Richardson said any special session, if approved, would not commence until legislators conclude their regular session on May 18. For more, read this AP article.

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The Power of Impeachment
Section 1, Article VII of the Missouri Constitution declares that public officers, including the governor, are liable for impeachment “for crimes, misconduct, habitual drunkenness, willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude or oppression in office.” Section 2, Article VII of the Missouri Constitution gives the Missouri House of Representatives “the sole power of impeachment.” If Greitens were impeached by the House, it would rest with the Missouri Senate to elect “a special commission of seven eminent jurists” to consider the removal of the governor.

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