LOOP: Bishop: ‘I strongly disagree with Notre Dame’s decision’



GOVT SHUTDOWN  Funding expired at midnight, prompting a temporary government shutdown. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, repeatedly objected to a quick vote on the bipartisan funding deal struck by his fellow Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell. The Senate is expected to vote on a funding bill to reopen the federal government Friday morning. A House vote is less certain. http://cvote.it/2EcmDOK 

SOUTH BEND BISHOP DISAGREES  Bishop Kevin Rhoades of South Bend-Fort Wayne: “I strongly disagree with Notre Dame’s decision to provide funding for contraception in its health insurance plans, which involves it even more directly in contributing to immoral activity. The Catholic Church clearly teaches that contraception is an immoral action that contradicts the truth of marital love.” The Bishop’s full statement: http://cvote.it/2C6h5zp

GENTRY LIBERALS  Rich white liberals now outnumber blacks in Chicago. They are the largest demographic in other major cities like New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. With their money and influence, they dominate the Democratic Party. But their positions on climate, coal, and social issues often hurt Democrats in the heartland. http://cvote.it/2C5M5zH  

RUST BELT WOMEN  But not everything is perfect for the GOP in the Rust Belt either. Working-class women powered Trump’s Midwestern wins, but those voters are souring on him in office. http://cvote.it/2C7WFGi 

MORE JUDGES  The Senate Judiciary Committee approved four of President Trump’s judicial nominees, including Kurt Engelhardt to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. http://cvote.it/2C889cI

CULTURE OF LIFE  Notre Dame’s pro-life club offers free childcare for parenting graduate students. “We do hope that the little we do somehow can make their workload a little lighter and their jobs as parents a little easier, at least for a few hours a week,” said Sarah Drumm, president of the university’s Right to Life Club. http://cvote.it/2EfRD0k

PATRONESS FOR VICTIMS  The U.S. Bishops estimate that about 17,000 people are trafficked across the United States border each year. They’re encouraging Catholics to hold or attend prayer services for victims of this crime. http://cvote.it/2EfQINq

SAINT OF THE DAY  Family ties and religious obligations may affect one another, but they are not necessarily opposed. Saint Scholastica’s relationship with her brother, Saint Benedict, is a good example.  http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS READINGS  “I am the Lord, your God; hear my voice.” (Ps 81:10) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

SPORTS  Winter Olympic gold medalist speaks about his Catholic faith. http://cvote.it/2Eg3V8I


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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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  1. I’ll give you this – your willingness to blatantly state falsehoods is impressive.
    The article about “rich white liberals” in Chicago is so untrue it’s almost hard to know where to begin. For starters, the Washington Examiner article doesn’t actually reference any data points about income. It simply states that there are more White people in Chicago than Black, and we’re supposed to believe all the White people are rich. Yay.
    Second, the evidence referenced is from…two years ago…in an article published…now. It seems like the author had a fixed conclusion in mind and needed evidence to support it, rather than allowing evidence to lead to the conclusion.
    Third, the Crain’s Chicago Article that the Washington Examiner story cites as its source actually has some really interesting conclusions…that totally refute your conclusion.
    1. The Crain’s article doesn’t mention income levels.
    2. The survey the Crain’s article cites, the American Communities Survey (the survey done in all non-census years) doesn’t measure income by race, only income by total population.
    3. Why the changes in population? “He mentioned the influx of young adults into the central part of the city and the possibility that white ethnic neighborhoods on the city’s periphery have quit aging (and dying off) as quickly. To that, I’d add the obvious: Chicago’s violence wave is mostly concentrated in black neighborhoods.” Also: “Census data indicate that Chicago now has caught up with New York and widened its lead over Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia, in the percentage of the population with at least a bachelor’s degree.”
    So, it seems that in part, young college-educated people, who certainly we know are majority White, have increased in the city.
    4. The growth in the city’s White population has been averaging about 3,000 people per year, a change in population of about 0.3% annually. What a stunning rise.
    5. The most important line of the article: “But the non-Hispanic white population is up about 12,000, to an estimated 867,000. That’s within the 15,000 sampling margin of error, but just barely.”
    So to conclude, a survey concluded that more young White people with bachelor’s degrees are moving to the city, increasing the population by about 0.3% per year. But, the data is within the margin of error, so we can’t be sure. Further, the survey didn’t discuss income trends by race.
    From this, you have found that all White people in Chicago are rich liberals.
    It’s sad that a Catholic website finds the need to mangle the truth.

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