LOOP: Catholic school in Kentucky stays closed

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
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SCHOOL CLOSED   Citing safety concerns, the Kentucky Catholic school at the epicenter of national controversy will remained closed for an undetermined period of time until law enforcement says it is safe to reopen.  READ
TODAY SHOW   Student Nicholas Sandmann sat down with Samantha Guthrie of NBC’s Today Show for an interview which will air this morning. Sandmann told the Today Show: “As far as standing there, I had every right to do so. My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. (Nathan) Phillips. I respect him. I’d like to talk to him. I mean, in hindsight, I wish we could’ve walked away and avoided the whole thing.”  READ
PROVOCATEUR STRIKES AGAIN  A group of Native American activists, reportedly led by Nathan Phillips, attempted to enter the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Jan. 19 during a Saturday evening Mass. The group of 20 demonstrators were stopped by Shrine security. “It was really upsetting. There were about 20 people trying to get in. We had to lock the doors and everything,” the guard said. The previous day, Phillips approached Catholic students at the Lincoln Memorial, sparking a national story.  READ
TRANSGENDER IN THE MILITARY   The Supreme Court agreed to allow the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the military to go into effect. It now seems likely that the Supreme Court will examine the constitutionality of the policy.  READ
CITIZENSHIP AND THE CENSUS  The Trump administration is calling on the Supreme Court to hear a case on whether a question about citizenship status can be included in the 2020 census.  READ
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to hold votes on two proposals which would open up the federal government. But neither bill is likely to garner the necessary votes to break an expected filibuster.  READ
STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH?  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump has not formally responded to her request to postpone the State of the Union address. READ
NEW YORK EXPANDS ABORTION  Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY, signed a bill late last night which takes effect immediately. “Those who actually read the bill can see that it’s not simply codifying Roe v Wade,” said Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis. “In fact, it removes a requirement that a doctor be present, it removes all criminal negligence if a woman loses her baby as a result of assault, and it allows abortion into the third trimester, for really any reason.” READ
SCANDAL ON CATHOLIC CAMPUS  H*yas for Choice is a pro-abortion club that is not officially recognized by Georgetown University. Nevertheless the student group was allowed to invite abortionist Willie Parker to campus to give a lecture, in which he gave a “Christian” defense of killing unborn children. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Born in Germany, Saint Marianne Cope’s family soon moved to Utica, NY. In 1862 she entered the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis where she served as superior for a number of years. In 1883, Saint Marianne went to Hawaii where she, and other members of her community, cared for women and girls with leprosy. READ
DAILY READINGS  “You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.” (Ps 110:4)  READ
ART    Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt
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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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