LOOP: Christian agency reverses adoption policy

BIDEN 2020 Former Vice President Joe Biden will reportedly announce his campaign for president today. With Biden’s entry, the Democratic field stands at 20 candidates, the largest field in history.  READ
CHRISTIAN ADOPTION Bethany Christian Services has decided to change their policy and begin placing kids with “LGBT” couples. The decision comes just weeks after Michigan’s attorney general voided a 2015 state law that carved out protections for religious adoption agencies. READ
BARR TO TESTIFYAttorney General Bill Barr will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week on the Mueller Report.  READ 
UNIONS VS GREEN NEW DEALAFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced his opposition to the Green New Deal that was unveiled by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-NY. “Simply demanding that plants, industries, and projects be stopped or shut down, with no plan for the people who are put out of work, no call for shared sacrifice, and no dialogue or solidarity with those whose lives and communities are dependent on carbon-based fuels, that poisons the well politically,” Trumka said.  READ 
BIG AUTO LIKES TRADE DEAL  Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Michigan to pitch the USMCA trade deal, which needs congressional approval to replace NAFTA. The big three automakers voiced their support for the Trump administration’s new trade deal. “Ford is here to support Vice President Mike Pence and the administration in, hopefully, a very swift passage of this legislation in Congress,” said Ford Vice President Lisa Drake.  READ 
EDUCATION CHOICE The Tennessee House passed legislation to expand school choice for students in two counties with 90% of the state’s failing schools. The legislation would allow students to use education savings accounts to attend private school, charter school or high-performing public schools.  READ 
FLORIDA AND SANCTUARY CITIES  The Florida House passed legislation to ban “sanctuary cities” – which are local governments who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The bill awaits a verdict in the Florida Senate. READ 
CRIME AND VOTING Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders endorsed reinstating voting rights for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber. “If somebody commits a serious crime, sexual assault, murder, they’re going to be punished. They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime. But I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy, yes, even for terrible people.”  READ 
WAR ON ADOPTION In the LGBT war against Catholic adoption, it’s the kids who come last.  READ 
CATHOLIC CONTROVERSY Mount St. Mary’s University has decided to honor Mark Shriver as its 2019 commencement speaker, despite his public advocacy of abortion. “We look to Mount St. Mary’s University to uphold its Catholic identity in the present and rescind the invitation to Mark Shriver to speak at commencement,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society.   READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Most likely the first of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Saint Mark is brief and pointed. Saint Mark has one goal, to present Jesus as God’s crucified messiah, and he fulfills that goal concisely. Saint Mark’s Gospel seems to have been one of the sources used by Saints Matthew and Luke for their works.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!” (Ps 8:2)  READ 
THE ‘RED-PILLED’ BISHOP  In The Matrix, the main character Neo decides to take the red pill to see the world as it really is — even if the truth hurts. Bishop Joseph Strickland said, “You can count me as a bishop who has been ‘red pilled.’ God chose you to live at this moment in Church history … and in my case to be a successor of the apostles. I am a weak & sinful man, but I will do my best.”    SHARE 

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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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