LOOP: Debate between bishops gets intense



BISHOPS DEBATE   The debate got intense as bishops debated how to handle the sex abuse crisis. Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, TX, said: “It’s part of our deposit of faith that we believe homosexual activity is immoral,” he said. “How did he get promoted if we are all of one mind that this is wrong? Do we believe the doctrine of the Church or not?”  READ
CARAVAN BEGINS ARRIVING  Riding on nine buses, with a Honduras flag flying out the window, the first waves of the migrant caravan have starting arriving at the southern border. The biggest portion of the caravan remains over 1,000 miles away. READ
JUDGES  President Donald Trump is nominating Neomi Rao to fill Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s former seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Rao is the seventh law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas whom Trump has nominated to the federal bench. READ
KENNEDY  Former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is now warning against moral relativism. Speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Kennedy stated: “This culture is become vulgar.” The comment seems like quite the turn from a justice who once defended legal abortion by stating: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”  READ
DEMOCRATS’ WEAK SPOTS  There’s no question that Democrats had great victories on election night. But election pundit Nate Cohn of the New York Times warns Democrats that they still face a formidable electoral college map in 2020: “White voters without a degree are overrepresented in the most important Midwestern battleground states. The most straightforward alternative for Democrats goes through Florida, which probably gave Republicans their most promising results last week.”  READ
TARIFFS ON AUTO IMPORTS?  President Trump will hold off tariffs on automobile imports after a meeting with top trade advisers. Trump has agreed not to impose auto tariffs on Europe while the two sides work on a trade deal. READ
JUDGES  The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for Paul Matey, who is nominated for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. The committee is expected to hold votes on a slate of appeals court nominees and district judges on Thursday. And there’s more coming. President Trump also announced an additional 13 judicial nominations yesterday. READ
CULTURAL FILTH  Warning: Neflix’s “Sabrina” series delves into black magic, cannibalism, and the demonic. Unsurprisingly, they also mock Catholicism. READ
ANOTHER VIGANO LETTER  Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano told the U.S. Bishops to be “courageous shepherds.” In a new letter, the former Vatican official said: “Do not be afraid of standing up and doing the right thing for the victims, for the faithful and for your own salvation.” READ
QUESTIONS ABOUT VATICAN’S DECISION  The Vatican has instructed the U.S. bishops to delay action, and the U.S. bishops have agreed. But what remains unanswered is why the Vatican called for the delay. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Gertrude, a Benedictine nun, was one of the great mystics of the 13th century. Her form of spirituality was a blend of liturgical and personal prayer rooted in the Scriptures. READ
DAILY READINGS  “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” (Ps 23:1)  READ
WITNESS  How I went from a typical college party girl to a Catholic missionary.  READ

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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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