LOOP: Justice Dept slams Democrats for ‘contempt’ vote

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DOJ SLAMS HOUSE DEMS Justice Department officials rebuked Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee for voting to cite Attorney General William Barr for being in contempt of Congress. “It is deeply disappointing that elected representatives of the American people have chosen to engage in such inappropriate political theatrics,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec. READ
ENDING NATIONWIDE INJUNCTIONS The Trump administration wants to curtail the ability of a single judge to issue a nationwide injunction. Vice President Mike Pence said: “It’s remarkable to think a Supreme Court justice has to convince four of their colleagues to uphold an injunction, but a single district court judge can issue one, effectively preventing the duly elected president of the United States from fulfilling what he believes is a constitutional duty.” READ
ARCHBISHOP SPEAKS OUT Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia called out Rep. Brian Sims for harassing peaceful pro-life protesters. “These videos, which Representative Sims took himself, have rightly sparked broad outrage … His actions were unbecoming of an elected official. I’m calling on all people of good will to channel their indignation into right action and prayerful witness,” said Archbishop Chaput. READ
KIDS & VIDEO GAMES Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, said that video games are targeting children and getting them addicted to the games. He said that the games then prompt children to advance in the game by purchasing so called “loot boxes” – with their parents’ money. “This needs to stop,” Hawley said about the loot box model. “They need to be upfront about what their games are actually doing and they need to stop practices that intentionally exploit children.” READ 
PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS  The Arizona Legislature adopted a resolution which calls pornography a public health crisis. The resolution reads in part: “Potential detrimental effects on pornography users include toxic sexual behaviors, emotional, mental and medical illnesses and difficulty forming or maintaining intimate relationships.” READ 
JEAN VANIER, RIP Jean Vanier, a Canadian Catholic philosopher and humanitarian, died Tuesday at 90. Vanier said about being a Christian: “Find somebody who is lonely…. Go and visit a little old lady who has no friends or family. Bring her flowers…. It always begins with small little things. It all began in Bethlehem. That was pretty small.”  READ 
ACTRESS UNAFRAID Ashley Bratcher knew taking on the role of Abby Johnson in the movie Unplanned would risk her film career. But it also meant having to confront her mother.  READ 
IMPRISONMENT Leaders of several different faith traditions in New York called for legislation to dramatically reduce the use of solitary confinement as punishment. Representatives of the New York Catholic Conference were not present at the event, but they did express strong support for the legislation. READ 
CATHOLIC COMMENCEMENT The list of speakers delivering commencement addresses at Catholic colleges this spring vary widely on their fidelity to Church teaching. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint John of Avila had some pretty impressive friends—Saints Francis Borgia, Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila—to name just a few. These saints, along with Saint John, were all part of a reform of the Church in Spain. Little did they know at the time the holiness of their group. READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.” (Ps 66:8)  READ 
CVTV  The man who confronted this Catholic woman at prayer wasn’t just an activist.  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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