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BISHOPS PASS REFORMS  The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly voted to approve a third-party reporting mechanism for bishops accused of abuse. The new system will allow victims to report abuse by phone or online. READ
PRO-LIFE MEN ARE “SEX-STARVED”?In a House floor speech, Rep. Norma Torres, D-CA, said, “It is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman’s right to choose.” The remark caused gasps from people in attendance. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-GA, requested that she withdraw her statement, which Torres agreed to do. READ
NO DOCTOR NEEDED  Gov. Janet Mills, D-ME, signed a bill to allow non-doctors to perform abortions in Maine. Now physician assistants and advance practice registered nurses can perform abortions as well. READ 
DEMOCRATIC DIVISION  Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, signed a law banning abortions once a heartbeat can be detected. But a new poll shows that 42% of Democratic voters in Louisiana want another Democrat to run against Edwards. READ 
MEDIA BIAS  The Hill tweeted out a headline that read: “JUST IN: Trump administration to send migrant children to former Japanese internment camp.” But the migrants were being placed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma – which hascontinuously operated as an Army base for 150 years. As Alex Griswold noted: “Facing a similar surge in unaccompanied minors on the southern border in 2014, Obama sent 1,200 to Fort Sill, only slightly fewer than the 1,400 the Trump administration plans to send…. And yet, CBS’s coverage of the children being held in Fort Sill didn’t mention Japanese internment. Neither did The Hill‘s. Neither did TIME’s.”  READ 
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION  The Census Bureau estimated that the average illegal immigrant has lived in the United States for just over 15 years, the longest on record. In 1995, the average was 7.1 years.  READ 
DRIVERS LICENSES The New York State Assembly passed a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The Association of County Clerks oppose the bill because they say they cannot always identify the authenticity of foreign documents.  READ 
BAD FOR BUSINESS? Liberty McArtor takes issue with the 180 CEOs who signed a letter in support of abortion. “They want more women in their companies — but not the child-bearing kind. Not the kind that might need maternity leave, or an accommodating work environment or a more flexible schedule.”  READ 
HOLLYWOOD & RACISM  Tim Allen plays a conservative character on a network TV show. Now he’s being accused of racism for an interview from six years ago in which he discussed whether it was appropriate for white comics to use the “N-word.”  READ 
HOLLYWOOD & ABORTION  Singer Ariana Grande announced that she’s donating the concert proceeds from her June 8 concert in Atlanta to Planned Parenthood, in protest of Georgia’s recently passed pro-life law.  READ 
FIRST BLACK AMERICAN SAINT?  Fr. Augustus Tolton was a former slave and the first black American diocesan priest. He’s now recognized as “Venerable” – the first step toward possible canonization. Bishop Thomas Paprocki announced that he would build a shrine to Venerable Augustus Tolton in Quincy, IL, where the priest is buried.  READ 
CAUSE FOR SAINTHOOD PURSUEDThe U.S. bishops gave support for the Diocese of Marquette to continue the cause for canonization for Irving “Francis” Houle, a father of five who received the stigmata 16 years before his death in 2009. “He never wanted to draw attention to himself,” said Archbishop Alexander Sample. Houle was “an ordinary, humble man who obtained some true sanctity in his life.”  READ 
FIRST MASS AFTER FIRE  The Cathedral of Notre-Dame will celebrate the first Mass on June 15 – two months after a fire damaged the 12th century iconic church. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit and about 20 others, who will be required to wear hard hats.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  An Augustinian monk who was inspired by the martyrdom of Franciscan missionaries, Saint Anthony of Padua joined the Franciscans hoping to be a missionary. But God had other plans for him. He became one of the outstanding philosopher/theologians of the Order.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.” (Ps 85:10)   READ 
CVTV   The Democrats supported Occupy Wall Street, but now they support big corporations. What happened?  SHARE 

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