LOOP: Pope Emeritus Benedict writes about sex abuse

BENEDICT SPEAKS  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI unexpectedly wrote a statement about the sex abuse scandal. While “there is sin in the Church and evil … even today there is the Holy Church, which is indestructible. Today there are many people who humbly believe, suffer and love, in whom the real God, the loving God, shows Himself to us.”  READ
REACTION TO BENEDICTR.R. Reno of First Things: “Benedict is surely correct. The Revolution of ’68 shattered the prohibitions, inhibitions, and stable norms that are necessary to restrain man’s appetites, and thus contributed to the conditions in which clerical sexual malfeasance and abuse festered.”  READ 
BENEDICT’S LETTER  Read the full letter by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, titled “The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse.”  READ 
SPYING ON TRUMP CAMPAIGN “I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016. I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Attorney General Bill Barr said before a Senate panel. The media immediately went into a frenzy. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake called Barr’s words “highly questionable.” Bloomberg’s Tim O’Brien compared Barr to Roy Cohn, the lawyer for Sen. Joseph McCarthy.  READ 
TWITTER APOLOGIZES  At a Senate hearing on censorship, Twitter’s director of public policy apologized to Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, for pulling her pro-life ad and deeming it “inflammatory.” At the same meeting, Sen. Ted Cruz called Twitter to task for blocking a tweet from the Susan B. Anthony List that featured a quote from Mother Teresa. “Is this hate speech?” asked Cruz.  READ 
PRO-LIFE JUDGE WINS Trailing by about 6,000 votes, liberal judge Lisa Neubauer has decided against a recount and conceded the race to conservative judge Brian Hagedorn. Now conservatives have a 5-2 majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Liberals are unlikely to regain control until after the 2020 redistricting. READ 
PRO-LIFE HOTLINE  An abortion reversal hotline is seeing a 30% increase in the number of calls from women who want to reverse their chemical abortions. They attribute the response to Unplanned, a pro-life film that was released in late March.  READ 
“GOSNELL” AT WHITE HOUSE The other popular pro-life movie, “Gosnell,” will be screened at the White House.  READ
POPE AND IMMIGRATION  Pro-family activist Kevin Roberts wants Pope Francis to understand that “a border wall is the most humanitarian policy.”READ
YOUTH LEADERSHIP  The youth might be leading the charge against pornography, as suggested by the recent decision by students at CUA to ask their university to block the top 200 pornographic sites from the university’s servers.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Stanislaus, the bishop of Kraków, was martyred for denouncing political and social corruption. He became the patron saint of Poland, and remains a popular saint throughout Eastern Europe.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.” (Ps 105:4)  READ 
BEAUTY   They have had perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris since August 1, 1885. Yes… 1885.  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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