LOOP: Pope revises Catechism to declare death penalty ‘inadmissible’




DEATH PENALTY  Pope Francis changes the Catechism to say that the death penalty is “inadmissible.”  Cardinal Laradia, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, asserted that the change is an “authentic development of doctrine.”  READ
DEATH PENALTY   Phil Lawler calls Pope Francis’ decision to revise the Catechism’s teaching on the death penalty “another dose of confusion.” He added: “Once again Pope Francis has given the world reason to believe that the teachings of the Catholic Church can and will change.”  READ
SENATE 2018  Beltway insiders now acknowledge — that while the GOP remains favored — Democrats do have a path to win back the Senate in the November elections.  READ
PAID PARENTAL LEAVE   Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, and Rep. Ann Wagner, R-MO, have authored a bill to allow moms and dads the option to take Social Security benefits early as parental leave in exchange for delaying collection of retirement benefits by an equal amount of time in the future. “New parents have the ‘social insecurity’ of our time, so let’s help,” said Rubio and Wagner.    READ
POLITICS AND VIOLENCE   House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA, still walks with a cane after being shot last year at a Congressional baseball practice field. Now, a New York man has been arrested for sending threatening voicemail messages to Rep. Scalise.   READ
BLACK CATHOLIC SAINTS   A new resource center at Xavier University of Louisiana will promote the canonization causes of unsung holy Catholic men and women in the black community.  READ
SEXUAL ABUSE   Plaintiffs are voting on a $20 million abuse settlement with the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana. If approved, a list of 27 priests accused of sexual abuse would be posted on the diocese’s website for at least 10 years.   READ
FRANCISCAN INDULGENCE   You can get a St. Francis-themed indulgence on August 2. It’s on that day that Franciscans mark the dedication of the parish church, called Porziuncola or “little portion,” which St. Francis of Assisi rebuilt in obedience to Christ’s command to “rebuild my church.”  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Peter Julian Eymard began his priestly life in the Diocese of Grenoble. His faith journey led him to the Marists, and finally to founding the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Saint Peter had a deep devotion to Christ in the Eucharist, and his community members alternated between active ministry and contemplation of the Blessed Sacrament. He also co-founded the Congregation of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament for women.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “Lord, in your great love, answer me.” (Ps 69:14)  READ
TRUTH   A great quote from St. Teresa of Avila…

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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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  1. I think that this change IS “authentic development of doctrine” if anything is.

    I’m not cheerleading for it or anything, but the rationale given isn’t without context.

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