LOOP: Religious liberty under attack in Massachusetts



ISIS THREAT  Blood-thirsty ISIS terrorists threaten ‘Christmas blood’ and release photo of a beheaded Pope Francis. This news story does NOT contain any graphic images, but simply explains the news: http://cvote.it/2z7ttOW

NORTH KOREA  President Trump placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, triggering sanctions. In his remarks, Trump mentioned Otto Warmbier, the college student from Ohio who died in June shortly after his return from North Korea, where he was held for more than a year. http://cvote.it/2zleRPX

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY  Lawmakers in the Bay State passed a bill forcing all employers to pay for contraception regardless of any religious or moral objections. The bill was signed by Charlie Baker, one of the few pro-abortion Republican governors in the U.S. http://cvote.it/2zm0Y4i

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT  Each day, a new revelation. Now it’s Charlie Rose. Both CBS and PBS have suspended the TV host after eight women accused him of making unwanted sexual advances. http://cvote.it/2zmDrA8   

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT  Four former staffers of Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, signed affidavits saying that the congressman fired an employee for resisting his “sexual advances.”  The former employer stated in documents obtained by Buzzfeed: “Rep. Conyers strongly postulated that the performing of personal service or favors would be looked upon favorably and lead to salary increases or promotions.” http://cvote.it/2zmGWqg

TAXES  Well, well. New Jersey’s incoming governor, Phil Murphy, is suddenly having second thoughts about his plan to hike taxes on millionaires. Why the cold feet? Because Republicans in Congress are threatening to dramatically reform the deduction for state and local taxes — which many Republicans claim acts as an incentive to Democrats in high-tax blue states to raise taxes. It would seem that Murphy is proving their point. http://cvote.it/2zlgjSx

BEAUTY  Richard Wilbur died last month. He was called the greatest American Christian poet since Eliot. Wilbur once remarked: “I feel that the universe is full of glorious energy, that the energy tends to take pattern and shape, and that the ultimate character of things is comely and good. I am perfectly aware that I say this in the teeth of all sorts of contrary evidence, and that I must be basing it partly on temperament and partly on faith, but that is my attitude.” http://cvote.it/2zlKfxZ

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR  Pope Francis calls on the world to ‘invest in love’ on the first World Day of the Poor. http://cvote.it/2znnzNX

SAINTS  Pope John Paul I was just recently declared Venerable. But should most popes be canonized? What if one isn’t?  http://cvote.it/2zlylEh

SAINT OF THE DAY  Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS READINGS  “The Lord upholds me.” (Ps 3:6) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings



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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. 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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