LOOP: Senator slams nominee’s Catholic faith



ANTI-CATHOLICISM IN THE SENATE // Senate Democrats prove they’re willing to use anti-Catholicism to try and derail judicial nominations. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, said to Amy Barrett, Notre Dame professor and Catholic mother of seven: “The dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.” http://cvote.it/2wIe7BC

“REPREHENSIBLE ATTACK” // CatholicVote President Brian Burch said Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s attacking of judicial nominee Amy Barrett “made clear once again the deep seated bias and bigotry within the Democratic Party when it comes to people of faith — especially against Catholics in public life.” http://cvote.it/2wHUV6U

TRUMP PITCHES TAX REFORM // “We no longer have to accept a tax code that lets special interests win at the expense of the middle class,” President Trump said in North Dakota. At the rally, President Trump brought Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, on stage and called her a “good woman.” He asked for her vote on tax reform: “I think we’ll have your support.” Trump noted that in 1986, a different North Dakota Democrat voted for President Reagan’s tax reform. http://cvote.it/2wHYbzj

WHAT DID SHE SAY? // Cecile Richards, CEO of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood said: “Every person has a right to live.” Wait a minute….  Oh, I get it. She was talking about children of illegal immigrants, who she thinks should not be deported. She was NOT talking unborn children, who she thinks should be aborted. http://cvote.it/2wIehJd

McCAIN YES ON HEALTH CARE // President Trump promised that the GOP would take another stab at health care. Here’s the big news on that front: Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, who killed the partial repeal of Obamacare in July, has announced his support for the Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill. Several GOP governors also back the bill. http://cvote.it/2wI2hra

RISE OF THE NONES // America is becoming increasingly secular. In fact, those who are religiously unaffiliated are the largest religious group in 20 states, according to a new report from PRRI. Additional data of interest to Catholics: Twenty-five years ago, 87% of Catholics were non-Hispanic white, compared to 55% today. In addition, the cultural center of the Catholic Church is shifting south, as New England is no longer the epicenter of American Catholicism. http://cvote.it/2wIjbWT

‘DUBIA’ CARDINAL DIES // Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna, dies at 79. Caffarra is the second ‘dubia’ cardinal to die in the last two months. Four cardinals wrote a letter with five dubia or questions seeking clarification from Pope Francis on his apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitiahttp://cvote.it/2wHV3Dv

BUILDING THE RIGHT BRIDGE // Fr. James Martin wrote a book about Catholicism and the LGBT community, but didn’t mention in the book the Church’s teaching on homosexuality at all. Fr. Roger Landry: “While most gays and lesbians, Catholic and non-Catholic, would know that the Church teaches that same-sex relations are immoral, many do not understand the why-behind-the-what. Most in the LGBT community, Martin himself admits, have not ‘received’ the Church’s teaching, which is a euphemism for saying they’ve rejected what they believe it to be. Many, moreover, simply do not grasp the Church’s distinction between the person (ontologically good), his or her attractions (ordered or disordered), and his or her choices and actions (morally good or bad).” Read the rest of Fr. Landry’s article: http://cvote.it/2wHCIqg

SAINT // Blessed Frédéric Ozanam – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “The Lord has made known his salvation.” (Ps 98:2) – 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.


  1. Ryan Schroeder on

    Candidate Trump put forward a tax plan. What special interests was he going to get away with to benefit middle class Americans? Can you actually cite any? Or is your site purely a propaganda site to put forward Trump’s words with no context?
    In reality, Trump proposed eliminating the earned income tax credit, which would certainly raise my taxes.

    • Honestly, he’s been vague on his plans, so it’s hard to critique until we see actual legislation. But one thing that he stated, which we strongly support, would be nearly doubling the standard exemption. So for individuals the deduction would increase from $6,300 to $12,600. The standard deduction for a married couple filing jointly will jump from $12,700 to approximately $24,000. That lowers everyone’s taxes, but helps those at the lower income the most.

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