LOOP: Trump’s plan for offshore drilling shelved

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OFF-SHORE DRILLING The Trump administration’s proposal to dramatically expand off-shore drilling has been shelved, but Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said it may not be a “responsible use of resources.” As much as 90% of the federal waters would have been opened up to oil exploration.  READ
ANITA HILL The woman who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment is not satisfied with former Vice President Joe Biden for his handling of the Supreme Court hearings in 1991. READ
SRI LANKACatholics in Sri Lanka remain in fear after ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombings that killed 359 people. “We are all under guard. Though nothing happened here, fear is very much all around,” Bishop Julian Fernando of Badulla, which is 135 miles east of the capital of Columbo. READ 
BIDEN AND CATHOLICISMFormer Vice President Joe Biden announced his campaign for president. Biden claims to be Catholic, but he’s been publicly corrected by bishops for contradicting Catholic moral doctrines.  READ 
PRO-FAMILY POLICIES WORK  Hungary has seen marriage rates increase by 43% and their divorce rate drop by 23% since 2010. Hungary is proving that pro-family policies are better for nations than those policies which deracinate and diminish the family by the whims of ideological dictate,” writes Chad Pecknold.  READ 
BALTIMORE SCANDAL Federal agents have searched the two homes of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh over corruption charges. She’s accused of using her position to sell hundreds of thousands of children’s books she wrote.  READ 
CHURCH SCANDAL  Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron said that lay collaboration is essential to the Church’s efforts to combat clerical sex abuse. READ 
MADISON BISHOP Bishop Donald Hying has been appointed to lead the Diocese of Madison. Hying, 55, has been bishop of Gary, IN, since 2014.  READ 
CATHOLIC LEADERSHIP The student government at the Catholic University of America called on the university to block the top 200 porn sites. CUA’s president, John Garvey, not only agreed with the plan, he wrote an op-ed about the dangers of pornography. “No courtship is necessary. Your partner is always willing — and available — on your home or office computer, on your phone at the beach, in your car or in the library,” writes Garvey.  READ 
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SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Pedro de San José Betancur was a Secular Franciscan who founded a hospital, a shelter, and a school for the poor in Guatemala City. He also founded a religious congregation for men. Another congregation for women, inspired by his life, sprang up after his death. Saint Pedro supported his work by begging alms. READ 
DAILY READINGS  “The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.”  (Ps 118:1)  READ 

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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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