LOOP: Bishops pass three more reforms

BISHOPS MEET  The U.S. bishops passed three more measures to respond to the sex abuse crisis. One reform detailed the authority of a diocesan bishop to curtail the ministry of a retired bishop in his diocese. Most measures passed with overwhelming support. READ
FEC CHAIR REBUKES TRUMPFederal Elections Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub rebuked President Trump who had said he would be willing to listen to foreign governments promising information on his political opponents. “Anyone who solicits or accepts foreign assistance risks being on the wrong end of a federal investigation,” said Weinraub.  READ
$195,000 FINE  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a $195,000 fine against David Daleiden, the pro-life investigative journalist who exposed Planned Parenthood’s alleged illegal sale of baby body parts. Daleiden has set up a Go Fund Me account. READ 
“CATTLE CALL” FOR ABORTION Planned Parenthood is hosting a candidate forum in the early primary state of South Carolina. Former Vice President Joe Biden is among the 11 Democratic presidential candidates who have said they will be attending. READ 
NEW SOCIAL MEDIA  Jordan Peterson said his “anti-censorship” social media platform called “Thinkspot” is almost ready to launch. And he won’t ban people unless ordered to so by “a US court of law.”  READ 
TRUMP SPOX QUITS  White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has decided to step down from her position and will return home to Arkansas. She has not ruled out a run for governor. Here are a dozen possible contenders for her old job. READ 
DARK MONEY Democrats attack the influence of “dark money” or anonymous money that is used to influence elections. But Erick Erickson notes that they don’t seem to mind dark money when it’s used to advance abortion groups.  READ 
SANCTUARY CITIES IN FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-FL, said he will sign a bill today banning sanctuary cities in Florida. Under the legislation, local governments would be required to “use their best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law.”  READ 
SANCTUARY CITY FOR UNBORN  The small town of Waskom, Texas, has declared itself the state’s first “sanctuary city for the unborn” by passing a resolution banning most abortion procedures. The news media felt it was important to highlight that the city council members were all men.  READ 
BLOCK SOME BELIEFS?  The press secretary for a gay rights group caused an online backlash when she said: “Not all opinions should be given space in the public square. If you push a ‘belief’ that is directly harmful to others, you have moved past ‘opinion’ and into a threat to public safety,” said Charlotte Clymer. Gay organizations have routinely criticized Christians for their beliefs on marriage. After an outcry over her remarks, Clymer claimed her opinion referred to anti-vaccination advocates.  READ 
@USCCB  Over the last few days, people have noticed a more vibrant and intriguing response from the U.S. Bishops’ official Twitter account. The suddenly-chatty Twitter account is a result of 31-year-old convert to the faith.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Albert Chmielowski was a talented painter and a Secular Franciscan. In mid-life, he founded the Brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Servants to the Poor, who worked with the poor and homeless. Known also as the Albertine Brothers, this community was renowned for depending completely on alms. READ 
DAILY READINGS  “To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.” (Ps 116:10)  READ 
“HUG LADY” HONORED   Fort Hood, the U.S. Army’s largest base, will rename a room at their air terminal after the “hug lady” who welcomed thousands of American troops for nearly a decade as they were shipped off to war. It is estimated that Elizabeth Laird hugged 500,000 soldiers from 2003 until her death in 2015.   SHARE 

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