LOOP: DC Archbishop knew about McCarrick allegations in 2004

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
+WUERL KNEW  Cardinal Donald Wuerl has insisted that he knew nothing about abuse allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. But a new report from the Catholic News Agency reveals that Wuerl knew about an abuse allegation against McCarrick in 2004, and that Wuerl forwarded the report to the apostolic nuncio in Washington, DC. The Archdiocese of Washington confirmed that an allegation against McCarrick was presented to Wuerl while we he served as Bishop of Pittsburgh.  READ
TRUMP VISITS BORDER  President Trump visited the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, and suggested that he might have to declare a national emergency if Congress won’t fund a border wall or barrier. Trump said: “The law is very clear. I mean, we have the absolute right to declare a national emergency, if you look at what’s happening.” READ
NATIONAL EMERGENCY  The Trump administration is laying the groundwork to declare a national emergency on the southern border, instructing the Army Corps of Engineers to determine how fast contracts could be signed and whether construction could begin within 45 days. The administration is eyeing $13.9 billion in allocated but unspent funds for civil works projects from a spending bill passed last year.    READ
SHUTDOWN DAY #21   Most Republicans in Congress continue to hold the line and side with President Trump, as the government shutdown remains in effect for 21 days so far. Democrats in the House passed a bill to fund the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. But just 10 Republicans joined 233 Democrats in voting for the bill. READ
JUSTICE GINSBURG   According to reports, the White House is quietly reaching out to allies to prepare for a possible departure of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from the Supreme Court. Ginsburg has missed oral arguments all week, after never previously missing a single day in the last 25 years on the Court.  READ
ABORTION IN NEW YORK   Lawmakers in New York are considering legislation to expand abortion that could make the Empire State have the most liberal abortion laws in the world. READ
SISTERS ARE BACK IN COURT  Two states are trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for contraception in violation of their religious beliefs. “We pray that the court will allow us to finally and fully return to our life’s passion of caring for the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Mother Loraine Marie Maguire. READ
REST IN PEACE   Bishop Joseph Howze, the first black bishop of a U.S. diocese in the 20th century, dies at 95. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Born in London, Blessed William Carter was a printer who got in trouble for printing Catholic material during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Eventually brought to trial, he was convicted and hanged, drawn, and quartered on January 11, 1584. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.” (Ps 147:12)  READ
NEAT   The Vatican launches track team of Swiss guards and nuns.   SHARE
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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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