LOOP: DC Archbishop to ask Pope to let him resign




+WUERL: LET ME RESIGN  Cardinal Donald Wuerl will ask Pope Francis to accept his resignation as Archbishop of Washington, DC. “Cardinal Wuerl understands that healing from the abuse crisis requires a new beginning and this includes new leadership for the Archdiocese of Washington,” a spokesman for Cardinal Wuerl said.  READ
SUPREME COURT  Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee submit 1,278 written questions to Brett Kavanaugh after confirmation hearing. Past nominees have received a combined 1,247 questions for the record. READ
NEW CEO FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD   Abortion giant Planned Parenthood announced their new president is Leana Wan, who is known for her abortion advocacy in Baltimore.  READ
DECLINE IN POVERTY   U.S. median household income rose for a third straight year in 2017. The median income rose 1.8% to $61,372. But households are still earning essentially the same income they did in 2007, just before the Great Recession. READ
POPE CALLS FOR MEETING ON ABUSE   Pope Francis has called for a summit of the presidents of the Catholic bishops’ conferences of the world to meet at the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors. The meeting will be held Feb. 21-24, 2019.  READ
TECH BIAS?   A newly-discovered video shows an all-staff meeting at Google taken immediately after the 2016 election. In the video, Google co-founder Sergey Brin states that this weekly meeting is “probably not the most joyous we’ve had” and that “most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad.”   READ
MEDIA BIAS  The Washington Post’s lead editorial argued that President Trump “is complicit” in the destruction caused by hurricanes because he refused to continue Barack Obama’s environmental policies. READ
SEX-ABUSE IN GERMANY   A report commissioned by the German bishops’ conference documented the sexual abuse of thousands of children by priests and religious over a period of 70 years. The study documents sexual offenses against “3677 predominantly male minors” between 1946 and 2014, Der Spiegel reported. READ
MEDIA DEPICTION VS THE REALITY   The story of the two priests arrested in Miami for “lewd and lascivious behavior” would seem to contradict what Jennifer Roback Morse calls the Grand Gay Narrative — a series of assertions about human sexuality that proponents of the sexual revolution have worked hard to advance. READ
SAINT QUOTE   “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” -Saint Augustine
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint John Chrysostom, the great preacher of Antioch, was the victim of his own success. Called to be a bishop, this simple monk found himself embroiled in the workings of the empire. He, however, managed to stay focused on the needs of the Church.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.” (Ps 139:24)  READ
SPIRITUAL BATTLE  In response to abuse crisis, multiple bishops request recitation of St. Michael Prayer after Mass. 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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