LOOP: Hurricane Irma strikes Florida



PRAY FOR FLORIDA // Let’s join together and pray for all Floridians as they endure Hurricane Irma, which made landfall and is marching up Florida. Pray to Saint Medard, the patron saint for protection from bad storms. News coverage: http://cvote.it/2xf7E1W

POPE CHANGES LITURGY PROCESS // Over the weekend, Pope Francis issued a new directive on liturgical translations conferring a greater role to national bishops’ conferences. The liberal Jesuit magazine America was excited about the change. There will certainly be more opinions on the document in the days ahead. For a straight news account of the changes: http://cvote.it/2xfuPc6

LOSING RUST BELT CATHOLICS // Pittsburgh-based journalist Selena Zito understood the 2016 election perhaps better than anyone. Unlike most reporters in the Beltway, Zito actually talked and listened to voters all across the country. Her newest article is about how Democrats are alienating Rust Belt Catholic voters. She writes about a gas station she visited where a TV blared actress Martha Plimpton’s celebration of her abortion. The manager behind the counter retorted: “And they wonder why people don’t vote for Democrats around here anymore.” http://cvote.it/2xeI3Gb

BANNON ON 60 MINUTES // Here’s the interview everyone in politics will be talking about today. In a long interview with Charlie Rose, former White House Adviser Steve Bannon came out swinging against Congressional Republicans for not supporting Donald Trump’s agenda. “They’re gonna be held accountable.” And Bannon had even harsher words for the Bush administration for getting the U.S. into an Iraqi War and brought China into the WTO. “I hold these people in contempt — total contempt…. they’re idiots,” said Bannon. Video and transcript: http://cvote.it/2xpUDn4

PRIMARY CHALLENGERS? // When Bannon said he would hold Republicans accountable, he was apparently serious. Now at Breitbart, Bannon is planning on running challengers to Senate Republicans (like Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona) who are not backing Trump’s policies. http://cvote.it/2xeKzMT

CATHOLIC PRIME MINISTER? // Kudos to Jacob Rees-Mogg. The British politician said on live TV that he was opposed to abortion and same-sex “marriage.” And the media in London lost their minds. But the general public of Britain seemed to have appreciated Rees-Mogg for his honesty. He is quickly rising in popularity, and some want him to become the leader of the conservative Tory party. http://cvote.it/2xeXiyS

CATHOLICISM VS GENDER INSANITY // Archbishop Charles Chaput: “God exists. His Creation has a natural order. Our sexuality is part of that life-giving order.  Sooner or later, nature defeats ideology. It doesn’t matter how strong or widely shared or persuasive a bad system of ideas might seem to be.  It will always lose. The trouble, as we learned in the last century, is that foolish and perverse thinking can take a long time to die. And it can ruin countless lives and poison whole societies in the process.” http://cvote.it/2xf6LGl 

SAINT // Saint Cyprian – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “In God is my safety and my glory.” (Ps 62:6) – 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. Honestly: why is Steve Bannon treated so seriously at this website? He is a White supremacist in charge of a White supremacist website.
    If your website was a Catholic website and not a neo-conservative website, we wouldn’t be hearing from him, I imagine.

  2. Why do you post Steve Bannon statements at this website without any context? I.E. what is the news value for Catholics of hearing about what Steve Bannon has to say?
    This man has no credibility on the Iraq War: is this the same guy predicting war with both China and other Middle East nations in the next few years? As if neither of those would become military and financial quagmires?
    Finally, if Bannon truly thinks the WTO is such a rotten deal for Americans, he would not have sought to – and did – financially profit from advertisers who themselves profited off the WTO. But as usual, what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander. It’s fine for Bannon to profit off those very companies, but we everyday Americans, we’re being hoodwinked! And we need a true patriot like Steve Bannon to let us know.
    Come on.

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