LOOP: Pope declares death penalty “contrary to the Gospel”

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GIRLS IN BOYS SCOUTS?  Up is down… They are Boy Scouts in name only, as the once conservative youth organization has voted to allow girls to join their organization. Our culture’s war on masculinity continues apace. http://cvote.it/2ygrKsZ

DEATH PENALTY  The Catholic Church has affirmed for 20 centuries that the death penalty is morally permissible. So it naturally made headlines yesterday when Pope Francis said that capital punishment “is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel.” http://cvote.it/2yhUtO0

DEATH PENALTY  No matter what you personally think about the practice, Pope Francis is wrong about the death penalty. Here’s why. http://cvote.it/2yibl7p

HOLLYWOOD SCANDAL  NBC News tried to protect Harvey Weinstein by trying to kill Ronan Farrow’s investigative report — even after he found a woman who said Weinsten raped her. So Farrow kept pursuing the story and even paid for a camera crew out of his own pocket. http://cvote.it/2yiaFPy

CONSERVATIVES SLAM MCCONNELL  Five prominent conservative activists wrote a scathing letter calling on Mitch McConnell to step down as Senate Majority Leader. “You promised to repeal Obamacare, ‘root and branch.’ You’ve done nothing. You promised tax reform. You’ve done nothing… You don’t even show up for work.” http://cvote.it/2yhWQjM

CONTRACEPTION  If you can pay for aspirin, you can pay for birth control. http://cvote.it/2yif9Wo

IMMIGRATION  Lay people have a duty to lead the border debate, not bishops. http://cvote.it/2gfL7M9

GALACTIC CALL  Pope Francis to call astronauts aboard the Space Station. http://cvote.it/2yi19vy 

POPE’S APPROACH  Could the Vatican be naive about the threats posed by modern secular culture? Key papal ally, Father Antonio Spadaro said that the Pope rejects the concept that the Church is at war with modern culture: “Bergoglio [Pope Francis] wants to liberate pastors from the feeling of being at war .. by which the Church feels enclosed by a society it must fight against.”  http://cvote.it/2yhoGga

SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS READINGS  “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord” (Ps 40:5)  –  http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

TRUTH  11 things every Catholic should know about the mysterious apparitions at Fatima. http://cvote.it/2gcmWye

 

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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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