LOOP: Trump promises stronger background checks on guns



TAX MONEY TO PP  New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has re-started taxpayer funding to abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Murphy, a Democrat, claims to be Catholic. Former Gov. Chris Christie had cut off funding to Planned Parenthood in 2010. http://cvote.it/2HDcY1Q  

THEY HATE CHRISTIANITY  Millions of Americans mourned the death of Christian evangelist Billy Graham. But his death also brought to light just how some corners of our society are awash in ugly anti-Christian bigotry. Lauren Duca, a columnist for Teen Vogue, used several profanities while stating that she believed the preacher would spend eternity in damnation. Warning: story quotes Duca verbatim.  http://cvote.it/2EGfjuS

GUN ‘DEBATE’ ON TV  Not sure why Sen. Marco Rubio would willingly go before a CNN town hall on guns. But the entire crowd booed the senator, while a victim’s father berated him. http://cvote.it/2HB4WpX  

TRUMP ON GUNS  President Trump met with students, teachers, and families affected by the recent school shooting in Florida. “We are going to be very strong on background checks, and put a very strong emphasis on the mental health of somebody,” Trump said. “We’re going to talk and get it done. It’s been going on too long, too many instances and we’re going to get it done.” http://cvote.it/2EMoji7

CULTURE  An actress from the box-office hit Black Panther almost quit acting to find God. And her recent success hasn’t stopped her excitement about her faith. http://cvote.it/2HzJUrQ

ACCOUNTABILITY IN ACADEMIA  Former Michigan Gov. John Engler agreed to be paid 32% less than his predecessor, and then decided to give his entire annual salary back to Michigan State University. Engler took over as interim president at the scandal-plagued school on Feb 5. MSU is reeling from reports that they refused to respond to numerous complaints of sexual abuse from Dr. Larry Nassar. http://cvote.it/2EIOtCh

BILLY GRAHAM  U.S. Bishops and Catholic leaders praised the Christian witness of Billy Graham. Cardinal Timothy Dolan said: “There was no question that the Dolans were a Catholic family, firm in our faith, but in our household there was always respect and admiration for Billy Graham and the work he was doing to bring people to God.” http://cvote.it/2HClhee

PAPAL FOUNDATION  Pope Francis’ request for $25 million donation to scandal-hit hospital divides charity. http://cvote.it/2EIUjUd

SAINT OF THE DAY  The feast of the Chair of Saint Peter commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of the whole Church.   http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS READINGS  “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” (Ps 23:1) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

WITNESS  The extraordinary friendship of Rev. Billy Graham and Pope John Paul II. http://cvote.it/2HxQAqB


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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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