LOOP: Vatican cancels US bishops’ vote on sex abuse reforms



VATICAN: DELAY VOTE   The U.S. bishops meeting in Baltimore was set to vote on a non-binding Code of Conduct for bishops and the creation of a lay-led body to investigate bishops accused of misconduct. But Cardinal Daniel DiNardo told the bishops that the Vatican asked them to delay votes on any reforms until after Pope Francis meets with the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences in February to discuss the global sex-abuse crisis. READ
ARIZONA SENATE  Republican Martha McSally has conceded to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, giving Democrats their second senate seat pick-up. Republicans flipped ND, IN, and MO, but lost Nevada and now Arizona, giving them a net gain of one seat. If Republicans win the recount in Florida, they will increase their majority by two seats to 53-47. (Republicans are expected to win the Senate runoff in Mississippi on Nov. 27). READ
MORE ON ARIZONA  Arizona’s other senate seat is held by Jon Kyl, who came out of retirement to be appointed to the Senate after the death of John McCain. Kyl agreed to serve during the Kavanaugh confirmation fight and is expected to resign by the new year. There’s speculation that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey might appoint Martha McSally to the Senate. READ
ABOUT FLORIDA’S RECOUNT  Of the 4,687 statewide elections across the country between 2000 and 2016, just 26 went to a recount. Of those 26, only three recounts wound up changing the initial result of the race. The average swing of votes in those three elections was about 311 votes. In Florida, Republican senate candidate Rick Scott has a lead of about 12,500 votes over Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson. READ
PEACE CROSS WAR MEMORIAL  Veterans criticized an atheist group for trying to remove a historic World War I memorial because people were “offended” by the monument’s Christian symbolism. “Americans of all faith backgrounds should be offended,” said Jake Hill, a land corporal from Madison, WI. “Where will this end? Will they begin chiseling the crosses and stars of David off gravestones in Arlington [National Cemetery] next?”  READ
ANOTHER CHENEY  Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY, is seeking the position of GOP Conference Chair, a leadership post in the House Republican caucus which is focused on strategy. Cheney serves in the same house seat once held by her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney. Like her father, Liz Cheney is considered a strong supporter of military interventions. READ
2020  Ohio has long been a swing state, but it seems to be tilted more red lately. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown was able to buck this trend and win reelection last week in Ohio. Brown, who says his party needs a blueprint for the industrial Midwest, admits that he’s considering a 2020 presidential run. READ
ENDLESS INVESTIGATIONS?  House Democrats are preparing a “subpoena cannon” once they take control of the chamber in January. Axios reporter Zach Basu has compiled a list of at least 85 potential Trump-related investigation and subpoena targets for the new majority. READ
THE CLERGY CRISIS  Jennifer Roback Morse: “Church leadership won’t solve this current crisis unless it confronts homosexual practice among the clergy and especially the networks of homosexually-oriented clergy operating to protect each other.” READ
CHINA CRACKS DOWN ON CATHOLICS  Cardinal Zen flew to Rome and handed Pope Francis a letter detailing the situation faced by underground Catholics in China. Cardinal Zen has been a strong critic of the recent Vatican-China deal which granted the Communist government power on appointment of bishops.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Although she was born in Italy, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized. She was sent to the United States by Pope Leo XIII and spent the rest of her life working with the Italian immigrants, particularly in New York City and Chicago. READ
DAILY READINGS  “The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.” (Ps 24:6)  READ
WITNESS  At this week’s meeting, the U.S. bishops’ conference is considering a vote to approve the opening of the cause for canonization of Sr. Thea Bowman, who served the poor and fought for racial harmony.  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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