Sept. 21 : News Feed from Catholic Vote

Posted by: MBR on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 4:28 am

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 - FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

 
93 ATTACKS  The U.S. bishops have reported 93 anti-Catholic attacks including acts of arson, gravestones defaced, and statues beheaded since May 2020. Last weekend, St. Louis Catholic Church in Louisville, CO, was vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti. But Catholics are disturbed by a lack of response from political leaders. “Can you imagine if the type and number of attacks we’ve seen against Catholics occurred against mosques or Jewish places of worship?” said Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org. “The response would be overwhelming. And yet there’s practically silence, in part because the media does the bidding of the pro-abortion movement.”  READ
 
 
 
REPORT ON FAUCI  The National Institute of Health (NIH) issued a “bat coronavirus grant” to a group called the EcoHealth Alliance for “$3.1 million, including $599,000 that the Wuhan Institute of Virology used in part to identify and alter bat coronaviruses likely to infect humans.” That`s according to information obtained through a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Intercept. Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, said that this evidence suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci was being “untruthful” in his remarks to the Senate in May, when he denied that the NIH funded gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  READ
 
 
 
ABORTION IN MEXICO  Pro-life leaders in Mexico decried their Supreme Court`s invalidation of several articles that protected life from conception in the state of Coahuila. Marcial Padilla, director of the pro-life platform ConParticipación, said that "abortion does not solve any of the woman`s problems," but rather "leaves her alone and makes her the mother of a dead child." While the ruling only directly affected the state of Coahuila, it is expected to have a wide-ranging impact across the country.  READ
 
 
 
FEDS FOR ABORTIONISTS  Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed to enlist the Department of Justice to "protect" women seeking abortions in Texas. Garland cited a Clinton-era law that prohibits the obstruction of abortion facilities. “We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services, physical obstruction or property damage in violation of the FACE Act,” Garland stated.  READ
 
 
 
ELECTION INTEGRITY IN TEXAS  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an election reform bill into law that had triggered Democratic lawmakers to flee to the nation`s capital in an attempt to obstruct it. The new law bans 24-hour and drive-through voting, creates new ID mandates for mail-in voting, and provides for monthly voter roll checks. Abbott said the bill makes it easier than ever before for anybody to go cast a ballot. It does also, however, make sure it is harder than ever for people to cheat at the ballot box.”  READ
 
 
 
ABORTION-INDUCING DRUGS  Gov. Kristi Noem, R-SD, has signed an executive order prohibiting the abortion industry from prescribing and selling abortion-inducing drugs online. Under Noem’s new order, only licensed South Dakota doctors may prescribe abortion-inducing drugs, and then only after an in-person exam.  READ
 
 
 
TRUMP TO IOWA  Former President Trump will make his first trip back to the state with the first-in-the-nation caucus since the 2020 election. Trump`s rally will be held on Oct. 9 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  READ
 
 
 
FREED TO LEAD AFGHANISTAN  Four out of five detainees from Guantanamo released by former President Barack Obama in exchange for former U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 now hold senior positions in the interim government created by the Taliban in Afghanistan.  READ
 
 
 
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LGBT GROUP & ANDREW CUOMO  The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a leading LGBTQ advocacy group, has ousted its first black president for advising New York`s former Gov. Andrew Cuomo on his sexual harassment allegations and then refusing to resign. HRC chairs Morgan Cox and Jody Patterson said David violated his contract`s conflict of interest rules and the organization`s mission of supporting abuse victims in December 2020, when he advised Cuomo on how to respond to the numerous women who accused the now-disgraced former governor of sexual harassment.  READ
 
 
 
GENDER IDEOLOGY VS. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM  Attacks on religious freedom are coming from multiple agencies of the federal government, writes Andrea Picciotti-Bayer. “The current administration has made no effort to carve out conscience rights and religious exemptions to the transgender mandate. So lawsuits continue to be filed,” she notes.  READ
 
 
 
THE INTRO TO THE SYNOD ON `SYNODALITY`  The Vatican has released a preparatory document for a 2023 synod on synodality, giving dioceses six months to review the document and offer feedback. “We recall that the purpose of the synod, and therefore of this consultation, is not to produce documents, but "to plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, give strength to our hands,” the document stated, quoting Pope Francis` remarks at the youth synod in October 2018.  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  Some people might wonder: "Why won`t Jesus heal me?" Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, writes: “One possible reason why we do not experience this healing power of Christ in our lives is that we are not properly disposed to receive Christ’s healing. We fail to place ourselves in a position to experience and respond to this healing. This is one humbling and honest reason for our lack of divine healing.”  READ
 
 
 

SAINT OF THE DAY  On Our Lady`s birthday the Church celebrates the first dawning of redemption with the appearance in the world of the Savior`s mother, Mary. The Blessed Virgin occupies a unique place in the history of salvation, and she has the highest mission ever commended to any creature. We rejoice that the Mother of God is our Mother, too. Let us often call upon the Blessed Virgin as "Cause of our joy," one of the most beautiful titles in her litany.  READ

 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “With delight I rejoice in the Lord.” (Isaiah 61:10)  READ 
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings.  READ
 
 
 
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Posted by: MBR on Fri Sep 10th, 2021 6:51 am

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

 
BIDEN PUSHES VACCINE MANDATE  President Biden ordered all employers with over 100 employees to mandate that all workers get COVID-19 shots or submit to weekly testing. “This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden said. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you... We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin.” Biden`s announcement is an about-face from his position in December, when he told reporters that he didn`t support a national vaccine mandate: “I don’t think it should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it be mandatory.”  READ
 
 
 
GOP PUSHES BACK IMMEDIATELY  Several Republican governors immediately vowed to fight Biden`s action. "This dictatorial approach is wrong, un-American and will do far more harm than good," said Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said: “My legal team is standing by ready to file our lawsuit the minute Joe Biden files his unconstitutional rule.”  READ
 
 
 
AOC VS. TEXAS GOVERNOR  In a recent CNN appearance, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, accused Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of promoting “rape culture” with his state’s new abortion ban. But commentator Kaylee McGhee White noted that in her attack on Abbott, Ocasio-Cortez kept tripping over the word “women” because of her strict adherence to the language of the Left`s "woke ideology."  READ
 
 
 
RED STATES TO COPY TEXAS  Lawmakers in several Republican-led states are looking to imitate Texas’ new law protecting unborn children after six weeks of pregnancy. “States like Missouri that have done everything in our power to make abortion not just illegal but unthinkable are seeing another potential tool to try to be able to do that,” said Missouri State Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman. Republican legislators in Florida, Indiana, South Dakota, and Ohio also see promise in implementing restrictions on abortion that will not collapse under legal challenges.  READ
 
 
 
ATF NOMINEE WITHDRAWN  The White House has withdrawn the nomination of gun-control advocate David Chipman for the role of director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Senate Democrats indicated Chipman lacked enough Democratic votes to get confirmed.  READ
 
 
 
CANCEL CULTURE  John Gibson, the head of game-developing company Tripwire Interactive, was ousted from his company after he tweeted in support of Texas’ new pro-life law. The company said Gibson`s pro-life comments “disregarded the values of our whole team.” Pro-life activists denounced Tripwire. “Your CEO stood up for human rights but apparently that’s not what your company values,” said Lila Rose of Live Action.  READ
 
 
 
QUOTE OF THE DAY  “Not a single word from Joe Biden about naturally acquired immunity, which the latest data shows is more durable than the vaccine, and an estimated 100 million Americans already have. There is no scientific justification for the omission. It’s dishonest. They don’t care.” --Buck Sexton  LINK
 
 
 
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EXECUTION & RELIGIOUS LIBERTY  The Supreme Court on Wednesday night postponed the execution of a Texas man over complaints that the state has violated his religious freedom. John Henry Ramirez, 37, received the last-minute reprieve on the night of his scheduled execution after filing an emergency complaint that his religious freedom had been violated by a rule that his Baptist pastor could not touch him on the shoulder and pray out loud as he died by lethal injection.  READ
 
 
 
EUCHARISTIC WORTHINESS  Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan said that priests have a duty to remind Catholics not to receive the Eucharist in a state of serious sin, and to make sure that confession is readily available. At the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Cardinal Onaiyekan said: “It is still the doctrine of the Church that anyone who knows himself or herself to be in a state of serious sin which distances him from the love of God should not move forward to receive the Holy Communion simply because everybody is going.”  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  St. Teresa of Avila stated that the mind is the “Loca de la casa,” or madwoman of the house! Her point is that it`s very hard to control our thoughts and our imagination. Fr. Ed Broom offers these five steps to giving your mind to Christ. And the first step is: Watch what goes in.  READ
 
 
 

SAINT OF THE DAY  St. Nicholas of Tolentino was born in answer to his mother`s prayers. Childless and in middle age, she had made a pilgrimage with her husband to the shrine of St. Nicholas of Bari to ask for a son, whom she promised to dedicate to God`s service. When her wish was granted, she named the boy Nicholas and he soon gave unusual signs of saintliness. Already at seven he would hide away in a nearby cave and pray there like the hermits whom he had observed in the mountains.  READ

 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “You are my inheritance, O Lord.” (Psalm 16:1)  READ 
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings.  READ
 
 
 
SERVICE  Twenty years after 9-11, this former New York City firefighter is now a Catholic priest. As the New York Daily News noted: “He once fought fires in Hell`s Kitchen. Now he`ll be fighting the fires of hell.”  SHARE   
 
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Posted by: MBR on Mon Sep 13th, 2021 6:22 am

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

 
HOSPITAL WON`T DELIVER BABIES  Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville, NY, announced that they will stop delivering babies after Sept. 24 because of a spate of resignations by maternity unit workers who object to the COVID-19 vaccination mandate imposed by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Rural hospitals everywhere are really trying to figure out how we’re going to make it work,” said Lewis County Health System CEO Gerald Cayer.  READ
 
 
 
MANCHIN STILL A `NO`  Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, reiterated that he`s a "no" on President Biden`s $3.5 trillion "human capital" infrastructure plan. “No. I cannot support $3.5 trillion, OK?” said Manchin. “It`s going to be a lot more than $3.5 trillion over eight or ten years because it`ll continue. All these programs will never come off. They don`t even score it out that far.”  READ
 
 
 
GROCERY PRICES TO GO UP  Beef prices have risen 14% this year. Pork has jumped 12.1% and poultry has risen 6.6%. But grocery chain Kroger said prices are headed higher later this year. The Federal Reserve has claimed that the price increases are “transitory,” and that pressure on prices will subside when supply-chain disruptions are resolved.  READ
 
 
 
TRUMP TEASES 2024 RUN  Former President Trump again floated a 2024 presidential run as he met with police officers and firefighters in New York City on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. When asked if he would launch a comeback in 2024, Trump said “actually, for me, it`s an easy question. I mean, I know what I`m going to do, but I`m not supposed to be talking about it yet from the standpoint of campaign finance laws, which, frankly, are ridiculous." Trump added: “I think you`re going to be happy.”  READ
 
 
 
`BABY ROE` STEPS FORWARD  The unborn child in the notorious Roe v. Wade case was never aborted. She was born before the Supreme Court`s final decision. Her name is Shelley Thornton, and she has now come forward to tell her story. “When someone’s pregnant with a baby, and they don’t want that baby, that person develops knowing they’re not wanted,” Thornton told author Joshua Prager.  READ
 
 
 
FIGHTING CRT  Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced the Protect Equality and Civics Education (PEACE) Act in August to discourage the teaching of divisive concepts like Critical Race Theory (CRT) in classrooms under the Department of Education’s American History and Civics Education program. “I will not allow American students to be subjected to propaganda that seeks to divide and indoctrinate future generations into believing that some individuals are inherently racist solely due to the color of their skin,” said Rubio.  READ
 
 
 
NEW BOOK ON BLM  Americans embracing “black lives matter” as a slogan of unity will be shocked to learn the Marxist agenda of the BLM political movement which claims that name, according to a new book. In BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Mike Gonzalez “dives into the radical underpinnings of Black Lives Matter and how the movement is exerting a malign influence on academia, corporate America, and pop culture” through a steady stream of propaganda that the media has largely failed to vet or challenge.  READ
 
 
 
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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION  At the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Pope Francis urged Catholics to spend more time in Eucharistic adoration. “We do well to spend time in adoration before the Eucharist in order to contemplate God’s weakness. Let’s make time for adoration,” the pope said.  READ
 
 
 
TWO POLES BEATIFIED  Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and Mother Elżbieta Róża Czacka were declared blessed at a Mass in Warsaw. Cardinal Wyszyński was the Primate of Poland, who led the Church`s resistance against Communism. Czacka was a blind nun who revolutionized care for those visually impaired. “Today’s new blesseds have received from this nation the inestimable good of faith and the vitality of the centuries-old tradition of love for God,” said Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  Why does the priest mix a drop of water into the wine while preparing the gifts at Mass? Msgr. Charles Pope explains: “The practice of mixing water and wine was common in the ancient world. Wines were usually heavier than most modern vintages and to dilute them a bit made them more palatable and less inebriating.... Mystically it came to represent our inclusion into Christ’s body by our baptism.”  READ
 
 
 

SAINT OF THE DAY  St. John Chrysostom, born in Antioch about 347 A.D., was a great genius. His powerful eloquence earned him the surname of Chrysostom, or golden-mouthed.” With St. Athanasius, St. Gregory Nazianzen, and St. Basil, he forms the group of the four great doctors of the Eastern Church. As Archbishop of Constantinople, his courageous stance against the vices of even the wealthy caused him to be exiled several times. As a result he died in 407, still in exile.  READ

 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard my prayer.” (Psalm 28:2)  READ 
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings.  READ
 
 
 
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Posted by: MBR on Wed Sep 15th, 2021 6:18 am

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15 - MEMORIAL OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS

 
GENERAL DEFIED THE PRESIDENT  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley allegedly made two phone calls to Chinese officials out of fear that President Trump would create a conflict in his final days in office, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. "General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be OK," Milley allegedly said.  READ
 
 
 
ANTI-CATHOLIC NOMINEE?  Vermont Associate Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson once represented a client who tried to force a devout Catholic couple who owned a printing company to produce materials for a pro-abortion group. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on Robinson, whom President Biden nominated for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, said: “How does a nominee like this ever get sent to the Senate? Surely the Biden Administration knew of this record and considered her qualified. The decision is telling. The anti-Catholic animus of this administration grows by the day. When will Catholics wake up?”  READ
 
 
 
CALIFORNIA RECALL  Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-CA, appears likely to rebuff an effort to recall (remove) him from office. With an estimated 61% of ballots counted, 67% voted to retain Newsom as governor, while 33% voted to remove him.  READ
 
 
 
ARIZONA SUES BIDEN ADMINISTRATION  The State of Arizona filed suit against the Biden administration Tuesday, arguing that the president’s vaccine mandate overreaches the constitutional powers of the federal government. “The federal government cannot force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” said AZ Attorney General Mark Brnovich in a statement. Arizona is the first state to sue, but many others have decried and resisted the mandate, which requires federal workers to submit to COVID-19 shots and private businesses with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine for employees.  READ
 
 
 
DO AS I SAY...  Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was photographed riding on an Amtrak train without wearing a mask, in violation of federal mask mandates that he has publicly championed. "Refusing to wear a mask is a violation of federal law; passengers may be subject to penalties under federal law, denied boarding, removed from the train, and banned from future travel in the event of noncompliance,” Amtrak states. The McAuliffe campaign did not comment on the photos of the candidate.  READ
 
 
 
GOOGLE CENSORS PRO-LIFERS  Google has banned all pro-life ads from Live Action – including ads for the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline, which is managed by a team of medical professionals. “They aren’t hiding their bias anymore,” said Lila Rose, president of Live Action. “Google’s censorship baldly reveals that the corporation is in the pocket of the abortion industry.”  READ  
 
 
 
LEFT BEHIND  Secretary of State Antony Blinken admitted that “thousands” of Americans are stranded behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, including green card holders and permanent legal residents.  READ
 
 
 
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NATIONAL CATHOLIC PRAYER BREAKFAST  The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast returned from virtual exile Tuesday, preaching unity in Christ as the remedy for America’s hyper-partisan present moment. Keynote speaker Bishop Steven Lopes told the 17th annual gathering of more than 1,000 people at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C., that this theme conveyed a bit of irony in light of Wikipedia labeling the NCPB a partisan event. Bishop Lopes quoted Pope Francis, noting: “Unity requires truth to work.”  READ
 
 
 
RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS IN POLITICS  In Slovakia, Pope Francis condemned the political use of religious symbols. Although European media interpreted his remarks in reference to the conservative Christian leaders Viktor Orban in Hungary and the rosary-brandishing Matteo Salvini in Italy, the pope did not name anyone in particular. Indeed, the pope`s caution against politicizing Catholicism applies equally to liberal Catholics like President Joe Biden, who often flashes his own rosary beads and presents himself as a "devout Catholic" while publicly denying Catholic teaching on human life.  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  Michael Heinlein writes about how we can embrace the sorrows of life with Mary. “Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows helps us to remember that the favor God shows us is not immune from suffering. ...In Mary’s suffering we can find a way to understand our suffering.”  READ
 
 
 

SAINT OF THE DAY  Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady has its roots in Sacred Scripture and in Christian piety, which always associates the Blessed Mother with her suffering Son. Today`s feast was introduced by the Servites in order to intensify devotion to Our Lady`s Sorrows. In 1817 Pius VII — suffering grievously in exile but finally liberated by Mary`s intercession — extended the feast to the universal Church.  READ

 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “How great are the works of the Lord!” (Psalm 111:1)  READ 
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings.  READ
 
 
 
WOW  The amazing story of what happened when a Swiss guard cussed in front of Mother Teresa.  SHARE   
 
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Posted by: MBR on Thu Sep 16th, 2021 7:24 am

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

 
`ABORTION IS MURDER`  Aboard the flight returning from his Slovakian trip Wednesday, Pope Francis urged bishops and priests to be pastoral rather than political when dealing with pro-abortion politicians who present themselves for Holy Communion, but added that the Catholic Church must remain firmly opposed to abortion because it ends a human life that deserves respect. “Abortion is more than an `issue.` Abortion is murder,” Francis said.  READ
 
 
 
ILLEGAL MIGRATION SURGE  The number of “border encounters” in August 2021 was 208,887 – four times higher than just one year ago, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Fox correspondent Bill Melugin reported "thousands of migrants under the international bridge in Del Rio, TX with more showing up constantly. We’re told the situation there is getting worse every day and the numbers are growing by the hour," he said.  READ
 
 
 
DEMS` TAX PLAN  Democrats have announced tax increases that they claim would raise $2 trillion over the next 10 years for their spending plans. The tax proposals includes raising the capital gains rate on high-earners from 20% to 25%, raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 26.5%, and raising the highest marginal income tax rate from 37% to 39.6%.  READ
 
 
 
DEMS: $105 BILLION FOR ILLEGALS  The Democrats presented a slideshow detailing what`s in their $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. One slide stated: “This bill will provide $105 billion or more so that eligible immigrants can have access to federal benefits and the ability to live and work in the United States without the fear of deportation.” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-IL, said: “We believe immigration is a critical element in reconciliation....”  READ
 
 
 
HISPANICS ON BIDEN  President Joe Biden’s job approval among Americans has dropped, with an especially notable drop in support among Hispanics, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. Among Hispanics, only 38% approve of Biden`s handling of his job as president – a virtual tie with white Americans who registered 37% approval. That’s a drop of 12 points among Hispanics in only a few short months. When Quinnipiac asked the same question in April, 50% of Hispanics “approved” or “strongly approved” of Biden’s performance as president.  READ
 
 
 
`PROTEST` AT KAVANAUGH`S HOME  A Monday night protest outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh drew a rebuke from a powerful Democratic senator. “Politics ain`t beanbag. We all know that you have to have a tough mental hide to be in this business,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-IL, during a panel hearing. “But it`s absolutely unacceptable, from my point of view, to involve any major public figure’s family or their home.”  READ  
 
 
 
ELECTION 2021  Democrats have dominated statewide elections in Virginia over the last nine years, so most pundits assumed that Democrat Terry McAuliffe would easily win a return to the governor`s mansion. McAuliffe, like Biden, supports abortion while claiming to be Catholic. Recent polling has boosted the chances of Republican Glenn Youngkin. And liberal pundit Geoffrey Skelley writes: “Should McAuliffe win despite Biden’s sliding approval rating, that could signal that the Old Dominion really is the Blue Dominion. But if Youngkin wins, that would be evidence that Virginia remains competitive enough that, under favorable conditions, Republicans can still win statewide.”  READ
 
 
 
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NEW CATHOLIC SCHOOL  The Archdiocese of Baltimore raised more than $25 million to open a state-of-the-art Catholic school – the first Catholic school opening in Baltimore in sixty years. George Weigel says the new Mother Mary Lange School will provide hope for many families in Baltimore. “Inner-urban Catholic schools are a lifeline for children whose futures are being put at even greater risk by failing government schools and hidebound teachers’ unions that resist educational reform while engaging in various forms of ideological indoctrination."  READ
 
 
 
THE CATHOLIC HEROES OF 9/11  There was a lot of powerful content commemorating the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In the first episode of Catholic Living, Tom Hoopes, former editor of the National Catholic Register, recounts the powerful stories of faith and heroism that were captured by his team in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 – including coverage by now-Loop Editor Josh Mercer.  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  The Eucharist is a powerful sacrament that brings us closer to God. After all the Eucharist is Our Lord. But St. John Chrysostom noted that the Eucharist also can drive away demons. “For wherever they see the Lord’s blood, devils flee, and Angels run together. This blood poured forth washed clean all the world,” said St. Chrysostom in one of his homilies.  READ
 
 
 

SAINT OF THE DAY  Today the Church commemorates two friends in the service of Christ and his Church. Cornelius, a Roman, was a pope who had to oppose Novatian, the first anti-pope. Novatian believed that apostates who repented could not be forgiven. Helped by St. Cyprian, Cornelius confirmed his papal authority. He was beheaded in exile at Civitavecchia, Italy in 253. Saints Cyprian and Cornelius are mentioned in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I) of the Mass.  READ

 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “How great are the works of the Lord!” (Psalm 111:7)  READ 
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings.  READ
 
 
 
INTERVIEW  We chatted with Scot Landry, the director of EDIFY, CV`s new video initiative.  SHARE   
 
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Posted by: MBR on Mon Sep 20th, 2021 7:12 am

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

 

`STRATEGIC PAUSE`  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, has allegedly been telling fellow Senate Democrats that Congress should take a strategic pause on President Biden`s $3.5 trillion social spending bill until 2022. Axios noted that delaying the social spending bill could “imperil House passage of the separate $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which Pelosi has promised to pass by Sept. 27.”  READ

 
 
 
PARLIAMENTARIAN SAYS NO  The Senate Parliamentarian said that the existing rules of the Senate do not allow for amnesty for illegal immigrants to be passed through the budget reconciliation process. AP political writer Zeke Miller called it a “big blow” to Biden and Democrats.  READ
 
 
 
ABORTION ON THE AGENDA  Facing a looming government shutdown, House Democrats have scheduled votes this week to increase the size of the debt ceiling and to continue funding the government. But they also plan to move forward with a bill that would codify Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, into federal law. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, said: “We must ensure that women and health care providers are protected and that a woman`s access to health care is not determined by where she lives.”  READ
 
 
 
ABORTIONIST BREAKS NEW LAW  A Texas abortionist admitted to aborting a child whose heartbeat could be detected after the passage of a law banning such abortions. The Washington Post published Dr. Alan Braid’s confession as an opinion piece. Braid wrote that “on the morning of Sept. 6,” nearly a week after Texas’ law banning abortions after six weeks of gestation, “I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit.”  READ
 
 
 
ACCOUNTABILITY NEEDED  Mike Mullen, who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the Bush and Obama administrations called the recent Kabul drone strike a “tragic, tragic mistake” after the Pentagon confirmed only civilians were killed – and not members of ISIS-K. When asked by ABC`s “This Week” whether there needs to be accountability, Mullen said: “Absolutely. I think there should.”  READ
 
 
 
MASKS FOR PRESCHOOL?  A viral video showing a toddler crying and resisting as daycare workers repeatedly try to keep a mask over his face has outraged many, leading to renewed denunciations of mask mandates such as the one instituted by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul last week. The video was originally posted by a New York mother, according to The Blaze. “This is my poor kid at daycare today so I can work,” the mother wrote, and included the hashtags “#breaksmyheart, #governorhochulthiswontwork, #whyarewepunishingbabies.”  READ  
 
 
 
CATHOLICS IN VIRGINIA  Both President Biden and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe identify as Catholic and support codifying Roe v. Wade into law. CatholicVote President Brian Burch spoke to Fox News about CV`s efforts to educate Catholics on the issues. "CatholicVote`s team of volunteers across Virginia are using an app to call fellow Catholics in their communities and ask them to commit to voting," said Burch. "We ultimately believe the most effective way to turn them out to vote is a friendly one-on-one conversation with a fellow Catholic."  READ
 
 
 
COPY OF THE CONSTITUTION  A rare copy of the U.S. Constitution is up for auction and expected to fetch at least $15 million. The copy is one of 11 surviving copies of the original printing of the Constitution. "It would have belonged to either a member of the Continental Congress or to one of the delegates to the Continental Convention. Those were the only people who had access to this first printing," said Selby Kiffer, an international senior specialist in Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department.  READ
 
 
 
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ST. JANUARIUS` BLOOD  For the second time in 2021, the blood of St. Januarius liquefied in Naples on Sunday. The miraculous event took place in the city`s Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary during morning Mass on Sept. 19, the saint’s feast day. Archbishop Domenico Battaglia showed the reliquary to the faithful and said: “The blood has liquefied.”  READ
 
 
 
JUSTICE THOMAS THANKS NUNS  Speaking at Notre Dame, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas credits his grandparents and Catholic nuns for instilling his belief that all people were children of God and that the racist flaws of America were a betrayal of its best promises. “To this day I revere, admire, and love my nuns. They were devout, courageous, and principled women,” said Thomas.  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  Is the Bible a historical book? Sr. Anna Marie McGuan writes: “The creation stories and the archetypal imagery and stories of the first chapters of Genesis are not the same as the history of David and Saul and the rise of the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel. They have to be read with different literary lenses, so to speak. Otherwise, I can easily misunderstand the purpose and message of the book.”  READ
 
 
 

SAINT OF THE DAY  During the 17th century the Christian faith was brought to Korea through the zeal of lay persons. From the very beginning these Christians suffered terrible persecutions and many suffered martyrdom during the 19th century. Today`s feast honors a group of 103 martyrs. Notable of these were Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean priest, and the lay apostle Paul Chong Hasang.  READ

 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “The Lord has done marvels for us.” (Psalm 126:1)  READ 
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings.  READ
 
 
 
HUMOR  Fans like to tease their opponents. It`s a tradition.  SHARE   
 
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

 

ABORTION AT SUPREME COURT  The Supreme Court has set the date of December 1 to begin hearing arguments in a case that directly challenges the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states. The case, called Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, will decide the validity of a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. In December, attorneys will begin presenting arguments against a lower court ruling which stopped the Mississippi pro-life law from being enforced.  READ

 
 
 
ABORTION VOTE FRIDAY  Democrats in the House of Representatives will vote Friday to pass legislation that would enshrine the “right” to abortion in federal law. The “Women’s Health Protection Act,” which Republican opponents have dubbed the “Abortion On Demand Act,” would preemptively destroy all future state-level legislation to protect the unborn. If the bill passes the House, it is not expected to pass the Senate, where it would need a 60-vote supermajority to overcome a filibuster.  READ
 
 
 
VATICAN COVID POLICY  Vatican City announced Monday that it will begin requiring a so-called “green pass” for entry starting next month. “As of Oct 1, 2021, entry into the Vatican is permitted exclusively to persons holding the ‘Vatican Green Pass,’ ‘European Green Pass,’ or foreign green COVID-19 certification proving vaccination, recovery, or negative rapid molecular or antigenic test,” reported Catholic journalist Diane Montagne.  READ
 
 
 
VACCINATION & MIGRATION  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked why foreign travelers need to prove their vaccination status, but not people who enter the country illegally. Psaki responded that the illegal immigrants are “not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time.”  READ
 
 
 
BORDER INSECURITY  Former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott warned that the agency is "rapidly losing the situational awareness required to know who or what is entering our Homeland" as turmoil continues at the southern border. "As Chief, I was the most senior official responsible for border security between ports of entry. I witnessed the [unprecedented] seismic shift in border security and immigration policy that was initiated on January 20, 2021.”  READ
 
 
 
MEDICAL WORKERS QUIT  Indiana`s largest hospital system imposed a vaccine mandate for medical employees. As a result, 125 employees have left, and more than 300 have been suspended.  READ  
 
 
 
MASKS FOR THEE, NOT FOR ME  At both the Met Gala and the Emmys, celebrities didn`t wear masks, but all the help were required to do so. David Marcus says we`re witnessing the formation of a COVID “caste system.” “Americans are not by nature a jealous people. We do not begrudge the rich their luxuries. After all, those of more modest means have our own pleasures. ...But what we cannot abide is a legal or social system that gives the elites a different set of rights, a different set of freedoms,” said Marcus.  READ
 
 
 
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NO VACCINATION, NO MASS  A Canadian archbishop is insisting that only the vaccinated can attend Mass. The Archdiocese of Moncton is complying with strident restrictions imposed by the province of New Brunswick. Fewer than 50 people have died from COVID-19 in the province of New Brunswick since the pandemic began, according to government statistics.  READ
 
 
 
NEW PRO-LIFE SAINT?  Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, who sacrificed her life for her child by refusing chemotherapy treatment in order to save the life of her unborn baby. “The Lord wanted your birth despite all the problems there were,” she wrote in a 1995 letter to her baby before she died at age 26. “When we found out about you, we loved you and wanted you with all our heart.”  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  Why do some Eastern Catholics use a spoon to distribute both the Body and the Blood of Jesus during Communion? “Eastern Catholics had to come up with a solution to reverently distribute Holy Communion to the faithful, ensuring that particles of the consecrated bread and drops of the consecrated wine did not fall on the ground,” writes Philip Kosloski. The spoon prevents any drops or particles from landing on the ground.  READ
 
 
 

SAINT OF THE DAY  At the time that Jesus summoned him to follow Him, Matthew was a publican, that is, a tax-collector for the Romans. His profession was hateful to the Jews because it reminded them of their subjection; the publican, also, was regarded by the Pharisees as the typical sinner. St. Matthew is known to us principally as an Evangelist. He was the first to put down in writing our Lord`s teaching and the account of His life.  READ

 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “Their message goes out through all the earth.” (Psalm 19:2)  READ 
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings.  READ
 
 
 
BEAUTY  Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, DC.  SHARE   
 
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