News Feed from https://catholicvote.org/.. May `10, 2021

Posted by: MBR on Wed May 5th, 2021 5:04 am

TUESDAY, MAY 4  

 
FLORIDA ENDS EMERGENCY  Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-FL, signed a bill that suspended all local Covid-19 emergency orders in Florida. The new law also bans the use of “vaccine passports.” DeSantis said: “You have a right to participate in society, go to a restaurant, movie, a ballgame, all these things without having to divulge this type of information.”   READ
 
 
 
BIDEN REFUGEE LIMIT  In response to liberal backlash, President Biden announced that his administration would increase the number of refugees admitted into the United States. "Today, I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year," Biden said. But the president admitted that with just a few months left in the fiscal year, the target would not be met.   READ
 
 
 
BORDER WALL HALTED  The Biden administration quietly ended the military`s involvement in the construction of a border fence on the southern border, leaving several holes in the wall. “Consistent with the president’s proclamation, the Department of Defense is proceeding with canceling all border barrier construction projects paid for with funds originally intended for other military missions and functions,” the Department of Defense said in a statement.  READ
 
 
 
GOP VS. BIG BUSINESS?  The economy is growing faster than expected. That has economists expressing concerns over massive federal spending plans offered by the Biden administration. In addition to the recently-passed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, the president has proposed a $2.3 trillion infrastructure package and the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan. Larry Summers, who served as treasury secretary under President Clinton, has become a vocal critic of the spending spree. “All the signs are for inflation starting to break out,” he said.  READ
 
 
 
SANCTUARY CITY FOR UNBORN  Lubbock, Texas, became the largest city in the United States to outlaw abortion in its city limits, in an ordinance passed by voters 62% to 37%. Lubbock has an estimated population of 258,862. Pro-abortion organizations spent $150,000 in an attempt to defeat the ordinance.  READ
 
 
 
`CRITICAL RACE THEORY` REVOLT  Voters in Southlake, TX, revolted against a plan to implement critical race theory in local school curricula. Republicans captured two city council seats and the mayor`s seat, gaining control of the Carroll Independent School District. Voter turnout was three times larger than past local elections.  READ
 
 
 
POPE ON LOW BIRTH RATE  Pope Francis will host an event on Italy`s demographic winter in Rome on May 14. In 2019, births in Italy hit a historic low since Italian unification in 1861. Italy`s birth rate was just 1.29 children per woman – ahead of only Malta and Spain in Europe. Pope Francis has described the country`s low birth rate as a result of a “disregard for families.”  READ  
 
 
 
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“BATTLE READY”  Sister Deirdre Byrne, POSC, told an international pro-life conference that Catholics must fight to defend the family and the faith. Byrne, a surgeon and retired colonel in the U.S. Army, said: “We have to be prepared, battle-ready” as “soldiers for Christ in this dark time, where every day, things seem to be ramping up about things that are against the family and faith.” Byrne spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2020.  READ

 
 
 
CELEBRATING A YOUNG MAN  At parishes across Italy and throughout the world, Catholics celebrated the 30th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Carlo Acutis, who became the first Millennial to be beatified by the Catholic Church in October 2020. “Today for those who love Blessed Carlo there is the memory of his earthly birthday,” said Bishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi, “but as you know, for the blessed and saints, the true birthday that the Church celebrates is that of death, so his feast will be in October.”  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  What is theology? Fr. Harrison Ayre writes: “St. John Henry Newman, in his ‘The Idea of a University,’ presents theology as the hub of all the sciences, because God is at the center of all creation... Theology is rooted in two Greek words: Theos, meaning God, and logos, meaning reason. Theology is using our reason to study and know more about God and how he has shown himself to the world.”  READ
 
 
 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Little biographical data is available for Blessed Michael Giedroyc, but we do know that he was physically handicapped and that this caused him great suffering during his lifetime. Despite his difficulties, Blessed Michael coped well, due in part to his rich spiritual life.  READ
 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.” (Psalm 145:12)  READ
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings  READ
 
 
 
INSPIRATION  Carlo Acutis spent years spreading devotion to the Eucharist and to the Blessed Mother, before dying from Leukemia at 15. He once said: “I am happy to die because I have lived my life without wasting a minute on those things which do not please God.” Here are 17 inspirational quotes from this holy young man.  SHARE
Posted by: MBR on Wed May 5th, 2021 8:33 am

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5   

 
BIDEN FOR TRANS SPORTS  The Biden administration is planning to crack down on elected officials who attempt to legislate against the aims of the LGBT movement at the state level, an LGBT leader revealed Tuesday. The new information came from Alphonso David, the head of the Human Rights Campaign, America’s most powerful LGBT organization, who lamented to The Daily Beast that a number of states have passed, or are in the process of passing, laws to protect women and girls from having to compete against biological males in school sports.   READ
 
 
 
CHENEY ON THE OUTS?  House Republicans are likely to remove Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY, as House Republican Conference Chairman when they arrive in Washington next week. House Republicans decided not to remove Cheney after she voted to impeach President Trump. But many House Republicans say Cheney is playing into the media`s hands as she continues to scold Republicans over the rioters who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy previously defended Cheney, but he was caught on a hot mic saying: “I`ve had it with her... I`ve lost confidence [in her].”  READ
 
 
 
FIGHT OVER CRITICAL RACE THEORY  A new bill banning critical race theory from state agencies became law Tuesday after Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-AR, objected to but did not veto the legislation. The law calls out the controversial critical race theory (CRT) as “divisive,” and forbids state officials to teach its tenets during employee training. This move by Arkansas legislators is the latest in a growing spate of efforts by Republicans at all levels of government to counter CRT, which opponents have called dangerous, divisive, and racist.  READ
 
 
 
TRUMP BLASTS BIDEN ON ABORTION   Former President Trump confronted President Biden over his “radical” policy agenda, singling out the Biden administration’s abortion advocacy in a speech for the pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List. Trump also said it was “egregious” how the press runs defense for the Biden administration.  READ
 
 
 
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM  Lawmakers in Arkansas last week passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would add religious freedom protections to their state constitution. To take effect, the proposal must be approved by voters in the statewide 2022 November elections. Lathan Watts writes about why such state amendments are needed: “Despite a recent string of victories at the U.S. Supreme Court that primarily protected the rights of the faithful to gather to worship even during a `crisis,` for too many judges and politicians, the First Amendment just isn’t what it used to be.”  READ
 
 
 
CORPORATIONS FOR “EQUALITY” ACT  Over 400 American corporations have joined a business coalition in support of the Equality Act. The bill, if it became law would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under federal civil rights law, like sex and race. But the legislation prevents individuals and groups from making religious freedom claims under the landmark Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  READ
 
 
 
BISHOPS PRAISE REFUGEE PLAN  The U.S. bishops praised the Biden administration for raising the cap on refugees to 62,500. Bishop Mario Dorsonville, chair of the migration committee for the U.S. bishops, said he was “pleased” with the decision, but he wants to see the amount doubled. “We view this number as a stepping stone toward the Administration’s stated goal of 125,000 admissions, a figure more consistent with our values and capabilities as a nation,” said Dorsonville.  READ  
 
 
 
QUESTION OF THE WEEK  On the first of May, for the Salve Procession at the end of Compline, the Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province in Houston, processed to the Marian shrines in the convent to crown the Blessed Virgin Mary. While the floral crowns are made from spray roses, each sister made her own paper roses to offer at the last Marian shrine.  SHARE
 
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CHURCH ARSON  A man has been charged in connection with a fire that destroyed the rooftop of the historic San Gabriel Mission founded by St. Junipero Serra. “The loss to the mission was in the millions of dollars but the loss to the community is immeasurable,” said Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.  READ

 
 
 
SILVER LINING?  Nine months after a fire ravaged the San Gabriel Mission, workers have discovered painted walls with colorful designs behind peeling layers of plaster that historians never knew existed. “We have learned so much about this building from the fire,” said Terri Huerta, the mission`s historical director.  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  Do Catholics worship Mary? No! Carl Olson explains: “The Incarnation, the central event in salvation history, radically changed the relationship between God and man precisely because God became man — and He did so by being born of the Virgin Mary. Every devotion shown to Mary by Catholics (and the Eastern Orthodox) is based in the belief she is the Mother of God. But this devotion is not worship; that is for God alone.”  READ
 
 
 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Paul counsels against taking advantage of the youth of a person in authority. That advice applies well for Saint Hilary of Arles who was ordained a bishop at age 29. He suffered because of his young age, but managed to be an effective prelate before his death at age 49. He also set a good example for his diocese by living simply and working hard.  READ
 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.” (Psalm 122:1)  READ
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings  READ
 
 
 
TRUTH  One of the cartoons we published in 2017 is making the rounds on social media again. SHARE
 
Posted by: MBR on Fri May 7th, 2021 4:18 am

THURSDAY, MAY 6   

 
BIRTH DEARTH  The number of babies born in the United States was the lowest in more than four decades, with women giving birth to 3.61 million babies in 2020, down 4% from the previous year. The total fertility rate fell to 1.64, the lowest number since the 1930s. Researcher W. Brad Wilcox attributed the decline to delays in marriage, greater emphasis on work and education, and advances in technology that reduce socializing. “We could be on the cusp of a major demographic shift,” he said.   READ
 
 
 
DEPORTATIONS COLLAPSE  Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported a record low 2,962 illegal immigrants from the United States in April. On his first day in office, President Biden signed several orders on immigration – including a 100-day moratorium on deportations. That moratorium was stalled by federal judges. A surge of illegal immigrants across the border – including many unaccompanied minors – has sparked a bipartisan backlash.  READ
 
 
 
BISHOP DEFENDS BIDEN   Bishop Robert McElroy defended President Joe Biden receiving Holy Eucharist, arguing that those who would deny pro-abortion politicians Communion are overlooking racism. “Their logic is that abortion and euthanasia are particularly grave evils … and they involve threats to human life,” he wrote. “But why hasn’t racism been included in the call for eucharistic sanctions against political leaders?”  READ
 
 
 
BIG TECH MONEY  The conservative think tank Heritage Foundation has announced that they have stopped taking donations from Big Tech corporations. In October, the conservative group turned down a $225,000 donation from Google and returned a $150,000 gift from Facebook. Google had donated a total of $1.55 million to Heritage.  READ
 
 
 
TEACHERS UNIONS & CDC  House Republicans confronted the Centers for Disease Control this week after newly-released emails revealed the CDC quietly “partnered” with leading teachers unions while crafting the latest school reopening guidelines – which many schools relied on to delay a return to in-person learning. In a letter, three House Republicans said the emails “raise significant concerns about whether you, as the Director of the CDC, are putting politics over science and Biden-Harris campaign donors over children.”  READ
 
 
 
ARSON AT PREGNANCY CENTER  An intentionally set fire won`t stop the pro-life mission of the Women`s Care Center in Peoria, IL. “Our doors are open. We just don`t have any doors,” said Connie McClure, the center`s director of client care. This story provides a great recap as well as a link to donate for Loopers who want to help.  READ
 
 
 
QUOTE OF THE DAY  “What do you get if you cross a former Danish prime minister, someone who edited the left-wing Guardian newspaper, a Yemini activist, a bunch of law professors and a Pakistani digital rights advocate? The predictable banning of Donald Trump.” –David Marcus, on Facebook`s “independent” board that banned Trump.  READ  
 
 
 
DATA  Deaths exceeded births in a record number of states in 2020. With more death, fewer births, and less immigration, the United States saw its smallest percentage gain in population in at least 100 years, according to a new study by the University of New Hampshire. In the map below, states in red had deaths exceeding births in 2019 and 2020. States in pink had deaths exceeding births in 2020. States colored blue had births exceeding deaths in 2019 and 2020.  SHARE
 
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WEBINAR WITH ARCHBISHOP  Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will be interviewed by EWTN host Patricia Sandoval during a webinar about his recent pastoral letter on the dignity of the unborn, reception of the Eucharist, and the responsibilities of Catholics in public life. Anyone can register to watch the webinar, which is scheduled for May 7 at 1 p.m. Pacific (4 p.m. Eastern).  REGISTER

 
 
 
POPE ELEVATES BURKE  Cardinal Raymond Burke and seven other cardinals were elevated by Pope Francis from cardinal deacons to the rank of cardinal priests. All eight of these cardinals were made cardinal deacons 10 years ago by Pope Benedict XVI, so this elevation was expected.  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  Why is May the month of Mary? Marge Fenelon notes that in Ancient Rome, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blossoms. “In medieval times, similar customs abounded, all centering around the practice of expelling winter, as May 1 was considered the start of new growth. During this period, the tradition of Tricesimum, or `Thirty-Day Devotion to Mary,` came into being,” writes Fenelon.  READ
 
 
 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Two almost unknown martyrs courageously witnessed to the world many years ago about their faith. Saints Marian and James were martyred in the 3rd century, yet their deaths still speak to the Church today.  READ
 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.” (Psalm 96:3)  READ
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings  READ
 
 
 
TRUTH  We think this would be Our Lady`s response to this horrible tweet.  SHARE
Posted by: MBR on Sat May 8th, 2021 6:39 am

FRIDAY, MAY 7   

 
“BIRTHING PEOPLE”?  Rep. Cori Bush, D-MO, referred to women as “birthing people” during her testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. “Every day, Black birthing people and our babies die because our doctors don’t believe our pain,” Bush tweeted with a video of her remarks. In January, House Democrats passed a resolution that banned gender-specific terms like mother and father.   READ
 
 
 
BIDEN ON DAY OF PRAYER  President Biden issued a proclamation on the celebration of the National Day of Prayer, but made no reference to God – despite his spokeswoman`s repeated references to him as “devout.” Biden did mention “racial justice” and climate change during the National Day of Prayer.  READ
 
 
 
GETTING BACK TO WORK   South Carolina joined Montana in announcing that they will end their participation in federal COVID-19 unemployment plans. Gov. Henry McMaster, R-SC, cited the hardship endured by small businesses who now can`t find people to hire. In Montana, the $300 weekly unemployment bonus will be replaced on June 27 with a $1,200 return-to-work bonus. “Incentives matter, and the vast expansion of federal unemployment benefits is now doing more harm than good," said Gov. Greg Gianforte, R-MT. "We need to incentivize Montanans to reenter the workforce."  READ
 
 
 
CRITICAL RACE THEORY VS KIDS  Citing concerns for children, the Tennessee Legislature passed a bill banning public and charter schools from teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT). State Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis, said it was wrong to “teach your kids that they are inherently racist because of the color of their skin,” adding that Rev. Martin Luther King “lost his life preaching that and we need to honor his memory....”   READ
 
 
 
PRO-LIFE IOWA  Lawmakers in Iowa are moving forward with a state constitutional amendment that would prevent recognition of abortion as a legal right. The proposed amendment is a response to a 2018 decision by the Iowa Supreme Court that found a “right to abortion” in the state`s constitution.  READ
 
 
 
HISPANIC VOTE  A “conservative surge” among Latino voters in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley gives the GOP reason to hope for a national political shift of Hispanic voters, The New York Times reported this week. After last November, local Republican leaders with names like Adrienne Pena-Garza, Hilda Garza DeShazo, and Mayra Flores dominate the local political scene, Jennifer Medina reported. “Nearly all of them are Hispanic women.”  READ
 
 
 
COVID THREAT WANING  “Don`t buy the fearmongering: The COVID-19 threat is waning,” writes Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “Given the now low, manageable and declining COVID threat, let’s stop depriving people of their livelihoods and move toward normalcy.”  READ  
 
 
 
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OUTPERFORM  Students attending Catholic schools do better at reading and math than students attending public schools, according to the Digest of Education Statistics, published by the U.S. Department of Education. Terence Jeffrey noted: “It did not matter whether the schools were located in a city, a suburb, a town or a rural area. In every location for which the digest had sufficient data on Catholic schools, it showed that the Catholic schools beat the public schools in reading and math.”  READ  
 
 
 
VIDEO  Don`t forget Mother`s Day is this weekend!  SHARE
 
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PRO-ABORTION POLITICIANS  San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone explained his stance that politicians who support abortion should not present themselves for Holy Communion: “I’m not trying to sway votes. I’m trying to save souls.” Cordileone said that there are many important political issues, but abortion is different. “We have to recognize that this is at a whole other level. The direct killing of an innocent human being — it’s a specific act, it’s not an issue where there are different possible ways to approach it.”  READ

 
 
 
VATICAN MEDICAL CONFERENCE  The Vatican has provided few details on the funding of controversial conferences, including the recent controversial medical conference. Journalist Edward Pentin said that the groups participating in the conference appear to be paying most or all of the costs, not the Vatican.  READ
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Posted by: MBR on Mon May 10th, 2021 7:23 am

MONDAY, MAY 10   

 
HOUSE GOP  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, announced that he wants Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY, voted out as House Republican Conference Chair and replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY. McCarthy said Cheney was preventing the GOP from being united. “As conference chair, you have one of the most critical jobs as the messenger of going forward. Are we talking about what the Democrats are doing on the border? Are we talking about all the missed jobs report [sic] that we just had?” said McCarthy.  READ
 
 
 
BIDEN ON DAY OF PRAYER  President Biden issued a proclamation on the celebration of the National Day of Prayer, but made no reference to God – despite his spokeswoman`s repeated references to him as “devout.” Biden did mention “racial justice” and climate change during the National Day of Prayer.  READ
 
 
 
2024  Former Vice President Mike Pence will be the main speaker at the Hillsborough County GOP`s annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire. His decision to speak in the state that holds the first presidential primary is fueling speculation that he is considering a presidential run in 2024. His first speech since leaving office in January was in South Carolina, another early primary state.  READ
 
 
 
POLISH STATUE VANDALIZED  The New York Police Department is “vigorously” investigating the vandalism of a statue of Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko, a Polish priest murdered in 1984 due to his work in Poland`s Solidarity Movement. “I just hope that this is not an act of aggression against [the] Polish-American community. I hope this is just a lack of education,” said Bogdan Chmielewski, president of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union – which has offered to pay for surveillance cameras for the statue.  READ
 
 
 
PAYMENT FOR VACCINES  Gov. Phil Murphy, D-NJ, is considering a plan where the state would pay people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Recently, Maryland launched a program to pay state employees $100 to become fully vaccinated. West Virginia is offering $100 savings bonds to 16- to 35-year-olds who get vaccinated.  READ
 
 
 
DANGERS OF SURROGACY  “Surrogacy is fraught with ethical and moral considerations. It is a process that can exploit vulnerable women. It carries significant health and psychological risks for the women whose wombs have been `rented,` the women whose eggs have been harvested to create an embryo, and the children who are born from these arrangements. All too often, the desires of adults—namely, the commissioning parent(s)—supersede the interests of children,” write Grace Melton and Melanie Israel.  READ
 
 
 
RACIAL POLITICS AT DISNEY  The Walt Disney Corporation is pushing critical race theory and forcing employees to take training on “systemic racism” and “white privilege.” According to company documents obtained by a whistleblower, the United States has a “long history of systemic racism and transphobia,” and white employees, in particular, must “work through feelings of guilt, shame, and defensiveness to understand what is beneath them and what needs to be healed.”  READ  
 
 
 
P.C. COMEDY  Billy Crystal is another comedian who is concerned that cancel culture is destroying their industry. “It’s becoming a minefield and I get it,” Crystal said. “I don’t like it, I understand it … I just keep doing what I’m doing and that’s all you can do right now. It’s a totally different world [now] and it doesn’t mean you have to like it.”  READ  
 
 
 
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CHELSEA AT VATICAN  Chelsea Clinton called for the regulation of “anti-vaccine content” on social media on the second day of the online Vatican health conference on “exploring the mind, body, and soul.” Clinton said: “I personally very strongly believe there has to be more intensive and intentional and coordinated global regulation of the content on social media platforms.” The Vatican`s invitation of Clinton, who supports abortion, caused a backlash among Catholics.  READ

 
 
 
CLERGY VISITATIONS  Arizona`s five Catholic bishops hailed a new law which forbids hospitals from unduly restricting clergy visitations during the COVID-19 pandemic. “During the pandemic, too many people have died without the spiritual assistance or sacraments desired at the end of their lives,” the five Catholic bishops of Arizona stated in a joint letter. Under the new law, clergy must follow “reasonable health and safety precautions,” but the hospital “must facilitate a virtual clergy visit” if in-person visits are suspended.  READ
 
 
 
CATHOLIC 101  Why is Mary depicted standing on a snake? Philip Kosloski writes that the tradition is based on a verse from the Book of Genesis in which the downfall of Satan in predicted.  READ
 
 
 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Damien de Veuster became so well known for his work among the lepers in Hawaii that Moloka’i almost became his surname. Dedicating his life to those suffering from Hansen`s disease, Damien made the world aware of their plight. He succumbed to the disease and died in 1889.  READ
 
 
 
DAILY PSALM  “The Lord takes delight in his people.” (Psalm 149:4)  READ
 
 
 
DAILY READINGS  Today`s Mass readings  READ
 
 
 
VIRAL  “You didn`t listen to us” a concerned parent told the Fairfax School Board (VA), in response to their decision to push critical race theory indoctrination while also eliminating merit-based race-blind admissions to a science and technology school.  SHARE