In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the president weighing in on transgender students in public bathrooms, Trump and his taxes, and the pope discusses exclusion and inequality.
"What impedes the Church from allowing women to be deacons, just as it happened in the early Church? I actually don't know! Why not construct an official commission that might study the question? I like that idea! Let's do it." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “Follow me." (John 21:19)
In the News:
- The Obama administration will issue guidance on Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.
- Donald Trump is digging in his heels when it comes to his tax returns, stating on Friday that voters don’t have a right to see the documents before November and snapping back during an interview that his tax rate is “none of your business.”
- Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world’s oldest person, has died at age 116 in New York.
Pope Francis and church news:
- An economic vision geared solely toward profit and material well-being has led to an economy of exclusion and inequality that has increased poverty and the number of people discarded "as unproductive and useless," Pope Francis said.
- A major aid agency reported that 27.8 million people around the world were internally displaced by conflicts and natural disasters last year, calling it a global crisis.
- The administration and sponsoring religious community of San Francisco’s Mercy High School support the continued employment of an English teacher who recently came out as a transgender male, says a letter released to school parents Wednesday night.
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