In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include anticipation of the August 6th 50 year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the GOP Presidential candidates' "Trump Strategy", and an outline of the moments that collectively signify a church that is "more open to welcoming the LGBT community and the diverse realities of the modern family than it was two years ago."
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy" (Martin Luther King)
Today's Gospel: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing." (Luke 10:41-42)
In the News:
- August 6th is the 50 year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act which was signed into law in 1965. It eliminated literacy tests, other Jim Crow tactics, and prevented states from inventing new ways to suppress the vote. But over the past few years, many of the voting rights that the Voting Rights Act established as law have been slowly rolled back. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. even declared that the Voting Rights Act had done its job, and it was time to move on.
- While many GOP Presidential candidates are preparing their messages for the American people in anticipation of the first Republican debate, they are also spending time preparing a "Trump strategy." According to campaign aides, figuring out how to handle Trump is subject they are constantly addressing with Presidential hopefuls.
- The University of Cincinnati Police Officer that was charged with the death of Samuel Dubose has been indicted for murder. After Samuel Dubose was pulled over for missing his front license plate, police officer Ray Tensing shot the unarmed man in the head.
Pope Francis and church news:
- In anticipation of Pope Francis' visit to the Capitol, House leaders are limiting floor access for former members of Congress. Proving just how much interest there is in the Pope's visit, House leaders moved to change the rules that govern access to the floor on Tuesday. Under the changed rules, only a limited group will have access to the House floor during the Pope's much anticipated speech.
- In TIME, Executive Director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good Christopher Hale outlines the moments and events that collectively reveal a church that is "more open to welcoming the LGBT community and the diverse realities of the modern family than it was two years ago."
- Leaders from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting expressed concerns over the Boy Scouts of America's new policy to allow openly gay troop leaders and employees to serve in their ranks at the national level. Although the new policy does not affect decisions about leaders made by local troops and councils and also includes a religious exemption, Catholic leaders are not happy. Nonetheless, the committee has urged Catholic churches to continue sponsoring Scout troops.
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