In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a not guilt plea for the police officer who shot and killed a young African American Samuel Dubose after pulling him over for a missing front license plate, a Drudge Report claim that Pope Francis is the "antichrist", and Roman Catholic Bishops in Kenya rejection of a huge supply of polio vaccines that would inoculate the nation's children and save hundreds of lives.
"Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." (Pedro Arrupe)
Today's Psalm: "Blessed they who dwell in your house! Continually they praise you." (Psalm 84:5)
In the News:
- Today, Officer Tensing, the Cincinnati Police Officer who shot and killed the young African American Samuel Dubose after pulling him over for a missing front license place, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter and a $1 million dollar bail was set. Had the ordeal not been caught on Officer Tensing's body camera, he might have never been indicted. Grainy images of questionable police behavior, spread through social media, have led to nationwide protests, federal investigations and changes in policy and attitudes on race all over the country.
- Officials say that the plane debris found near the Indian Ocean island, Reunion Island, likely belong to a Boeing 777, the same type of aircraft that disappeared in Malaysia in March 2014. This discovery has fueled speculation that it could be from Malaysian Air Flight MH370. Reunion Island, near Madagascar, is thousands of miles west of the MH370 search area, which covers some 75,000 square miles.
- Yesterday, 18 House Republicans told the House leadership that they "cannot and will not support any funding resolution...that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood." Senators James Lankford of Oklahoma and Jeff Sessions of Alabama even said they would potentially introduce a rider to the spending bill that would eliminate the group's $528 million in public funding.
Pope Francis and church news:
- On Tuesday, a Drudge Report by Jennifer LeClaire asked whether Pope Francis is the "Antichrist." The article speculates on why Pope Francis' rating have been declining among the more conservative. On the other hand, The New Republic's Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig discusses Francis' dwindling popularity among both conservatives and liberals. Though Bruenig says that a dip in popularity is something most high profile figures endure throughout their careers, she explains that this may not be a bad thing in the long-run.
- Recently in Spain, the Catholic church denied that preventing a transgender man from becoming a Godparent is discrimination. Twenty one year old Alex Salinas wanted to be his nephew's Godfather, but the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta wouldn't allow it. Salinas, who identifies as Catholic, said that at first the parish of San Fernando de Cadiz did not object to him being a godparent in the religious ceremony. However, upon asking the diocese for documentation for the baptism, the parish told him he could not carry out the role.
- The World Health Organization is working with the government of Kenya to provide the country with a huge supply of polio vaccines in order to inoculate the nation’s children. But, Roman Catholic bishops in Kenya have urged citizens to boycott a mass polio vaccination campaign, unless the safety of the vaccine has been confirmed through scientific tests.
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