1. A hidden abortion crew prepares to confront a post-Roe America, Driven underground during the pandemic, online abortion providers say they’ll keep supplying pills and services even if the Supreme Court approves state bans, By Darius Tahir, Politico, July 6, 2021, 4:30 AM
The Supreme Court’s decision to review Mississippi’s stringent restrictions on abortion — putting Roe vs. Wade under its roughest stress test yet — is being seen as a call to action for the nation’s community of underground abortion activists.
And they make it clear they’re prepared to defy any laws banning abortion.
2. Biden and pro-abortion Democrats deny themselves the Eucharist, Hiding behind ‘private matter’, By John Mallon, The Washington Times, July 6, 2021, Pg. B4, Opinion
“Thank you, Katrina. There is really nothing to discuss. To receive our Lord while stubbornly ‘choosing to disagree’ with basic Church teachings leads to eternal damnation. The rules are the same for any Catholic approaching Communion. It’s about real faith.”
This was a tweet by Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, in response to an excellent op-ed in USA Today, June 21, by Katrina Trinko, titled, “U.S. Catholics need a crash course in Church teaching on Communion. Biden gave an opening.”
Indeed, he did.

The president is the leader of the free world, who is obstinately persisting in very serious sin. He is responsible for countless deaths of innocent unborn infants. He must be called out and no one is in a better position to call him out than the U.S. bishops. In fact, they must call him out or they will share in his guilt.
3. United Nations gives Biden cover for taxpayer-funded abortions, Americans repulsed by Democratic Party-supported ‘genocide’ globally, By Rep. Chip Roy and Marjorie Dannenfelser, The Washington Times, July 5, 2021, Pg. B3, Opinion
“Ensuring rights and choices for all since 1969” — this is the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)’s slogan for their 2021 annual report. Scattered throughout its 164 pages are ambiguous words such as “choice,” “autonomy” and “control” that conceal the organization’s true goal: expanding abortion on demand. In this goal they are abetted by a Biden administration that seeks a major funding increase to UNPFA in its first budget proposal – further payback to the abortion industry that spent millions to elect him. An international cabal run by pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International applaud President Joe Biden for working to expand abortion on demand worldwide, subsidized by American taxpayers, even against the wishes of countries that choose to protect life.

The American people deserve better. They have no interest in making our country the number one global exporter of abortion, and it’s wrong and divisive to make them fund an organization that explicitly opposes their deeply-held values. That is why one of us (Mr. Roy) introduced H.R. 2488, No Taxpayer Funding for the U.N. Population Fund, which has been cosponsored by more than 50 Republican members of Congress and ensures that the UNFPA doesn’t receive a single U.S. dime.
Together, as pro-life leaders and Americans, we call on Congress to do the right thing and protect Kemp-Kasten provisions, along with all other longstanding policies that save lives by keeping taxpayers out of the abortion business. Our nation’s conscience demands it.
Rep. Chip Roy, a Republican, represents Texas’ 21st Congressional Dis-trict. Marjorie Dannenfelser is president of Susan B. Anthony List.
4. Pope Francis to spend week recovering in hospital after intestinal surgery, By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, July 5, 2021, 4:10 AM
Pope Francis is expected to spend the next week in hospital as he recovers from intestinal surgery, according to the Vatican.
“His Holiness Pope Francis is in good general condition, alert and breathing spontaneously,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told journalists on July 5.
The pope underwent a surgery at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on July 4 to relieve stricture of the colon caused by diverticulitis.
5. Vatican indicts 10, including a cardinal, in London deal, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, July 3, 2021, 1:55 PM
A Vatican judge on Saturday indicted 10 people, including a once-powerful cardinal, on charges including embezzlement, abuse of office, extortion and fraud in connection with the Secretariat of State’s 350 million-euro investment in a London real estate venture.
The president of the Vatican’s criminal tribunal, Giuseppe Pignatone, set July 27 as the trial date, though lawyers for some defendants questioned how they could prepare for trial so soon given they hadn’t yet formally received the indictment.
The 487-page indictment request was issued following a sprawling, two-year investigation into how the Secretariat of State managed its vast asset portfolio, much of which is funded by donations from the faithful. The scandal over its multimillion-dollar losses has resulted in a sharp reduction in donations and prompted Pope Francis to strip the office of its ability to manage the money.
6. Vatican suppresses Italy group, determines revelations fake, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, July 3, 2021, 6:24 AM
The Vatican has taken the unusual step of suppressing a small Italian lay movement after determining that the presumed “revelations” that were the basis of its 1979 foundation were fake.
The dissolution of the Apostolic Movement, which is based in Catanzaro, Italy, and boasts a presence in several European and African countries, is the latest move taken by Pope Francis to crack down on local-level religious orders and Catholic movements. These groups were often encouraged under the previous two popes but in many cases have turned out to have serious governance, financial, sexual abuse or other problems.
7. Major Catholic newspaper divests from fossil fuels, By Renée Roden, Religion News Service, July 2, 2021, 9:23 PM
The National Catholic Reporter, a Kansas City-based Catholic newspaper with a readership of about a million readers a month, has divested its $12.7 million endowment from fossil fuel companies.
The National Catholic Reporter’s board ratified the move in May 2021, and the decision went into effect on Thursday.

NCR joins the ranks of approximately  250 other Catholic organizations that have publicly divested from fossil fuels. Faith-based organizations make up 34%, the largest contingent, of institutions that together have funneled more than $14.5 trillion away from the fossil fuel industry, according to Fossil Free, a group that tracks divestment in the energy sector.
8. US Supreme Court backs Minnesota Amish in septic tank fight, By Steve Karnowski, Associated Press, July 2, 2021, 3:49 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court sided Friday with members of an Amish group in Minnesota who are fighting efforts by authorities to compel them to install septic systems, sending their appeal back to a state court for reconsideration in light of the high court’s recent ruling in a religious freedom case.
Families with the Swartzentruber Amish in southeastern Minnesota are fighting efforts by Fillmore County to require septic systems.

[T]he U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the Minnesota Court of Appeals with instructions to take another look in light of its ruling last month in favor of a Philadelphia-based Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples.
9. Justices turn away florist who refused same-sex wedding job, By Associated Press, July 2, 2021, 10:44 AM
The Supreme Court on Friday declined to take up the case of a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding, leaving in place a decision that she broke state anti-discrimination laws.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch said they would have agreed to hear the case and review the decision. Four justices are needed for the court to take a case.
10. US Supreme Court to hear Maine religious school tuition case, By Patrick Whittle, Associated Press, July 2, 2021, 3:49 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Friday that it will hear a case brought by families from Maine who want to use a state tuition program to send their children to religious schools.
At the heart of the case is a Maine Department of Education rule that allows families who live in towns that don’t have public schools to receive public tuition dollars to send their children to the public or private school of their choosing. That program excludes religious schools.
Families who want to send their children to Christian schools in Bangor and Waterville sued to try to change that, but have been denied in lower federal courts. They appealed to the high court, and the Supreme Court’s order list said on Friday that it’s taking up the case.
11. US Justice Department halts federal executions, By Kate Scanlon, Catholic News Agency, July 2, 2021, 6:01 PM
US Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a moratorium on federal executions while the Department of Justice conducts a review of its policies and procedures, the department announced Thursday.
The moratorium comes after the Trump administration had resumed federal executions after a 17-year hiatus.
In a July 1 statement, Garland said the Department of Justice “must ensure that everyone in the federal criminal justice system is not only afforded the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States, but is also treated fairly and humanely.”

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