1. Ahead of key abortion vote, Ohio archdiocese reports growing vandalism, By John Lavenburg, Crux, November 1, 2023 Ahead of a important abortion vote in Ohio, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati says there have been multiple incidents of vandalism, including thefts of yard signs opposing the pro-abortion measure, at archdiocesan schools, churches and cemeteries. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and other Ohio Catholic dioceses, have consistently opposed “Issue 1,” which is on the ballot on Nov. 7, and which, if approved, would enshrine abortion rights into the state constitution. On Oct. 31, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati announced that more than a dozen archdiocesan properties reported vandalisms or thefts related to their opposition to Issue 1.  https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2023/11/ahead-of-key-abortion-vote-ohio-archdiocese-reports-growing-vandalism__________________________________________________________ 2. ACLU of Virginia plans to spend over $1M on abortion rights messaging, By Sarah Rankin, Associated Press, October 31, 2023, 2:29 PM The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia says it is making a financial investment unprecedented in its history for this year’s election cycle because of the implications November’s legislative races will hold for abortion access and other policy decisions in the state. The organization — which supports abortion rights and does not issue candidate endorsements — plans to spend just over $1 million through Election Day on direct mail, digital ads and volunteer outreach to highlight candidates’ positions on abortion in five Senate districts and six House districts. “We’ve never proceeded with this kind of investment and focusing on these races in this way. And we think it’s really critical because what happens this year determines whether abortion, reproductive rights will be safe for Virginians. And not only Virginians, but people from all over the South who are traveling to Virginia to access care,” Mary Bauer, the group’s executive director, said in an interview.  An anti-abortion group, Women Speak Out Virginia — 2023, recently announced plans to spend on a similar scale in support of candidates who support the governor’s proposal. The group, a political action committee aligned with the prominent national anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, last week announced a $1.5 million campaign involving digital ads, and mail and phone outreach on behalf of GOP candidates who back the governor’s 15-week proposal. “Hundreds of lives each year depend on pro-life Virginians showing up on Nov. 7 and casting their ballots for Republican candidates,” SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement accompanying the announcement. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/2023/10/31/virginia-elections-abortion-glenn-youngkin-aclu/6bec818e-781b-11ee-97dd-7a173b1bd730_story.html__________________________________________________________ 3. Missouri appeals court rules against ballot summary language that described ‘dangerous’ abortions, By Summer Ballentine, Associated Press, October 31, 2023, 6:36 PM A Missouri appeals court ruled Tuesday against Republican-written summaries of abortion-rights ballot measures that described several proposed amendments as allowing “dangerous and unregulated abortions until live birth.” A three-judge panel of the Western District Court of Appeals found the summaries written by Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, who is running for governor in 2024, are politically partisan. Ballot summaries are used on Missouri ballots to help voters understand sometimes lengthy and complex constitutional amendments and policy changes. Ashcroft’s original description of the amendments, which could go on the ballot in 2024 if supporters gather enough voter signatures, would have asked voters whether they want to “allow for dangerous, unregulated, and unrestricted abortions, from conception to live birth, without requiring a medical license or potentially being subject to medical malpractice.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/10/31/abortion-missouri-ballot-constitution-ruling/1368b8d2-7836-11ee-97dd-7a173b1bd730_story.html__________________________________________________________ 4. Hillbilly Thomists founding band member granted title of ‘master of sacred theology’, By Joe Bukuras, Catholic News Agency, October 31, 2023, 1:45 PM Father Thomas Joseph White, a bestselling author, professor, and a core member of Dominican music group The Hillbilly Thomists, has been awarded the title of master of sacred theology, an accolade of the order that recognizes an individual’s achievements of scholarship and theological work.  “I’m very grateful to the master of the order and his council as well as the friars of the Province of St. Joseph (East Coast, USA) for their fraternal support and encouragement, in awarding me this undeserved honor,” White told CNA in an email Tuesday. White is currently the rector at the Angelicum, or the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, in Rome. The Angelicum announced the award on Monday. The title master of sacred theology, which dates back to 1303, was granted to him by Dominican Father Gerard Timoner, master of the order.  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/255875/hillbilly-thomists-founding-band-member-granted-title-of-master-of-sacred-theology__________________________________________________________

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