Copy Desk Daily, June 24, 2020

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Three women who accuse David Haas of sexual misconduct speak with NCRSoli Salgado reports: NCR conducted extensive interviews with three women, who each claim that Catholic composer David Haas forced himself on them for a kiss and that they later felt cornered and sought out at conferences or events. 

Indianapolis Archdiocese's new school policy may bar transgender students: The Indianapolis Archdiocese distributed the document "Policy and Complementary Norms on Sexual Identity in School Ministries" to internal archdiocesan employees on June 17. NCR obtained the eight-page document, and Christopher White reports: "While the policy recommends a 'case by case' approach to dealing with questions of sexual identity, it notes that students experiencing confusion regarding their sexual identity may be admitted to Catholic schools if they follow church teaching, yet it warns that "any student whose 'gender' has been legally changed from their biological sex, or who has chemically and/or surgically altered their given biology, may not be eligible for enrollment."

Project aims to give 1,000 sisters $1,000 each to help those hit by pandemic: Dan Stockman reports on a new alliance that will counter the consequences of COVID-19. Sisters on the Frontlines aims to bolster "sisters serving those most impacted by the illiness and the economic problems it has caused."

If we are to debate whether or not Fr. Junipero Serra and Christopher Columbus still deserve a place in the American pantheon, let us debate the issue, not destroy the statues, writes Michael Sean Winters. "Let us be mindful that what we might view as objectionable, others may cherish, and not because they are racists."  

'The Ethics of Encounter' makes Catholic social teaching more accessible: In her review of Marcus Mescher's book, Kelly Stewart observes: "The major purpose and the strength of The Ethics of Encounter is as a guidebook for Catholics to apply Catholic social teaching to their everyday lives."

UK's National Health Service a welcome prescription during pandemic: Mark Faulkner lives in the United Kingdom. If he caught the coronavirus, "I would be admitted to hospital and receive exactly the same care that was afforded to Prime Minister Johnson" — who was also treated in a National Health Service hospital. He adds: "It will cost me nothing."

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