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Morning must-reads

October 18

Church in Amazonia reduced by half in recent decades

In Brazil, just over 40% have remained faithful Catholics

Pew: U.S. decline of Christianity continues at rapid pace

43% Protestant, 20% Catholic, 26% atheist/agnostic/none

Senator introduces freedom of conscience resolution

Church beliefs should not jeopardize tax-exempt status

Ford Fndn. is major funder of key Amazon synod orgs

FF is known for overt support of abortion, gender ideology

Georgia: Parents revolt against school bathroom change

2nd trans accommodation called 'stunt to gain attention'

Italy: 'Vatileaks III' scandal set to explode this weekend

Newspaper, new book to expose serious financial crimes

October 17

Exodus of priests to global north is driven by money

Bishop talks of lack of missionary spirit for difficult work

Pope names committee for Amazon synod final doc

Includes Cdl. Schönborn, bishops from Argentina, Paraguay

NYC mayor accuses Cuomo of politicizing Cabrini statue

Cuomo heard Catholic, Italian-American outcry on bias

Australian archbp. silent on pitch at diocesan meetup

‘Rite of blessing’ for same-sex couples and the remarried

N.C.: 'Socialism killed 100 million' campus display nixed

Charlotte: Event shows college censors even history facts

Prof warns of ‘digital experience addiction epidemic’

Teens now spend 9 hours/day on devices; adults, 7 hours

October 16

Newman scholar Rowland critiques Catholic universities

Says saint would call majority 'factories, mints, treadmills'

Amazon prelate floats alternative to married clergy

2/3 of Catholics are in global south; 2/3 of priests in north

Cdl. O'Malley, Bp. McElroy speak at Amazon synod

O'Malley: Need to fund special seminary for indigenous

Study ‘definitively refutes' idea of gays 'born that way'

CUA priest-sociologist discusses recent landmark study

Cuomo announces NYC will get statue of Mother Cabrini

Despite art program that picked 5 women, 2 drag queens

Fed. judge strikes down Obamacare conscience threat

Mandate required docs to perform sex-change surgery

October 15

Vatican police chief resigns amid financial investigation

Second departure in probes surrounding one Cdl. Becciu

Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican police force

Amid big-money case involving memo leak, suspensions

U.S. Att'y Gen. Barr speaks at Notre Dame Law School

Says education is 'ground zero' in fight for religious freedom

Pentin profiles Amazon synod’s small working groups

No published reports on discussions taking place yet

Calif. sex-abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims

Starting Jan. 1; Church, private & public schools are warned

CDC: Sexually-transmitted diseases reach all-time high

Still no gov't campaign to discourage risky sexual behavior

October 14

Pope canonizes John Henry Newman and 4 holy women

Mass attended by Prince Charles and Anglican delegates

Vatican official dismisses German ‘binding synodal path’

Bishop: Saying ‘this is binding' does not make it so

India: 60 million girls missing due to selective abortions

In only the last 10 years; figure equals 50,000 per month

Pope appeals for Syria dialogue after Turkish invasion

For committed, honest, transparent search for solution

Hungary: Opposition wins mayoral election in Budapest

Seen as 1st major blow to Viktor Orban's party since 2010

Four N.Y. priests placed on leave after abuse allegations

Dolan: All under investigation, reported to the DA's office

October 11

Polish bishops open sainthood cause for parents of JPII

Mother died when he was 8; father died 12 years later

Four women being canonized with Newman on Sunday

Stigmatist, mystic, Roman orphan, & Nobel peace nominee

Amazon synod priest is weary of 'the proposals of 1970'

'Witness & service are central, but so is proclamation'

Brazil bishop discusses 'aggressive' Pentecostal groups

Says, 'We must change our structure a bit, be less slow'

PP gets judge to block jury seeing baby-parts videos

Daleiden says nixing key evidence is due-process violation

UN rep: Netherlands shows 'Islamophobia' in burqa ban

Similar bans in Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Latvia, Belgium

October 10

Infanticide in Amazon spotlighted by synod journalist

Practice among indigenous peoples raises big questions

Pope accepts resignation of accused NYC auxiliary

Appoints two NY priests to serve as auxiliary bishops

Did Pope Francis say Jesus isn't God? Vatican says No

Once again, 95-year-old Italian journalist Scalfari flubs it

Survey: 86% of U.S. Catholic teens attend public school

9% attend religious private school, 2% are home schooled

Synod bishop: Indigenous 'don’t understand celibacy'

Uses anecdotes to push change in nature of priesthood

Jesuit Seattle U. prez under fire for nixing web link to PP

Faculty, students challenge his claim of Catholic teaching

October 9

40 Amazon synod fathers speak during opening days

Women’s diaconate, Amazonian liturgy are discussed

Court: N. Ireland’s pro-life law violates EU rights treaty

Which sees abortion right in cases of fetal disabilities

Pope warns Catholics not to turn faith into an ideology

Does faith make one 'friendly or instead hostile' to some?

Bishops to Supreme Court: Curb discrimination claims

Don't redefine 'sex' to be LGBT 'orientation' or 'identity'

Study: Happiest wives in U.S. are religious conservatives

Lefties angry at proven goods of Judeo-Christian values

Turkish troops launch offensive in northern Syria

To create 'safe zone,' clear Kurds, house Syrian refugees

October 8

Religious sister speaks on daily church life in Amazonia

Women perform baptisms, provide education & healthcare

Project Rachel founder to get Evangelium Vitae Medal

From de Nicola Center for Ethics & Culture at Notre Dame

Colo. church abuse victims set for unlimited payouts

Church-funded compensation program is now in effect

Archbishop warns on looming Turkish invasion of Syria

Kurdish JPG forces are target but little ones will suffer

Amazon tribal chief critiques promotion of ‘primitivism’

Raps ongoing harmful influence of liberation theology

Charlie Hebdo boss blasts leftist ‘collaborators’ in book

Says attack didn't inspire courage but spread only fear

October 7

Pope attends St. Francis feast celebration/ecology ritual

After, he set aside prepared remarks to pray Our Father

Amazon synod begins with Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica

Pope prays for Spirit to 'give us his own daring prudence'

France: 500,000 protest opening IVF to lesbians, singles

Stress child's right to a father; signs ask, 'Where is my dad?'

Amazon synod cardinal begins with talk of 'new paths'

Like married priests, finding 'suitable ministry' for women

Supreme Court to review Louisiana abortion regulations

Admitting-privileges case could upend woeful precedent

Abp. Viganò warns against silence of ‘reckless pastors’

Offers passage of 'Pastoral Rule' of St. Gregory the Great

October 4

Vatican plans apostolic visitation of Buffalo diocese

Led by Brooklyn bishop DiMarzio; Malone 'welcomes' it

Australia bishop refutes talk of seminary 'dismantling'

Rejects opinion that today's seminarians 'live in a bubble'

AP probes whereabouts of 1,700 accused ex-clergymen

Finds oversight gap between dioceses, law enforcement

French billionaire gives $109M to rebuild Notre Dame

Announces gift publicly to motivate others to do same

Amazon synod organizers downplay serious criticisms

Document is not 'pontifical, magisterial' so don't judge

French pol urges challenge to 'the Great Replacement'

As eldest daughter of Church turns 'little niece of Islam'

October 3

Five Vatican finance officials suspended after police raid

Probe into shady real-estate transactions worth millions

Notre Dame students rattled by anti-Catholic rhetoric

LGBT activist targets journalists, rages at Church teaching

Vatican approves miracle of Polish Cardinal Wyszynski

Who resisted Communism, was ally of Karol Wojtyla

Vicar of Arabia reiterates Christ's missionary mandate

Like St. Francis, Christians can bear witness to Muslims

Report: Vatican relaxing restrictions on laicized priests

Critic: Changes create 'aura of normality' around quitting

Huge PP civil case against pro-life journalists begins

Accuses Daleiden, Newman, others of violating RICO act

October 2

Vatican police conduct raid on Secretariat of State office

Documents, devices seized as part of financial investigation

U.S. Sec'y of State Pompeo attends Vatican symposium

Denounces China’s ongoing religious freedom violations

2nd harassment lawsuit filed against W.V. Bp. Bransfield

Alleges monsignor knew of 'proclivity' toward predation

Bridgeport abuse report blasts then-bishop Egan

Future NY cardinal was concerned with assets, not victims

Brandmüller warns against German 'national church'

Weak link to Rome is 'surest path into the final decline'

Cdl. Ouellet releases book critical of Amazon synod doc

Jolt from high-level player in synod which begins soon

October 1

Southern Baptists convene conference on sex abuse

SBC includes 47,000 individual churches, 14.8M members

Pope meets privately with Fr. James Martin at Vatican

Photo op follows Archbp. Chaput's caution about Martin

New statue honoring migrants unveiled in St. Peter’s Sq.

Massive bronze work, 20 feet tall, depicts 140 migrants

Manila cardinal Tagle baptizes 450 street children

Dispels false belief that Catholics must pay for sacraments

Illinois bill would ban gov't travel to pro-life states

Church official calls bill absurd, mere pro-abort posturing

India court grants bail to ill Missionaries of Charity nun

Jailed on allegations of child trafficking but never charged