Daily News

Morning must-reads

September 25

Powerful Vatican cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal

And relinquishes rights; Vatican is tight-lipped on details

Ex finance reformer Pell welcomes Becciu resignation

Thanks, congratulates Pope on 'cleaning of the stables'

Ejected W.V. bishop doesn't want 'to battle' successor

Brennan called Bransfield apology 'self-serving, lacking'

Pope calls for practical subsidiarity to end COVID crisis

Rues that 'the powerful' are heeded 'more than the weak'

Conference highlights 'forgotten' persecuted Christians

Advocates focus on 'genocide' in Nigeria, and Turkey

Caviezel: Mel Gibson working on sequel to ‘The Passion'

Effort now in 'third draft'; scheduled for release in 2022

September 24

Trump, Barr, Barron address Nat'l Cath. Prayer event

AG Barr accepts award; Bishop Barron gives keynote talk

U.S. bishops decry another round of federal executions

'We say to President Trump and AG Barr: Enough. Stop'

Macron decries ‘Islamic separatism,’ defends freedoms

Says freedom of expression includes 'right to blasphemy'

Chilean abuse survivors alarmed at 'judicial lethargy'

See Church using pandemic as 'truck of dirt' for cover-up

House bill will stop imports from Uyghur labor camps

Firms affected include Adidas, Campbell's soup, Costco

Media love Biden’s faith but hate Amy Coney Barrett’s

Recent coverage shows utter ignorance of religion basics

September 23

CDF statement condemns euthanasia: 'intrinsically evil'

Says compassion consists in loving care for the ill person

Cardinal: Pope is ‘concerned’ about Church in Germany

Koch describes CDF intervention as 'very serious, factual'

Colorado: 134 docs, scientists support late abortion ban

Ballot measure seeks 22-week limit; currently no limit

Wis.: Catholic schools open while fighting closure order

State high court sets oral arguments for case on Dec. 8th

Lay group RCF investigates corruption in U.S. hierarchy

Head reveals new effort; says, 'Some of you will go to jail'

UK P.M.’s son is baptized at London’s Catholic cathedral

Johnson is lapsed, his fiancée is not known to be Catholic

September 22

Cdl. Zen: Vatican's silence leads to loss of ‘credibility’

Failure to back human rights 'will damage' evangelization

Bishop: Lockdowns are akin to ‘extraordinary means'

Paprocki: No moral obligation to nix economy due to virus

Judge Barbara Lagoa is on shortlist for Supreme Court

Cuban-American has spoken on importance of her faith

So far, Vatican is silent on UAE-Israel 'Abraham Accords'

Perhaps due to longtime advocacy of two-state solution

USCCB warns on rising chemical abortions, now 39%

Calls for support for US bill to stop mail-order abortion

Poll: 'Most-observant' Catholics tend to support Trump

And vast majority distressed by lengthy Mass shutdowns

September 21

Catholic Amy Coney Barrett is front-runner for SCOTUS

Fed. judge is mother of 7, member of charismatic group

Archbp. Cordileone: S.F. Mass restrictions ‘mocking God’

Tells faithful that City Hall pols 'just don’t care about you'

Spokesman: Pelosi 'misspoke' on S.F. Mass attendance

After she clearly describes an indoor & distanced Mass

U.S. Sec'y of State prods Vatican on accord with Beijing

Pompeo argues Holy See should lead on religious liberty

Cardinal Zenari: Hope is dying among Syrian people

Alongside 'fragile truce' is chaos caused by 'poverty bomb'

OnePeterFive: Church suffers 'vacuum of leadership'

Split Church has 'common enemy but not common cause'

September 18

German cardinal: ‘Synodal Way’ could lead to schism

But ranking bishop dismisses fear, highlights hot topics

Sacristy fire at Australian cathedral deemed suspicious

Diocese assures that main part of building is not affected

Quebec cardinal proposes ‘break’ to revamp catechesis

'Our ways of doing things don't bear the fruits we expect'

Italian bishops' newspaper defends trashy Netflix film

Aloof writer reveals failure to grasp controversy & boycott

Pro-lifer Daleiden fights PP with fed. defamation lawsuit

PP smeared the whistleblower to hide its baby-parts biz

$12M Our Lady of the Rockies Shrine opens in Alberta

Located near premier Canadian tourist destinations

September 17

Cyberattacks against Vatican & Catholic orgs continue

Chinese data thieves hit Vatican, Hong Kong diocesan mail

Israel-Bahrain deal seen as 'positive step' for Christians

Advocacy group says accord 'promotes peace for everyone'

Title of Pope’s upcoming encyclical lamented as 'sexist'

Vatican explains 'Brothers All' is St. Francis of Assisi quote

USCCB highlights Church's vibrant Hispanic presence

Since 2016, over half of Catholics under 50 are Hispanic

Beatification cause opens for spiritual son of Padre Pio

Capuchin friar Br. Modestino da Pietrelcina died in 2011

Vatican employees decry lack of rules & accountability

Say management culture resembles that of a royal court

September 16

Diocese of Charlotte opens new $20M college seminary

Enrollment climbs, alongside booming Catholic population

‘Catholics for Biden’ co-chairs are abortion advocates

Roster includes Sen. Tim Kaine, Calif. AG Xavier Becerra

Priest: Fervor for Sino-Vatican agreement is misplaced

Says in China 'the Church’s survival space has shrunk'

U.S. blocks imports made in China concentration camps

To combat forced labor, negative effects of such imports

U.S. teens appear to take after their parents on religion

Pew: But tend to be less religious in personal, private ways

Penn. House votes to bar church shutdowns by gov

Wolf so far exempted but strongly discouraged services

September 15

Milwaukee archbp. reinstates Sunday Mass obligation

Says failure to attend Mass is a sin; virus fear is no excuse

Cdl. Parolin: Vatican-China deal aims for 'normality'

So far, results of experiment are 'not particularly exciting'

U.K. official asks citizens to snitch on gatherings of 7+

Vague new gov't plan creates 'COVID Secure Marshalls'

S.F. archdiocese plans processions to ‘Free the Mass’

Mayor keeps outdoor-Mass plan amid wildfire smoke

Calif. bishops launch yearlong anti-racism initiative

Includes listening sessions, dialogue, unspecified action

Trump admin. order will further defund Internat'l PP

Proposal includes military & gov't contracts overseas

September 14

Cdl. Sarah: ‘Virtual’ Mass is no substitute for in-person

Tells all bishops to return to normal as soon as possible

Pope appeals for peaceful protests around the world

Warns on temptation of violence, and asks gov'ts to listen

FFR co-founder among Chicago’s new auxiliary bishops

He also founded Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago

United Arab Emirates helps rebuild Iraqi church

In Mosul, an 'incubator for religious, intellectual discourse'

New Catholic ministry helps adult children of divorce

Source for healing common emotional, spiritual wounds

Uyghur internment camps still operative in Xinjiang

Contrary to Chinese gov't statements on their closure

September 11

China's foreign ministry touts success of Vatican deal

Cites 'more mutual trust' and 'series of positive interactions'

UK: 4% of Catholics won't return to church after CO19

Poll result contradicts dire post-pandemic predictions

Past 'Christianity Today' editor to be confirmed Catholic

CT is top evangelical publication, founded by Billy Graham

March for Life reveals 2021 theme focused on unity

Confirms Jan. event will happen even amid coronavirus

Prof: Unnamed cardinal lauds SSPX founder Lefebvre

Observes more openness to archbp.'s valid arguments

U. of Mich.-Dearborn sorry for whites-only online 'cafe'

Event hosted by its 'center for social justice & inclusion'

September 10

Omaha priest hits archdiocese with $2.1M lawsuit

Though cleared, he was defamed via list & had job nixed

La Crosse bishop responds to video by priest on Dems

'You cannot be Catholic and Democrat' is at 450K views

Newark archdiocese bought 2nd McCarrick beach home

Also owned by the Diocese of Metuchen, another priest

Trump weighs in on canceled Navy-priest contracts

Says won't happen & is 'no longer a point of discussion'

Marian feast becomes a political football in Cuba

Our Lady of El Cobre is honored by both sides & emigres

Pew poll: 62% of Catholics find casual sex acceptable

Evidences so-called 'sexual atheism,' ignored teachings

September 9

Queensland law: Jail for priests who don't report abuse

Either break the seal of confession or face 3 years in jail

Chinese gov't: Foreign teachers must not evangelize

Aims above all to curb proselytization by Protestants

Missionary: ‘Secularization’ of Church threatens Europe

'Illness within' is more dangerous than an exterior attack

Iowa college to remove statue of bishop-founder

Because Loras owned a slave during, after life in Alabama

Catholic Mass is taken off the airwaves in Belarus

Gov't puts pressure on Church over defense of protesters

Trump: Pentagon & arms dealers want 'endless wars'

Decries 'one cold-hearted globalist betrayal after another'

September 8

Duluth bishop-elect resigns after 1980s abuse allegation

His consecration & installation were scheduled for Oct. 1

China expert sees ‘little fruit’ from Vatican-China deal

China aims to cut Taiwan's only diplomatic tie in Europe

Archbp. Naumann advocates for end of death penalty

Before his birth, KC prelate's own father was murdered

Papal ally Spadaro analyzes Pope’s governance, reform

Sees 'non-ideological discernment' with no pre-set ideas

Germany: Abuse/cover-up trial of senior Vatican official

Offender worked with BXVI before & after his election

Anti-lockdown rallies held in London, Berlin, Ottawa

Media outlets describe protesters as 'COVID-deniers'