Daily News

Morning must-reads

December 4

Supreme Court orders change to Calif. church closures

Says even in pandemic, Constitution 'cannot be put away'

Justice Dept. files suit against NY village over targeting

Used zoning code to discriminate against Orthodox Jews

French bishops welcome ‘realistic’ new Mass measures

Gov't allows schemes based on each church’s capacity

Christianity adds force to Hong Kong protest movement

Three dissidents jailed/arrested this week are Christians

Brown U. epidemiologist debunks college virus crisis

Hospitalization, mortality rates don't support the hype

Pittsburgh diocese pays $19M to settle 224 abuse claims

Nearly four dozen civil suits are still pending in court

December 3

Abp.: Christians in Damascus reject closure of churches

People rebel against COVID fear after decade of hardship

Egyptian Grand Mufti says political Islam is 'nightmare'

Is exploitation of the Islamic faith, used to gain power

Trier cathedral is center of mourning after SUV attack

Germany: Five dead, a dozen others seriously injured

New coalition champions spiritual rights of patients

Asks 'reasonable' access to family & clergy amid COVID

Michigan bishops rip harmful payday loan expansion

Annual interest rate on maximum loan would exceed 130%

White House 'will engage in celebration of Christmas'

Press sec'y defends citizens' right to celebrate holiday

December 2

New bishop named to scandal-ridden Buffalo diocese

Fisher has been an auxiliary bishop of DC since 2018

French president asks Muslim leaders to sign charter

Stating that Islam is a religion, not a political movement

Pell surprised by extent of Vatican financial scandals

He 'didn’t know there was so much criminality involved'

Pope lauds inculturated Zairean rite of celebrating Mass

Says it serves as 'example and model' for other cultures

UK court: Children can't consent to trans 'treatments'

Calls puberty-blocker process 'innovative, experimental'

Germany: 76 Franciscan nuns at monastery test positive

Superior reports that 'so far nobody is in the hospital'

December 1

China mulls new rules on foreign meddling in religion

Including on 'management of Chinese clergy members'

NYC: Fr. George Rutler accused of recent sexual assault

Denies allegation by female security guard at his parish

Top French court blocks gov't restrictions on worship

Orders PM to modify 30-person limit within three days

Pope praises Ecumenical Patriarchate’s unity efforts

Voices confidence that churches 'will reach that goal'

Big business aims to undermine anti-forced labor bill

Nike, Apple, Coke, etc. shield their Chinese supply lines

Baby is born 27 years after being frozen as an embryo

In Tenn. faith-based NEDC embryo adoption program

November 30

Supreme Court: NY church restrictions unconstitutional

Justice Amy Barrett decided with the majority in 5-4 decision

Pope creates 13 cardinals in 7th consistory of his reign

Says cross, resurrection are 'always the goal of our journey'

Spain: Marxists tweet call for priests to be burned

In fierce national debate over control of Church schools

43 priests have died in Italy’s 2nd wave of COVID-19

167 priests have succumbed since start of crisis in Feb.

Pope backs gov't Covid restrictions in NY Times op-ed

Calls for seeing crisis as time 'to rethink our priorities'

Boko Haram jihadists kill 110 farmworkers in Nigeria

Reports say several women may have been kidnapped

November 25

D.C. cardinal-designate hopes for dialogue with Biden

And Gregory will not 'veer from' allowing him Communion

Indian state outlaws religious conversion by marriage

Party calls Muslim-Hindu interfaith marriages 'love jihad'

Detroit archdiocese removes priest with gay complaint

Claims he's being targeted for accusing diocesan worker

Mass. governor mulls veto of bill expanding abortion

Which includes legalization in the event Roe is overturned

Chinese Patriotic Ass'n announces ordination of bishop

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirms it after the fact

Number of priests up in Africa 14.3%, Asia 11% in 5 yrs

Americas stable; Europe and Oceania drop 7% and 1.1%

November 24

Mexico: Guadalupe pilgrimage canceled due to COVID

Bishops announce closure of basilica from Dec. 10 to 13

NY attorney general files suit against Diocese of Buffalo

Says past bishops, including Malone, failed to stop abuse

USCCB memo okays Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines

Pro-life institute calls them 'ethically uncontroversial'

Iraqi archbishop: 'Western laxity' allows Islam to spread

Warns, 'Radical Islam cannot adapt to a country like France'

Beijing criticizes Pope for his comments on Uyghurs

Francis lays aside his usual caution in forthcoming book

Pope and NBA players discuss social justice at Vatican

Pontiff aims to learn more about U.S. athletes’ advocacy

November 23

Pope speaks to young leaders during 'Francesco' event

Promotes Church’s social teaching on human development

Toronto cardinal rebukes Catholic school board

Which saw reading of Catechism passage as 'dangerous'

Tulsa diocese leaves Christian coalition over abortion

Bishop: All moral statements fail without pro-life basis

Chinese prez proposes barcode system for travelers

Critics: Virus workaround is gateway to global control

UK plans barcode vaccine passport for access to events

Rush to limit personal liberty despite public opinion

Vatican cancels public Advent and Christmas liturgies

Italy’s bishops wary of new suspension of public Masses

November 20

Thousands join in 'Economy of Francesco' virtual event

Seek economic models to improve world, serve humanity

Jesuit magazine La Civiltá Cattolica praises Biden win

Calls him 'old school' Democrat, 'part of the establishment'

NYC Catholic schools in session while publics are closed

Open 'regardless of decisions made by Mayor de Blasio'

Four McCarrick accusers file lawsuit against Vatican

Lawyer says its immunity defense has weakened over time

Germany: Cardinal accused of ‘abuse of abuse victims’

Two laymen resign as spokesmen of victims’ advisory board

Atlantic magazine article links eugenics and abortion

Down syndrome kids eliminated by 'individual choices'

November 19

U.S. bishops note their flocks' hunger for the Eucharist

USCCB meeting, day 2: Relating deeds of priests & faithful

Worship is high-priority like business, Americans say

Religious liberty survey: Citizens see faith is essential

Liberation theologian is key speaker at Vatican conf.

'Ecotheologian' Boff clashed with JPII and Benedict XVI

Becciu files suit over 'groundless' Italian media reports

Despite forced resignation amid embezzlement scandal

Iraq: Appeal over farms stolen from Christians by Kurds

47,000 acres were taken after religious minority fled area

Danish gov't backs down on forced COVID vaccinations

Nine days of protest over coercive 'epidemic law' bill

November 18

USCCB forms working group for feuds with Biden admin.

On abortion, HHS rule, LGBT push; Archbp. Vigneron to lead

Police find 600,000 euros at lay Vatican official’s home

He oversaw transactions made at Secretariat of State

U.S. divorce rate hits 50-year low at 14.9 per thousand

But marriage rate hit all-time low at 33 per 1,000 adults

Cal. bishop Cantu under Vatican 'Vos estis' investigation

Over handling of abuse/misconduct cases in NM diocese

Furor at Baltimore archdiocesan school over 'trans' girl

Confusing policies do not reflect Church teaching

UK abortion giant Marie Stopes Internat'l changes name

To distance itself from founder’s support of eugenics

November 17

Bishops talk abuse scandal on 1st day of USCCB meeting

Float ideas on lay involvement, change to vetting process

WaPo op-ed: Bishops shouldn’t investigate one another

As Report shows that 3 NJ bishops lied about McCarrick

'We want Mass': French Catholics protest worship ban

Hundreds gather outside churches in multiple cities

Abuse claims against Boy Scouts of America top 92K

Compensation trust created amid bankruptcy process

Polish cardinal dies ten days after Vatican sanctions

Was accused of abuse of seminarian, cover-up in 2nd case

Vatican: 42 Catholic institutions divest from fossil fuels

Following Laudato sí guidelines on ethical investments

November 16

McCarrick Report evades issue of homosexual clergy

Shows high-level tolerance for grooming of seminarians

NY archdiocese demands city pay for COVID-19 testing

Its schools have no funds, personnel to follow state rule

Cordileone lauds prosecution of Serra statue vandals

First gov't action against attackers of Church property

Alito: COVID restrictions ‘previously unimaginable’

Says religious liberty is 'becoming a second-class right'

Chinese plan stresses eugenics to 'optimize' birth policy

Will ‘upgrade population quality' by favoring ethnic Han

China-led free trade agreement is signed, without India

Covers 30% of global GDP & population; boon for Beijing

November 13

Pope and Biden discuss equality, climate, immigration

Campaign reports private call; no official statement yet

Brooklyn diocese takes on Cuomo at Supreme Court

On 'overbroad' closure orders 'of indefinite duration'

Scandal-ridden Italian hospital has new foundation prez

Fraud, blunders have involved even Sec'y of State Parolin

Lincoln bishop Conley returns from long medical leave

Treated for anxiety, depression, insomnia, severe tinnitus

Pakistani cardinal deplores caricatures of Mohammad

Prelates suggest EU 'draw up laws' against such offenses

Former Ohio State prof lied about ties to Chinese gov't

Caught fleeing with laptops, phones, several USB drives