Daily News

Morning must-reads

August 12

Fed. court lifts block on four Arkansas abortion laws

Includes ban on 2nd trimester D&E and fetal remains law

Argentine bishop says Vatican ordered seminary closed

Notes 'lack of obedience' to his CO19 communion rules

Ireland: COVID forces Knock shrine to close Aug. 15

To prevent Assumption novena crowds of up to 20K/day

DC archdiocesan official charged with stealing $2.5M

Embezzled church funds, fraudulently obtained PPP aid

Lockdowns cause large decrease in premature births

Denmark reports 85% decrease, Ireland notes 70% drop

Hong Kong: Catholic Jimmy Lai, others released on bail

Demonstrations continue; police increasingly violent

August 11

Disgraced WV bishop is ‘in a dark hole,’ successor says

Bp. Brennan: 'I have not heard from him in many months'

PM Boris Johnson visits two Catholic schools in London

Promotes 'our moral duty' to get children back to school

Pittsburgh bishop establishes new black Catholic parish

St. Benedict the Moor parish honors particular tradition

Scholar: Faulty Hagia Sophia-Cordoba cathedral analogy

Which is used to justify new status of former as mosque

Archbp. Gänswein: Benedict XVI’s 'illness is subsiding'

Recovering from 'unpleasant & painful' facial shingles

Diocese of Hong Kong's independence coming to end

Arrival of CCP's Patriotic Assoc'n is only a matter of time

August 10

Sacramento bishop excommunicates 'schismatic' priest

He teaches Pope Francis is illegitimate, ignores bishop

Pandemic has not stopped migration in Mediterranean

Italy: 14,838 migrants so far this year, half came in July

Archdiocese of Detroit expels 2 LGBT Catholic groups

Dignity, Fortunate Families can't use churches, have Mass

St. Louis archbp. issues teaching on gender dysphoria

Says Catholic anthropology maintains unity in the person

Hong Kong: Media mogul/Catholic donor J. Lai arrested

Lai is Cdl. Zen’s biggest backer, longtime critic of Beijing

Theology prof: German theology has reached low point

Says academia weeds out early anyone loyal to Church

August 7

San Diego Catholic high school sues governor to reopen

Says online school unacceptable, can manage risk per CDC

Maryland county again blocks Catholic schools opening

As local public schools see drastic drop in new enrollments

Hong Kong diocese tells schools to follow Beijing's law

To teach abidance to new law & cultivate 'correct values'

Pope names 13 new members of Council for Economy

Cardinals and 6 women, 1 man from Spain, Italy, Germany

Prelate aims to ease tension over new East Africa dam

Egypt, Sudan are downstream of Ethiopian Blue Nile dam

Shanghai bars underground priests from funeral homes

New attempt to force switch to state-sanctioned status

August 6

Pope begins series of talks on healing amid pandemic

The Church's social doctrines 'can help us move forward'

Vatican: Plural 'we baptize you...' baptisms are invalid

CDF addresses modified 'community-centered' formula

Providence RI diocese sees influx of new seminarians

After prayer efforts; highest number in nearly 40 years

Newark archdiocese reveals 5 schools closing, 3 merging

Meanwhile, Brooklyn NY diocese plans for 6 schools to close

Rand Paul introduces bill to remedy school lockdowns

Fed. educ. funds to follow child to private, home program

Catholic Charities USA: $400M in pandemic aid, services

Reports 50-70% overall increase in number of clients

August 5

KY bishops continue public Masses despite ‘pause’ idea

Deny gov's request due to successful hygiene protocols

Explosion in Beirut worsens Lebanon’s dire situation

Catholic agencies describe daily struggles for survival

SSPX warns staff, priests about Kansas investigators

Say all must 'insist' on having attorney at any KBI interview

Gender surgery offers 'no advantage' to mental health

After criticism researchers reverse claim of 2019 study

Boston archdiocese: Marathon bomber need not die

Says justice can be served by life sentence with no parole

Econ prof barred from teaching class critical of Marxism

Ohio: His peers assert he's 'teaching Marxism incorrectly'

August 4

Police investigate Boston-area church fire as arson

Parishioner reports finding remnants of Molotov cocktail

Maryland Catholic schools can open per gov's order

Hogan ensures non-public schools can make own plans

Pope gives new interview with Italian journalist Scalfari

Focuses on ecology, includes no shocking statements

Italian scientist alleges virus was created in Wuhan lab

Book claims past efforts morphed into military research

Yale’s dean of public health defends open discourse

Over use of hydroxychloroquine as virus treatment

Bp. Robt. Barron chides AOC on St. Damien as 'colonizer'

'Ridiculous' insult shows superficiality of 'woke categories'

August 3

Pope deplores firebomb attack on Nicaragua cathedral

Cardinal calls destruction of chapel, crucifix 'a terrorist act'

Superior general challenges Jesuits to live out poverty

Sosa: Must 'recognize our deficiencies & sins' in this area

Pope emeritus BXVI unwell since visit to Germany

Is sick with bacterial infection of the skin and is 'very frail'

NJ diocese suspends payments to clergy abuse victims

Due to 'precipitous decline in revenue' during pandemic

Pro-lifers arrested trying to chalk street, with permit

Writing 'Black Preborn Lives Matter' outside big PP clinic

Covington diocese releases report on clergy sex abuse

Of the accused priests named, all but 14 are deceased

July 31

Canada: 2% of all deaths now doctor-assisted suicide

Total of 5,631 in 2019; their average age was 75.2 years

Vatican journal spotlights abuse in women’s orders

Cites cases of misused power, lack of accountability

Archbp. Cordileone speaks on ongoing church closures

Describes efforts with SF gov't; calls for prayer & fasting

Quebec cardinal to gov't: Stop ignoring the churches

Despite appeals, unnecessary CO19 closures remain

UNICEF: Economic crisis now more harmful than CO19

Study: 10,000 children/month are dying in global south

Rep. Chris Smith to Chinese Prez: Where is Bishop Su?

Hearing focuses on long-imprisoned Catholic bishop

July 30

Top U.S. prelates urge federal aid for Catholic schools

Dolan, O’Malley, Gomez: Pandemic is causing enrollment dip

Mex. Supreme Court rejects effort to expand abortion

Bishops’ conf., pro-life groups had taken a strong stand

Vatican delays response on ex-WV bishop’s restitution

Eight months have passed since new bishop gave plan

Vatican Acad. for Life defends non-Christian document

Which doesn't mention God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Church, etc.

Black U.S. pro-life leaders advise movement on racism

Say to avoid party politics, understand racism & poverty gap

Loyola U. Maryland renames Flannery O’Connor Hall

After petitioners flagged racist language in her letters

July 29

China hacks Vatican ahead of deal-renewal negotiation

Spies use counterfeit document from Cdl. Parolin as 'lure'

Five Christian aid workers are executed in Nigeria

IS West Africa claims responsibility, releases message

Catholicism has become a minority religion in France

The practicing faithful, as few as 5%, feel targeted & hated

Philly’s new archbishop takes part in prayer vigil at PP

Perez says Mass, leads rosary procession to area clinic

Dutch mull assisted suicide for healthy people over 75

Bill specifies 'strong death wish for at least two months'

Jesuits leave historic New Mexico parish after 152 years

Can no longer staff it; Santa Fe archdiocese takes over

July 28

Portland archbp. decries protest violence as further evil

Points to Catholic social teaching for response to racism

Cdl. Zen defends Vatican II, criticizing 'extreme' views

Says, 'Post-conciliar errors do not belong to the Council'

Indian priest who worked in the slums of Kolkata dies

He delivered food packages to poor as COVID-19 spread

France will rebuild Notre Dame’s spire as it was before

Prez drops idea of holding internat'l design competition

Pope urges young people to reach out to the elderly

Suggests 'calling, videochatting, sending them hugs'

COVID-19 pandemic threatens ‘fragile’ peace of C.A.R.

Ongoing fighting has forced a million from their homes

July 27

Refugee volunteer at Nantes cathedral admits to arson

Lawyer: Rwandan man regrets it; his motives are unknown

Specialists rap report of churches as spreaders of CO19

Mass is 'substantially safer than restaurants and bars'

Fr. Frank Pavone resigns from Trump campaign roles

Per the direction of unnamed 'ecclesiastical authority'

Supreme Court 5-4 okays Nevada's rules for churches

Despite discrimination in favor of the gaming industry

Washington Post settles lawsuit from Covington teen

Sandmann so far sees 2 of 8 defamation suits settled

Survey: Centrists, moderates are afraid to speak minds

Only category to mostly feel safe to speak: left liberals

July 24

Karachi mourns 'angel of Pakistan' Sister Ruth Lewis

For 50 years she led a home for special-needs orphans

Mozambique bishop deplores rising extremist violence

Persecution, killings so far met with world's 'indifference'

German bishops rap Vatican instruction on parishes

Describe norms as 'interference' and 'outdated by reality'

Vietnam: Diocese to tear down 135-year-old cathedral

To build larger replica; architects & historians are horrified

German abbess faces landmark trial on church asylum

She gave refuge to female asylum-seekers over 30 times

NYT podcast: ‘White parents’ are problem in public ed

Their longtime 'powerful force' fails 'students of color'