Morning Briefing

What? Are we really consulted in these matters? Vatican asks for parish-level input on synod document -- Is this the biggest story of the year?

United Kingdom -- The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has put the synod questionnaire online. Find the link to online questionnaire at bottom of this news story.

USCCB: U.S. bishops will follow 'usual process' on synod document

Baker, Ore. -- Oregon priest files Vatican appeal over dismissal as pastor

Food stamp cuts to hit 2 million Illinois residents today

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SNAP cuts could put pressure on local food banks

Pope Francis says Mass ad orientem -- shock horror! Liberals will be shaking in their clown shoes -- Read the comments at the blog, The New Liturgical Movement (which is really the old liturgical movement): There isn't a free-standing altar in the chapel, so you can't really celebrate there any other way.

Dominican Republic -- Prosecutors seek to extradite Polish Roman Catholic priest on child-abuse charges involving thousands of pornographic images.

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese wants power sharing for women in the Catholic Church

Manila, Philippines -- Instead of amulets, wear sacred objects as protection against “evil possession”, an official of the Catholic church has advised.

A Roman Catholic priest’s sexual relationship with an adult parishioner he is advising on spiritual matters is ­condemned by the church. But is it a crime? For the second time in six years, the Minnesota Supreme Court will address that question

PP-header2.jpgLooking for an a little inspiration to begin your day?  NCR's sister publication, Celebration, gives you two options, both based on the Scripture readings of the day:

Pencil Preaching is blog that Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines scripture and sketching to reflect on the word.

Daily Bread is a series short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.

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