Morning Briefing

Cathleen Kaveny's blog at dotCommonweal is among the best things I've read this week. It begins: "Over on the Deacon's Bench, Greg Kandra develops a public relations strategy on how to fire a pregnant unwed teacher at a Catholic school in a kindler, gentler way, so as to avoid bad publicity for the Catholic church. I have another suggestion: you could just NOT fire her."

Thiruvananthapuram, India -- Catholic protest helps Kerala object to costal regulations

New Spanish cardinal to be probed for 'anti-gay' incitement

Conservative House Republicans say: No immigration reform in 2014

Vatican investigates Chilean bishop for sex abuse. A statement released by Chile's Catholic church leadership said San Felipe bishop Cristian Contreras had "expressed the wish" for the allegations against him to be investigated.

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Commentary: Pope Francis must finally root out child abuse by Mary Dispenza

Scotland passes same-sex marriage law, with opt-in for religious groups

Dominican Fr. Timothy Radcliffe (narrowly) escapes angry mob in Algeria.

Conservative Catholic groups expressed outrage Wednesday over a U.N. panel’s scathing report on the Vatican’s sex abuse scandal.

Woman behind 'Philomena' meets Pope Francis

Japanese samurai put forward for beatification

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