Morning Briefing

New Ulm, Minn. -- In a rare legal move, church diocese sues another over priest accused of sex abuse. New Ulm says Clogher, Ireland, diocese transferred a known sex abuser priest without notice.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, defends conference guidelines on child protection, which state an Italian bishop has “no juridical obligation” to report “illegal doings” to the state judiciary. Guidelines are expression of concern for the victims’ right to privacy, he says.

Twin Cities archdiocese will begin releasing files on abusive priests to court. Archbishop John Nienstedt to be deposed April 2.

Berkeley, Calif. -- With little warning, bishop changes leadership, direction of Berkeley campus ministry

Newark, N.J. -- Archdiocese fails to pay state taxes in for-profit headstone, mausoleum business

Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada -- Proceeds from sale of two closed parish churches and a retreat center (about $350,000) will be distributed among parishes.

Portsmouth, England -- MP told he has 'excommunicated himself' for backing gay marriage

The hobby website and magazine Practical Fishkeeping notes that the "bishop of bling," the recently resigned Limburg, Germany, Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, spent $292,740 on a fish tank.

Translating tweets into Latin

'Noah' is not your typical robe-and-sandal Bible film

Part Middle-Earth fantasy flick, part family melodrama, “Noah” is an ambitious leap for Darren Aronofsky, director of the art-house hits “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler.” Both of those films were showered with praise and awards. “Noah,” on the other hand, has sailed into stiff criticism.

PP-header_with-outline.jpgLooking for 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 a blog in which Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the Word.

DailyBreadBanner.jpgDaily Bread is a series of 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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