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by Dennis Coday

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San Francisco -- Parents ask archdiocese to remove controversial parish priests

San Francisco -- Priests' council debates 'P.R. disaster' parish

You read this yesterday on NCR: Members of Vatican abuse commission question Francis' inaction in Chile. Now the Associated Press weighs in: Pope's Sex Abuse Commission Alarmed by Bishop Appointment The issue is particularly delicate for Francis, who would have been familiar with the Karadima scandal when it broke in 2010, when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. The scandal implicated his friend, the then-Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, who admitted that he shelved an investigation into Karadima in 2005 but reopened it in 2010 as the global abuse crisis was erupting.

My favorite Friday Column: Horizons -- Young sisters reflect on their lives, ministries, spirituality and world: Technology, connections and Lenten solidarity

Washington -- The Senate early Friday passed a Republican budget plan that .would cut spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years, raise military funding and (jeepers get over it already) repeal Obamacare.

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Governor Pence signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act in private ceremony The bill that would prohibit any state or local laws that "substantially burden" the religious beliefs of an individual, business or religious institution.

Why the U.S. Is Fighting Beside Iran in Iraq and Against It in Yemen

Montgomery, Ala. -- Meet the Catholic parish that dared take in Civil Rights marchers 50 years ago

NCR Editorial: Sweet music, despite our dissonance on race

California Catholic Conference: Approval of assisted suicide is 'sad and disappointing'

ICYMI: Activist plans to send 10,000 copies of 'The Interview' to North Korea by balloon

Looking 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:

PP-header_with-outline.jpgPencil Preaching is 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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