Morning Briefing

This week at the Supreme Court

  • The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case, Obergefell v. Hodges, on Tuesday, and will most likely announce in June whether states will still be allowed to ban same-sex marriage and refuse to recognize the rights of couples married in other states. As arguments near, Justice Ginsburg has already made up her mind on gay marriage
  • The use of a lethal-injection drug involved in prolonged, apparently agonizing executions last year will come under scrutiny in the Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices hear a case brought by three condemned prisoners from Oklahoma.The Justices and a Botched Execution

This is what NCR thinks: "Capital punishment must end."

This is what NCR thinks: The church was not 'out-marketed' on gay marriage and No reconciling the irreconcilable when it comes to marriage

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Cordileone will not attend March for Marriage to instead see to 'pastoral needs'

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City named archbisop of Sante Fe

From our sister publication: A Place to Call Home, a new series focusing on women religious helping people who are homeless. Read more

Church agencies in race to reach survivors of Nepal earthquake as death toll continues to rise

San Jose, Calif. -- Bishop McGrath addresses case of monsignor arrested for bank fraud and tax evasion.

Kansas City, Mo. -- Catholis ponder life after Bishop Finn: Can Francis reconcile Catholics to church hierarchy? (Warning: Turn your speaker volume way down -- you may encounte a loud video ad.)

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Since the fall of Saigon, church reclaims its foundation

Karnes, Texas -- Living like prisoners: Migrant women talk about U.S. detention centers

Battle Creek, Mich. -- A headline late last week struck a chord that echoed throught social meedia: "Girl who battled cancer is dismissed from Catholic school for poor attendance." This morning, a move toward a solution: School offers readmission to girl battling leukemia. And as you might suspect, the case was more complicated than the social media hype allowed.

Teddy Voutour has been creating and maintaining websites for Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of San Antonio for almost a decade.

Hove, England -- David Dennis, 87, still bringing music to churches ".I've spent 75 years playing the organ."


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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