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San Francisco Catholic School Teacher handbooks: Does new draft signal change in substance or just change in tone?

As referendum on same sex marriage approaches in Ireland: Some priests openly support it  The New York Times asks what it will mean for the church's authority.

From ScienceDaily, a new look at old study concludes negative findings for children of gay parents don't hold up

Papal pointers on parenting: Francis tells parents to come out of exile and reclaim the role of educating children.

Movement to have Fordham U. revoke honorary degree told that John O. Brennan is wrong target. In a letter addressed to the eight organizing faculty members of FAT (Fordham Against Torture, the university's president,  Jesuit Fr. Joseph McShane said while he and the board of trustees condemn torture "in the strongest possible terms," Brennan did not set the policies that led to these punishments. That responsibility, he said, lies with the president and other elected officials.

Obituary: Benedictine Fr. Cyprian Davis, top chronicler of black Catholic history. He was 84.

From Global Sisters Report: Nepal authorities try to block Sisters of Charity from delivering aid to earthquake victims.

On the Tsarnaev death sentence: Boston wrong?

Heidi Schlumpf: Mad Men ending is maddening (spoiler alert).

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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