Morning Briefing

Afgahnistan -- NATO commander orders probe of 'improper' disposal of large number of Islamic religious materials from air base

Election 2012 -- In the National Spotlight, Santorum Doesn’t Shy Away from Social Issues

Detroit -- 31 Catholic parishes face consolidation
. Archdiocese plan includes only 2 closures, but outlines mergers needed in next 4 years

Editorial: Obama’s compromise respects rights of church and of women

Opinion: Religious liberty and credibility by Brian Cahill, the former executive director of Catholic Charities of San Francisco.

Opinion: Church makes power play on contraception by Gene Lyons, Arkansas Times columnist

Opinion: Bishops losing moral leadership by James C. Harrington, an Austin, Texas, attornyey

Bishops decry Obama birth control plan, yet (at least some) Catholic hospitals report sterilizations

Financially stronger Catholic-sponsored medical centers are increasingly joining with smaller secular hospitals, in some cases limiting access to treatments like contraception, abortion and sterilization.

SOA Watch activists arrested after protest against border militarization

Former Anglican priests begin formation to be ordained Catholic priests

Melbourne, Australia -- A support group set up by the Catholic Church to counsel victims of clerical sexual abuse is being investigated over allegations of mistreatment and breaches of patient confidentiality.

Maynooth seminary head objects to Kennedy’s portrayal

NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.

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