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by Dennis Coday

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Most Americans back gun lobby, right to use deadly force

Election 2012 -- Newt Gingrich rents donor list to raise cash

Catholic bishops issue rallying cry for 'religious freedom'. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged every diocese to hold a "Fortnight for Freedom"

A growing number of Seattle’s Catholic parishes are saying “no” to Archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s offer that churches become signature gathering points for Referendum 74, the ballot measure to roll back Washington’s recently passed same-sex marriage law.

Philadelphia – An expert on canon law angrily called it "obstruction of justice, cubed" for a Roman Catholic archbishop to have shredded a list of 35 active priests accused of molesting children.

Traditional Catholicism Is Winning There were 467 new priestly ordinations in the U.S. last year, and Boston's seminary had to turn away applicants.

Australia's most senior Catholic archbishop sparks outrage after saying Jews are 'intellectually and morally inferior'

Victoria, Australia -- Police reports have detailed the suicides of at least 40 people sexually abused by Catholic clergy in Victoria, and have urged a new inquiry into these and many other deaths suspected to be linked to abuse in the church.

Winnipeg, Canada -- Archbishop to be adopted into aboriginal community. Archbishop James Weisgerber had arranged a private meeting with the Pope for Canadian residential school survivors.

Canada -- Catholics reel from federal funding cut to aid organization. Government to slash Peace and Development’s funding by 67 percent.

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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