Morning Briefing

I've been trying to get my head around the Republican tax plan. Probably the most important thing I learned is "Many important details were left for Congress to hash out." Here are some resources that I am reading:

ICYMI: A "year of gratitude" celebration kicks off tomorrow in Chicago: As 8th Day Center for Justice enters final year, sisters shepherd center's conclusion

Jesuit Fr. Hans Zollner, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, speaks to Vatican Radio about the lessons learned during the past three years of work.

Here's our report on the meeting (his first) Pope Francis had with the commission: Pope admits Catholic Church waited too long to respond to clergy abuse crisis

Related news: Several priests in prison for child sex abuse still being paid by Louisville Catholic church

This story, originally reported Sept. 26, was updated Sept. 28. Minnesota diocese settles in lawsuit against Bishop Hoeppner. You can read the letter the deacon candidate was asked to sign.

And from our neighbors to the north: Canadian bishops won't publish new policy on minor protection till 2018. The child protection protocols the church in Canada now operate under, "From Pain to Hope," date from June 1992. New guidelines were supposed to have been published in 2016.

We've done a bit of reporting about U.S. Catholics forced out public speaking gigs. (See, for example, Martin, Bratten Weiss and Copeland.) Here's some news from Poland about a gag order lifted: Silenced priest speaks against Catholic Church's cozy relationship with Polish government

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