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Morning Briefing: CHIP funding at risk, Chilean bishops meet with Pope Francis; Padre Melo travels to U.S.; Cardinal George Pell's abuse trial; LGBT groups call new Oklahoma adoption law discriminatory
Distinctly Catholic: A cardinal will be facing a secular jury without a peep of protest from the Vatican. At long last, they realize there are things more important than independence.
Australian bishops expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for authorizing an Australian plenary council, a meeting in which decisions become binding on the church in the country.
An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of clerical celibacy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia.