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Morning Briefing

Morning Briefing: Catholic sexual abuse cases rock the church; Nuns on the Bus to hit the road again; World Meeting of Families to kick off in Ireland; Francis to meet with survivors of sexual abuse

Bishop McCarthy dies; had national role in church's efforts on poverty

Bishop John McCarthy, who served in Houston and Austin and provided national leadership for the church in its work to address systemic poverty, died Aug. 18 at his home in Austin surrounded by his family. He was 88.

Vatican confirms pope will meet abuse survivors in Ireland

Pope Francis will meet survivors of sexual abuse during his trip to Ireland Aug. 25-26, but it will be up to the survivors to decide whether any information about the meeting will be released, said the director of the Vatican press office.

This is why it's divine

Every Sunday afternoon, I volunteer at a nursing home with members of the Community of Sant’Egidio in Washington, D.C. Once a month we have Mass there. It’s a ragtag affair, a comedy of errors, and this is why I love it.

Justice Action Bulletin: Helping immigrants leave sanctuary; affordable housing

The latest news on active nonviolence: Group plans to help immigrants leave sanctuary safely; Catholic Mobilizing Network condemns execution; people of faith oppose natural gas compression station

Labor unions rally in support of immigrants, against child detention

In a show of unity and peaceful resistance under a steamy August sun, approximately 2,000 union members gathered to protest Trump administration immigration policies, making common cause on an issue that sometimes has divided them.

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: It seems Francis himself has recognized the humor inherent in being pope. "Francis," the comic strip, picks up on that cue.

Links for 8/21/18

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Why remain Catholic? 'America' calls to disclose abusers' names; Giuliani speaks about 'truth'; Democrats battle for Pennsylvania

Real change against abuse starts with church's clergy/lay structure

Commentary: Even if all U.S. bishops were to resign and be replaced with more clerics, little would improve. The structure, not just individuals who err, is the problem and structures can be changed.

Why the bishops should welcome invitation to resign

Commentary: My wife and I signed the Daily Theology statement calling on all U.S. bishops to submit their resignations to Pope Francis, just as all of Chile's 34 bishops have done. Not to be dismissed as a provocative stunt, in the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, their challenge reads more like a respectful invitation.