In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Trump's campaign manager stepping down, fewer Catholics are being ordained priests, and the debate over "freedom to worship" and "freedom of religion".
"When God seems to be millions of miles away, we have to ask ourselves one question: Who moved?" (Fr. John Klockeman)
Today's Gospel: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)
In the News:
- Paul Manafort, installed as the chief strategist for Donald J. Trump’s campaign after the firing of his original campaign manager, handed in his resignation on Friday morning.
- Two American Olympic swimmers landed in Miami on Friday morning after being pulled off a plane a day earlier to testify about an alleged robbery at the Rio Olympics that Brazilian police later deemed erroneous.The lawyer for a third U.S. swimmer said he would make a $10,800 payment and leave Brazil later in the day.
- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told federal investigators that Colin Powell, a former secretary of State, advised her to use a personal email account, the New York Times reports.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Never before have so few Catholic priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men joined the clergy in 2015, according to official figures published by the German Episcopal Conference this week.
- In a new article for National Catholic Reporter, Fr. Thomas Reese asks: Was the use of "freedom to worship" rather than "freedom of religion" a conscious diabolical plan on the part of the Obama administration?
- A monument of the Ten Commandments outside a Maryland courthouse is safe, after a lawsuit against it was dropped this week.
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