In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include congress' upcoming polarizing session, Austrian Cardinal Christopher Schonborn's plea to EU Bishops about the migrant crisis, and the growing unrest among conservatives in the Vatican.

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In the News:

  • This fall promises to be another polarizing session for congress, as issues like the Iran deal and the debt limit shape up to leave congress incredibly contentious and divided. The likelihood of another government shutdown is big, as shutdowns are being increasingly used as a bargaining techniques.
  • In response to global outcries surrounding the treatment of Syrian refugees, America is considering taking in more this coming year. Currently the U.S. accepts 1,500 per year, but this is an incredibly small fraction of the millions of Syrians that are displaced from war ravaged Syria on an almost constant basis.
  • Reactionary fractions of the Republican party continue to say things about the Iran deal that are likely to engage us in conflict. Former secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, currently walks the difficult line of trying to address fear of the country without sacrificing the good of foreign diplomacy.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Austrian Cardinal Christopher Schönborn has called on all the bishops in the European Union to "find a common line" on the mounting crisis in Europe, where governments are struggling with how to respond to the tens of thousands of migrants seeking refuge in Europe. "We expect the EU to find a common stance on the migrant issue so we may also expect a common line from EU bishops," Schönborn said on Sunday.
  • An adviser to the Vatican's high court has warned that Pope Francis' new reform of the church's marriage annulment process raises serious legal questions and could lead to "crises of conscience" for even happily-married Catholics. Canon lawyer Edward Peters, a consultant to the Apostolic Signatura, says the most troubling aspect of the reform concerns the fast-track annulment process.
  • With just two weeks until the pope’s historic visit to the D.C. region, there appears to be growing unrest among conservatives in the Vatican. Pope Francis is seen by many as a revolutionary who’s more open-minded than some of his predecessors. He’s shown empathy for atheists and compassion for homosexuals — two previously taboo topics in the Catholic church.

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