Australia -- Protection of Confession under heavy fire Save Politicans of all persuasions, from Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott down, say Catholic priests must not be exempt from having to report child abuse to police should they hear it in the confession of a colleague.
Australia -- Some secrets you don't keep to yourself Sydney priest Father Chris Riley won't hear confessions because he could not listen to a child sex abuser without reporting them to police; A Melbourne priest says he would report a child sex abuser.
Prayerful payback -- 15 years after flood, ND church returns favor to Sandy-hit parish 
The bishops in Baltimore: Catholic bishops struggle with message on gay marriage 
The bishops in Baltimore: Catholic Bishops Promise New Contraceptive Fight 
NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: celebrationpublications.org/dailybread. You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.
Ireland -- An independent expert has been appointed to investigate the death of pregnant woman Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway.  She died after hospital refused to an abortion.