NCR Today: In a television interview, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said he could understand Austria's decision to close its borders.
Child sexual abuse
Australian Cardinal George Pell called for an inquiry into the leaking of accusations that he is under police investigation for the alleged abuse of minors. He called them "utterly false."
An independent lawyer reported that 231 members of the famous German "Regensburger Domspatzen" boys choir were abused between 1953 and 1992, three times the diocese's official reported number.
NCR Today: The Milwaukee archdiocese has placed on leave Fr. Tom Eichenberger, a priest previously accused of sexual abuse as part of its bankruptcy proceedings.
The president of the Scottish bishops' conference offered a "profound apology" to victims of child abuse following a national review of church safeguarding procedures.
One bishop reportedly shielded a priest accused of sexually molesting an 11-year-old boy, and the other spent $600,000 on renovations to his home and offices.
The Vatican also indicted Jozef Wesolowski on charges of serious psychological distress and harm to adolescent sexual abuse victims and repeated use of online pornography.
We say: The mere announcement of the tribunal should rouse bishops around the world from any hesitancy they may feel addressing this issue.
NCR Today: Mental health professionals should view "50 Shades of Gray" and weigh in on its psycho-social and psycho-sexual implications.
NCR Today: An arbitrator has found the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese guilty of violating five terms of a 2008 settlement and ordered the diocese to pay $1.1 million.