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Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/08/18

Confession: its decline mirrors that of the Church (CNS)

Australia’s bishops have rejected the royal commission’s call for priests to be compelled to report abuse disclosed in the confessional.

Immigration officials in the Philippines have confirmed that they intend to deport Australian nun Patricia Fox.

The roof of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami church in Rome has collapsed.

Seminarians were allowed to serve as assistants to Theodore McCarrick while he was being investigated for sexual abuse.

More than 13,000 Catholic women have written an open letter asking Pope Francis to answer the Viganò allegations.

John Allen, Jason Berry, Michelle Boorstein, David French, Rachel Lu, Fr James Martin, Mgr Charles Pope, Philip Pullella, Walter Robinson, Amy Welborn, Benjamin Wiker and Michael Sean Winters reflect on the Viganò letter and the abuse crisis.

And Caitlin Weaver says that she “became Catholic because of gay pride”.

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