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Boy Scouts' future uncertain after bankruptcy filing

Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Feb. 18 in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on.

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

Yolanda Martínez's son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. But when she called Cardinal Valasio De Paolis — the Vatican official appointed by the pope to lead the Legion and to clean it up — to report the settlement the group was offering and to express her outrage, he laughed.

Synod theologian: Francis' Amazon exhortation creates a new moment for Latin America

Commentary: The entire synodal process has to be read as a move toward a recovery of a localized ecclesiology.

Good news and not-so-good news in Francis' Amazon exhortation

Simply Spirit: There is much good news for our world in Querida Amazonia. But much is lacking, for Amazonian Catholics and also for Catholics like me, who long to return to the practice of the early church.

I found God in the pain of my brother's suicide

Soul Seeing: Either I believe that God is here with me in these darkest moments — or desolation, all is desolation.

Activists killed in Mexican state where illegal logging threatens butterflies

Commentary: Raúl Hernández and Homero Gómez, who were killed within a week of each other, advocated for the survival of monarch butterflies and the woods they migrate to every year in Michoacán state. 

Links for 2/18/20

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: The problems with Bloomberg; Sanders' vote-turnout myth; Querida Amazonia through the lens of Vatican II; homosexuality and genetics.

In 'Querida Amazonia,' Francis' sacramental imagination stops short of women

Grace on the Margins: Pope Francis' failure to see God fully alive and incarnated through the work and ministry of women feels like a betrayal by a man who otherwise sees sacrament everywhere.

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: February can be cold and dreary, but it's got some good points, too.

Copy Desk Daily, Feb. 18, 2020

NCR Today: The Copy Desk Daily highlights the latest news and opinion that have crossed copy editors' desks, on the way to readers.