Oct 12, 2018

Vatican accepts resignation of embattled D.C. archbishop

Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington, D.C. archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl after heavy criticism over his handling of sexual abuse in the Church, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: This is seen as a small but important step forward for the Catholic Church which has been under a microscope since a bombshell grand jury report revealed systemic abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania. Wuerl had "been seen as a pioneer in the church" on the issue of sex abuse in the church, but the grand jury report showed "an alternative picture" of him, the Post reports, one which showed that he failed to take action against abuse during his time in Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006.

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Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.