Well, that was a tough game to watch. If you didn't catch the Eagles' brutal loss to the Cowboys last night, read on to find out why there may be some bitter and possibly hungover fans about town this morning. On a more serious note, two of our top stories today build on ongoing narratives shaping our communities. The first is the story of a Denver man who has broken his silence over abuse in the Catholic seminary after learning of investigations into clergy abuse. The second reports that hunger in Philadelphia has increased, following a disappointing pattern in which the city stumbles while nationwide trends improve.

— Aubrey Nagle (@aubsn, morningnewsletter@philly.com)

Stephen Szutenbach shown here in his home in Orlando, Florida, October 21, 2018.
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Stephen Szutenbach shown here in his home in Orlando, Florida, October 21, 2018.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meets in Baltimore this week. Clergy sex-abuse claims, which an Inquirer and Boston Globe report recently revealed to be severely mishandled in their ranks, is likely to be a topic of focus.

It was such high profile reports on misconduct in the Catholic church and the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sex abuse released earlier this year that prompted one young seminarian to come forward with a story of his own.

Stephen Szutenbach says he left the seminary in 2004 after he was abused by a priest in Denver. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput was head of the Denver archdiocese at that time.

The Super Bowl champs lost to their rivals the Cowboys at home last night, giving the team a losing record and likely breaking some hearts along the way.

"This one hurt," quarterback Carson Wentz said, blaming a slow start for the loss that brought both teams to 4-5 and put the Eagles two games behind NFC East leader the Washington Redskins.

Columnist David Murphy called the game the worst since Doug Pederson took over as coach. More bad news: The Saints provide a major challenge for the Birds next week.

Nationwide, food insecurity numbers are dropping; 11.1 percent of the population was living with hunger between 2015 and 2017, down from 15.7 between 2012 and 2014.

That's not what is happening in Philadelphia where those numbers are actually going up. From 2015 to 2017, 18.3 percent of the population was food insecure. In the 2012-2014 period, only 16.7 percent of Philadelphians were living with hunger.

These numbers are just another way Philly is out of step with national trends, like where incomes are rising and poverty is falling.

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