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January 24, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Though the Vatican hasn't made an official announcement, news that Pope Francis may visit Philadelphia in 2015 has generated buzz among the Catholic community and city residents. Vatican officials told the National Catholic Reporter on Friday that Pope Francis intends to attend the World Meeting of Families, a global Catholic event that aims to "support and strengthen families. " The event is held every three years and is scheduled to take place Sept. 22-27, 2015, in Philadelphia.
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OPINION
January 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization of Roman Catholic nuns that runs nursing homes around the country, is testing the contraceptive coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Last week, we're sorry to say, the nuns won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Under the law, most employers are required to provide their employees with health insurance that covers birth control. But the Obama administration agreed to a compromise for nonprofit religious groups that object to contraception, exempting them from paying for such coverage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Father Robert Nugent, a Roman Catholic priest whose support of gays and lesbians in the church brought the Vatican's censure, ending his public role as an advocate for reconciling church doctrines with the realities of gay life, died Wednesday in Milwaukee. He was 76. The cause was cancer, said Sister Jeannine Gramick, the nun with whom he founded New Ways Ministry in 1977 to educate the church about gay and lesbian Catholics and advocate for their acceptance. For more than two decades, Nugent traveled the country with Gramick to counsel gay Catholics, give workshops for Catholic clergy and lay people, and write books on gays in the church.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Obama administration lawyers strongly urged Justice Sonia Sotomayor and her fellow Supreme Court members to drop an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic groups who object to the so-called contraceptive mandate in the new healthcare law. Nonprofit religious charities already can opt out of the requirement to pay for insurance coverage for contraceptives and therefore have nothing to complain about, U.S. Solicitor...
NATIONAL
January 2, 2014 | By David G. Savage and Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - The intensifying Supreme Court clash over whether birth control should be required under President Obama's signature healthcare law has revealed just how deep divisions remain between administration officials and Catholic leaders over where to draw the line between religious freedom and women's reproductive rights. After more than two years of negotiations, a compromise that satisfies everyone appears out of reach, likely leaving the matter for high court justices to decide later this year.
NATIONAL
December 31, 2013 | By David G. Savage and Maeve Reston
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary exemption late Tuesday to a small group of Catholic nuns that shields it from having to comply with a part of President Obama's healthcare law that requires it to provide contraceptive coverage in its insurance plans. She acted on an emergency appeal from lawyers for the group who said the nuns faced "draconian fines" beginning on New Year's Day if they failed to comply with the law widely known as Obamacare. Sotomayor gave the government until Friday to file a response in the case.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday overturned the conviction of the first U.S. church official ever charged or convicted in connection with how he handled complaints that priests had sexually abused children. Msgr. William Lynn, who has never been accused of personally molesting any child, was convicted in 2012 of endangering the welfare of a child for how he handled the case of a priest who had been accused of sexually abusing children. Lynn, who has already served about 18 months in prison, could be released as soon as Friday, a Superior Court of Pennsylvania appeals panel ruled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
Kelly Clark, an Oregon attorney who won a nearly $20-million judgment for a sex abuse victim against the Boy Scouts of America and forced the organization to release secrets on pedophiles contained in its so-called perversion files, has died. He was 56. A resident of Portland, Ore., Clark died Dec. 17 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said Paul Mones, Clark's friend and co-counsel in the case. Doctors were in the process of diagnosing Clark's condition when he died. Clark was one of the most prominent American attorneys who fought for childhood victims of sexual abuse - bringing and winning cases against the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America.
SPORTS
December 20, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Modesto Central Catholic has capitalized on several miscues by Bakersfield Christian and leads 15-14 at halftime of the CIF state Division IV championship bowl game at StubHub Center in Carson. The Raiders' only touchdown came on a fumble return midway through the first quarter. They got a safety when a high snap sailed through the back of the end zone and another fumble near midfield led to Kenny Smart's 28-yard field goal that gave Central Catholic the lead with under four minutes left in the half.
SPORTS
December 20, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Modesto Central Catholic has won its second straight CIF state Division IV championship bowl game, beating Bakersfield Christian 36-23 at StubHub Center in Carson. Montell Bland ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns and brother Reggie Bland added 88 yards and one score for the Raiders (15-1), who limited Bakersfield Christian to two yards rushing. Kenny Smart kicked two field goals for Central Catholic, which led 5-14 at halftime. Eagles quarterback Brandon Jones threw for 380 yards and two TDs and ran for another score and Brayden Kuchta caught eight passes for 116 yards for Bakersfield Christian (12-3)
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