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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.
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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.
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NEWS
July 21, 1986
A 3-year-old American girl has been kidnaped in the southern Philippines, an army spokesman said in Manila. The child, identified as Linaces Cawley, was seized Friday while playing outside her house on Basilan Island. Manila newspapers said she is the granddaughter of a Filipino-American, William Cawley. Her abductors were not known. Last week, Muslim rebels released 10 Roman Catholic nuns and an American Protestant missionary kidnaped in separate incidents on Mindanao Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Richard Winton
An Orange County real estate consultant who stole $285,000 from Roman Catholic nuns and used it to buy lingerie and lease a sports car was convicted Tuesday of three counts of wire fraud. After a three-day trial, a federal jury in Santa Ana convicted Linda Rose Gagnon, also known as Linda Gualtieri-Gagnon, 59, of defrauding the U.S. Province of the Religious of Jesus and Mary. Asst. U.S. Atty. Robert Keenan said Gagnon told the nuns in 2008 that she was an expert in handling short-sale and foreclosure transactions and offered to help them buy a small home in San Diego they were renting for retired sisters in the religious order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1986 | Associated Press
Sister Celia Ann Cavazos oversees a "house of discernment," a new technique to help women decide whether to become Roman Catholic nuns. Such facilities are becoming more common because nuns and women considering becoming nuns "both have a sense that this is a decision that is not entered into lightly," said Sister Sarah Marie Sherman, executive director of the National Sister Vocation Conference. Residents must agree to live in the house for six months to a year. Rent is $200 a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Richard Winton
An Orange County real estate consultant who stole $285,000 from Roman Catholic nuns and used it to buy lingerie and lease a sports car was convicted Tuesday of three counts of wire fraud. After a three-day trial, a federal jury in Santa Ana convicted Linda Rose Gagnon, also known as Linda Gualtieri-Gagnon, 59, of defrauding the U.S. Province of the Religious of Jesus and Mary. Asst. U.S. Atty. Robert Keenan said Gagnon told the nuns in 2008 that she was an expert in handling short-sale and foreclosure transactions and offered to help them buy a small home in San Diego they were renting for retired sisters in the religious order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1988 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
High in the hills above Sunland-Tujunga is a serene and picturesque piece of land that a small order of Roman Catholic nuns feels would be the perfect spot for a convent and retreat for visiting nuns. But instead of tranquillity, the Sisters of Bethany got a holy war.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Steve Padilla
The nun's short speech got less attention than the rousing address by former President Bill Clinton, or the cutting remarks by Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, but in her own way, Sister Simone Campbell said something remarkable at the Democratic National Convention. Campbell, one of the so-called Nuns on the Bus who have toured the country this summer, declared that nuns agreed with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops . The topic was their opposition to a Republican budget plan, and it offered a rare moment of agreement between these two forces in the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. To appreciate Campbell's comments, a little background is in order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2003 | Patricia Ward Biederman, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging's choice for its Community Mother of the Year honor is neither a mother nor Jewish. But Jennie Lechtenberg, a Roman Catholic nun, so impressed the group with her work as founder and director of the PUENTE Learning Center that it is honoring her today in Reseda at a Mother's Day gathering that is expected to attract more than 1,500 mothers, grandmothers and children.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2011 | Philip Delves Broughton
"The rich world has a poor conscience," wrote Christopher Hitchens in one of his assaults on the reputation of Mother Teresa, "and many people liked to alleviate their own unease by sending money to a woman who seemed like an activist for 'the poorest of the poor.'" He has called Mother Teresa a friend of poverty, rather than the poor, and a Roman Catholic fundamentalist. His view is rhetorically harsh, but worth reflecting on as one reads "Mother Teresa, CEO: Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership," a paean to the leadership talents of history's most famous Albanian.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Steve Padilla
The nun's short speech got less attention than the rousing address by former President Bill Clinton, or the cutting remarks by Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, but in her own way, Sister Simone Campbell said something remarkable at the Democratic National Convention. Campbell, one of the so-called Nuns on the Bus who have toured the country this summer, declared that nuns agreed with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops . The topic was their opposition to a Republican budget plan, and it offered a rare moment of agreement between these two forces in the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. To appreciate Campbell's comments, a little background is in order.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2011 | Philip Delves Broughton
"The rich world has a poor conscience," wrote Christopher Hitchens in one of his assaults on the reputation of Mother Teresa, "and many people liked to alleviate their own unease by sending money to a woman who seemed like an activist for 'the poorest of the poor.'" He has called Mother Teresa a friend of poverty, rather than the poor, and a Roman Catholic fundamentalist. His view is rhetorically harsh, but worth reflecting on as one reads "Mother Teresa, CEO: Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership," a paean to the leadership talents of history's most famous Albanian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2003 | Patricia Ward Biederman, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging's choice for its Community Mother of the Year honor is neither a mother nor Jewish. But Jennie Lechtenberg, a Roman Catholic nun, so impressed the group with her work as founder and director of the PUENTE Learning Center that it is honoring her today in Reseda at a Mother's Day gathering that is expected to attract more than 1,500 mothers, grandmothers and children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1988 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
High in the hills above Sunland-Tujunga is a serene and picturesque piece of land that a small order of Roman Catholic nuns feels would be the perfect spot for a convent and retreat for visiting nuns. But instead of tranquillity, the Sisters of Bethany got a holy war.
NEWS
July 21, 1986
A 3-year-old American girl has been kidnaped in the southern Philippines, an army spokesman said in Manila. The child, identified as Linaces Cawley, was seized Friday while playing outside her house on Basilan Island. Manila newspapers said she is the granddaughter of a Filipino-American, William Cawley. Her abductors were not known. Last week, Muslim rebels released 10 Roman Catholic nuns and an American Protestant missionary kidnaped in separate incidents on Mindanao Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1986 | Associated Press
Sister Celia Ann Cavazos oversees a "house of discernment," a new technique to help women decide whether to become Roman Catholic nuns. Such facilities are becoming more common because nuns and women considering becoming nuns "both have a sense that this is a decision that is not entered into lightly," said Sister Sarah Marie Sherman, executive director of the National Sister Vocation Conference. Residents must agree to live in the house for six months to a year. Rent is $200 a month.
NEWS
January 31, 1985 | Associated Press
The leaders of 48 congregations of Roman Catholic nuns in New England have demanded a "prompt" public apology from outgoing Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan for saying sisters who run hospitals haven't got "their heads screwed on tight." Regan was quoted in an interview with Newsweek magazine Jan. 7 as saying: "My heart cannot bleed for many hospitals hurt by limits on Medicare payments, even those run by Roman Catholic nuns. Their hearts are big, but their heads aren't screwed on tight.
NEWS
February 3, 1986
Defenders of a group of Roman Catholic nuns who have been under fire from the Vatican for signing an abortion-related ad in 1984 said that they will publish a new statement next month declaring solidarity with the nuns. "It was a difficult decision for the committee, but we are deeply concerned by the growing repression of dissent in the church," Frances Kissling, executive director of Catholics for a Free Choice, said in Washington.
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