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Pro-life New Jersey nurses sue hospital over its policy on abortions

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Confronted with what one called “a choice between our faith and our jobs,” 12 nurses are suing University Hospital in Newark, N.J., over a new policy requiring them to care for patients before and after abortions, even if they have religious or moral objections to abortion.

The hospital, part of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, said that because “no nurse is compelled to have direct involvement in, and/or attendance in the room at the time of,” an abortion, its policy does not violate state or federal conscience protection laws.

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Detroit music minister writes ‘Mass for Motor City’

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DETROIT — Aaron Kaleniecki said he didn’t see how changing the wording to prayers was going to work musically with the new Roman Missal.

“When you are expected to keep the melody the same and use words with additional or fewer syllables, it gets clumsy,” said the music minister at St. Aloysius and St. Patrick parishes, both in downtown Detroit.

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Death penalty opponents praise Oregon governor

November 29th, 2011 Posted in National News Tags: , , ,

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Catholic and other opponents of the death penalty praised Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber for placing a moratorium on the use of the death penalty for the rest of his term.

“Those of us who respect the dignity of human life from conception to natural death applaud this decision,” said Portland Archbishop John G. Vlazny.

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Analysis: Hunger, poverty persist in the United States

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WASHINGTON — As U.S. nutritionists cringe over the prospect of an overweight nation indulging in a two-month binge of “season’s eatings” — from Halloween candy to Thanksgiving dinners to Christmas feasts to New Year’s parties — there are millions of Americans who aren’t sure they’re going to get enough to eat this day or the next.

The problem is made worse by lack of access to nutritious food, as residents of America’s poorest cities and neighborhoods have little choice but to make do with fast food or convenience stores that don’t stock fresh produce.

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Penn State crisis shows prevalence of sex abuse in society, experts say

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The child sexual abuse crisis at Penn State University brings into focus the harsh reality that the problem is pervasive in U.S. society, according to experts in the field and church officials.

Former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a 15-year span. Other college officials have been indicted for a failure to respond appropriately to reports that Sandusky was seen engaging in sexual behavior with children recruited through his connection with a children’s charity.

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Catholic leaders decry executions in Idaho, Florida

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BOISE, Idaho — After a last-minute delay, Paul E. Rhoades was executed by the state of Idaho Nov. 18 at the maximum security prison in south Boise.

Bishop Michael P. Driscoll of Boise said it was “with sadness and disappointment” that he learned the state carried out the death penalty for Rhoades.

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Sunday Mass is the family meal for Catholics, cardinal says

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BOSTON — Describing Sunday Mass as the “family meal” for Catholics, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston called Catholics in his archdiocese to more frequent and more enthusiastic participation in weekly services.

“Jesus’ eager desire is to celebrate this thanksgiving meal with every one of us each Sunday,” the cardinal said in a 12-page pastoral letter dated Nov. 20, the feast of Christ the King. “We pray in many good and helpful ways but none equals the prayer that is the Sunday Mass.”

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Methodist bishops uphold ban on same-sex unions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops said in a Nov. 10 letter they would continue to uphold the denomination’s ban on blessing same-sex unions.

“As the Council of Bishops we will uphold the Book of Discipline as established by General Conference,” the denominational assembly that meets every four years and is the church’s highest policymaking body, said the letter, which was addressed to all Methodists.

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Lapse in handling remains of war dead surprises military chaplains

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) — Serving at the Pentagon crash site and offering prayers for the dead as the remains of those killed in the 9/11 attack there were recovered, Father Robert L. Marciano will never forget the reverence with which the military cared for the remains of those lost in the line of service to their country that day.

So it came as a surprise to the chaplain when the U.S. Air Force acknowledged Nov. 8 that staff at its Dover, Del., military mortuary had lost body parts or mishandled the remains of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan after they were shipped home from the battlefield.

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Analysis: Tax-exempt religious groups restricted in political activity but speaking out

November 17th, 2011 Posted in Featured, National News Tags: , ,

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WASHINGTON — The names on the ballot may change from one election to another, but the guidelines for what tax-exempt religious organizations can and cannot do in a political campaign remain basically unchanged.

“The law says that organizations exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which includes charities and churches, may not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office,” the Internal Revenue Service says on its website.

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