NCR Today: U.S. bishops add new members to National Review Board: Ernest Stark, Catholic school educator and administrator, and Garry Hall, retired U.S. Navy rear admiral.
NCR Today: Spearheaded by Archbishop Blase Cupich, the new policy provides employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave, and includes fathers who have recently had a child.
The Field Hospital: Minn. parish bookkeeper pleads not guilty to $200K theft; Vt. priest suspended for funds misuse, bad language; Cleveland church doubles tenants' rent, then backs off
NCR Today: Francis: 'To ignore the poor is to scorn God!'; How pope's opening on women deacons can change Catholicism; Learning life skills through sports
NCR Today: On May 18, the Missouri Court of Appeals will hear our case, challenging the Missouri Department of Corrections practice of buying execution drugs out of state.
NCR Today: Pfizer Drug released a statement May 13 saying that it will enforce a restriction on the distribution of drugs considered by some states for their lethal injection protocols.
NCR Today: Vatican financial reforms; Supreme Court contraception case; Illegal mining in Ghana; Interfaith Sunday schools; Female student fights to wear pants at Catholic school
Mark Wingfield is associate pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. He has a piece on the Baptist News Global site that is worth reading. It begins:
On May 9, the U.S. Justice Department sued North Carolina for civil rights violations in the state's House Bill 2 -- which requires people to use the restroom that corresponds with their birth gender -- and North Carolina countersued claiming government overreach. The next day, David Greene, host of the National Public Radio program "Morning Edition" spoke with Theodore Shaw, head of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill.
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NCR Today: In Zubik v. Burwell, the U.S. Supreme Court today remanded the case back to the lower courts.