Morning Briefing

This is a developing story you will only find on NCRonline.org. In Febraury the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, it was ending pension payments with lump-sum payout. Jack Ruhl, NCR's expert on diocesan finances, says he has 'never seen' pension move like La Crosse's. This story isn't over. More to come.

Jack Ruhl has dipped into diocesan records a few times for NCR, most noteably:

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It has become an annual ritual: Protesting speakers at Catholic universities. Ave Maria University alumni protest Education Secretary DeVos' as graduation speaker, citing rollbacks she has made to programs aimed at protecting civil rights and the disabled.

State and federal lawmakers are pushing new restrictions in pursuit of a winning court challenge. Abortion foes seize on chance to overturn Roe

As #MeToo took off and the goal of making women safe from sexual assault became a movement, some noticed little action in the Catholic sphere. At least in the public Catholic sphere. But in quiet conversations, private Facebook pages, online forums and discreet email chains, Catholic women were discussing their experiences inside various Catholic institutions.

Remeber the Vatican's doctrinal investigatin of the Leaderhip Conference of Women Religious? In new book, former LCWR leaders reflect on years of Vatican scrutiny.

These New Jerseyans knew James Comey in high school. Hear what they have to say. "Was he perfect? No. I remember cutting CCD with him."

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