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"The idea of arming teachers seems to raise more concerns than it addresses," said the heads of two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Distinctly Catholic: There is still a way to go for the reforms introduced by Pope Francis, but the trajectory is much clearer as 2017 comes to an end than it was when the year began.
Republican lawmakers cheered passage of an overhaul of the federal tax system even as Bishop Frank Dewane expressed concerns about its effect on low income families.
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