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Richard Land Not Quitting Fight For Nation's Soul

As a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, Richard Land has spent nearly 25 years on the front lines of America's so-called 'culture war'. Now, as social conservatives worry that they're losing key policy battles, Land tells host Michel Martin that he may be stepping down from his post, but not from the fight.
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Parishioners Debate Cardinal Mahony's Legacy

In Los Angeles, Roman Catholic parishioners are still coming to terms with the release of thousands of pages of church documents detailing clergy sex abuse. The newly public files also reveal how former Archbishop Roger Mahony and other leaders acted to shield accused priests, in some cases assigning them to other states to avoid police.
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Federal Aid For Religious Institutions In Murky Waters After Sandy

Houses of worship are still trying to recover from the damage done by the superstorm last fall. The government has encouraged them to apply for aid, but it's not clear whether they'll qualify. For some, even disaster relief would break down the boundary between "church and state."
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French Catholic Priest Plans To Marry Same-Sex Couples In New Job As Mayor

In a tiny village in Brittany, France, the mayor is also the local Catholic priest. As a mayor, Elie Geffray will soon be officiating over same-sex unions even though the Catholic Church opposes gay marriage and adoption. He notes that France is a secular democracy and that allows Muslims, Catholics, Protestants and atheists to live together. And says he believes the Catholic Church made a mistake by getting involved in the gay marriage debate.
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Catholic Bishops Reject Obama's Birth Control Coverage Compromise

U.S. Catholic bishops responded on Thursday to a compromise offered by the Obama administration on insurance coverage for birth control. The policy was announced Monday and many saw it as a middle ground that the bishops would accept. But they say they've considered it and are not very satisfied.
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Gay Rights Off The Table At National Prayer Breakfast

Gay rights was not on the agenda Thursday morning, when President Barack Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, hosted by a group that strongly opposes same-sex marriage.

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