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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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Hollywood Hot Shots, Scientology And A Story Worth The Risk In 'Going Clear'

Journalist Lawrence Wright's new book, Going Clear, is a penetrating look at Scientology and its famous practitioners. The book centers on Crash and Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis, who famously left the church over its support for an anti-gay marriage initiative in California.
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L.A. Cardinal Removed From Position For Role In Sex Abuse Scandal

The Los Angeles Archbishop, Jose Gomez, has removed retired Cardinal Roger Mahony in the wake of revelations about how the Cardinal handled priest sex abuse cases. Mahony will be relieved of his remaining public duties.
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Rockaway Residents Undergoing Faith-Testing Times

Congress passed an emergency aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims earlier this week. But three months after the storm, many hard-hit neighborhoods are still suffering. Host Michel Martin checks back with Monsignor John Brown of St. Francis de Sales in Rockaway, Queens, to discuss how the community is recovering.

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