Court reverses decision, orders release of Philly priest

Jan. 3, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service A panel of judges for a Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed the decision on a priest’s conviction in handling a clerical abuse case and ordered his release from prison. The decision involves Msgr. William Lynn, former secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Msgr. Lynn has served 18…

How many meals can $1.40 make?

Federal cutbacks on food assistance force poor to find out  Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Patricia Kasten How many meals can you make with a buck and change? That’s what the average family receiving benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) will have to feed each person per meal now that…

Congress’ shutdown showdown:

Good theater, but is it good government?  Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service The drama being played out in Congress since the lawmakers returned from summer vacation has made for riveting viewing, with cable news channels showing shifting vote totals on crucial bills in real time. But questions arise on the…