BALTIMORE (Reuters) – U.S. Catholic bishops will choose new leaders at an assembly in Baltimore this week and possibly signal a new direction for the American church under the influence of Pope Francis.
The conference begins Monday and all eyes will be on whether the new leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops continue vigorous opposition to gay marriage and to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, or increase their push to help the poor and immigrants given Pope Francis’ emphasis on social justice issues.
GARY, Indiana (Reuters) – Struggling U.S. Rust Belt cities for years have tried to counter the loss of manufacturing jobs with big, expensive projects like casinos and stadiums.
For cities such as Gary, Indiana; Flint, Michigan; and Youngstown, Ohio, these projects brought hope and headlines. Some delivered new revenue, but others brought new costs and mixed results.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois is poised to become the 15th U.S. state to allow same-sex unions after lawmakers in President Barack Obama’s home state gave final approval to a bill on Tuesday.
The state Senate approved gay marriage on Valentine’s Day in February, but there was a delay in bringing the vote to the House, even though Democrats have a strong majority.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – British comedian Sanderson Jones left a Christmas concert six years ago feeling uncomfortable – he no longer believed in God, but he sure liked singing carols.
Jones also missed other things about being in a church – the sense of community and time spent thinking about being a better person – just not the religion part.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. began his first day of a 30-month sentence in a North Carolina federal prison on Tuesday, a day after he had attempted to report early and was turned away.
The son of civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson pleaded guilty to charges of misusing campaign funds in February and was due to report to prison no earlier than Friday, November 1, according to a judge’s order.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. began his first day of a 30-month sentence in federal prison on Tuesday, a prison official said, one day after Jackson’s spokeswoman said he had reported to the facility in North Carolina.
Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., was convicted of misusing campaign funds. He was due to report to prison no earlier than Friday, November 1, according to a judge’s order.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Most American libertarians do not consider themselves part of the conservative Tea Party movement despite a public perception that the two political groups are linked, according to a national survey released on Tuesday.
Libertarians, who generally support maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of government, differ sharply with the Tea Party and religious conservatives on issues such as abortion and decriminalization of marijuana, according to the survey by the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute.
CHICAGO, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A gay couple filed a human
rights complaint on Monday against a Chicago-area taxi company
because a driver told them to leave his cab after they kissed in
the back seat.
The couple, Matthew McCrea, 30, of Chicago, and Steven
White, 29, of West Hollywood, California, say they had exchanged
a brief kiss in the back of a Sun Taxi cab when the driver
pulled over on a busy expressway on a rainy night and told them
to get out.
(Reuters) – Six Ohio Republican lawmakers have filed a lawsuit to challenge Governor John Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.
An Ohio legislative panel voted in favor of the expansion on Monday at Kasich’s request.