Jury rules in favor of Fr. Jiang, archdiocese in lawsuit

A jury in Lincoln County took little time April 6 to find in favor of both Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang and the Archdiocese of St. Louis in a civil lawsuit that alleged the priest had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl in 2012. In the trial, the plaintiff sought more than $1 million in compensatory damages. The jury began deliberations just past 1 p.m. and returned the verdict just before 3 p.m.

Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenges MO laws

Cynthia Mendez, center, was one of more than 200 people gathered in front of Planned Parenthood in October for a “Jericho March” held in conjunction with 115 other U.S. cities. In December, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in Missouri challenging some of the state’s abortion regulations.

A lawsuit challenging Missouri abortion regulations is the result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down abortion laws in Texas, but pro-life advocates here say they believe the Missouri laws will be upheld as constitutional.

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri filed the federal lawsuit Nov. 30, asking the court to stop the laws, which require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals and upgrade their facilities to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Similar lawsuits were filed in Alaska and North Carolina.

Diocese asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear case involving confessional seal

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Diocese of Baton Rouge has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Louisiana Supreme Court decision that stated the court may attempt to compel a priest to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in 2008 concerning an abuse case.

The legal step is the latest in a case involving Father Jeffrey Bayhi, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Zachary, Louisiana, and the sanctity of the seal of confession.

FAITHFUL FAN | Last month's lawsuit validates QB Franklin's move

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A story that surfaced in the past two college football seasons involved University of Missouri quarterback James Franklin's recovery from shoulder injuries.

The nimble runner and accurate passer missed games in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Several media reports that delved into the injury also noted a newsworthy and unique angle -- Franklin had chosen not to take numbing pain killers to enable him to return to the playing field sooner than he would have while waiting for his injuries to heal naturally.

Editorial | Word of the Year

It's not a new concept, or a newly created term such as "selfie," the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013. A "selfie" is a term Oxford describes as a photograph taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

The declaration of the Word of the Year was a big sensation, covered extensively on NBC, PBS Newshour, the Guardian of London, Fox News, USA Today, the New York Times and many more media outlets

Archdiocese refiles lawsuit on health care mandate

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis have refiled a lawsuit against the federal government challenging the legality of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on health care insurance coverage the Church finds morally objectionable.

A statement from the archdiocese noted that the lawsuit was filed at this time because the U.S. government's implementation of the HHS mandate is approaching and no acceptable compromise respecting religious liberty has been offered.

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