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Artist Gilbert Baker, designer of the Rainbow Flag, holds a "Boycott Homophobia" banner before the start of the St. Patrick's Day parade in March. Three Irish gay groups are applying to be in the parade after a gay broadcast-employees group was approved. (Associated Press)

Catholic League exits N.Y. St. Patrick's parade over gay group

By Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times

The leader of the Catholic League said Thursday his group will not march in the 2015 St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City, due to a broken promise involving other marchers. Published September 11, 2014

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High court to consider another crack at gay marriage

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court Wednesday gave the clearest signal yet it is ready to wade once again into the legal war over gay marriage, formally adding a slew of gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.

Bishop Duane Pederson of Rice Lake, Wisc. joins more than 1,000 other voting members in a song during the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America assembly on Wednesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Survey: Congregations more accepting of gays

- Associated Press

Overall acceptance of gays and lesbians in American religious congregations rose significantly between 2006 and 2012, but it declined in Catholic congregations, according to a new survey.

Pope Francis kisses a baby at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Francis: Love doesn't care if you're ugly or beautiful

- Catholic News Agency

In his homily at Tuesday's Mass, Pope Francis spoke about the love of Christ for his Church, noting how in the Gospel he prayed for his disciples, chose them personally, and remained close to each.

In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Debbie Jurcak, left, sits at lunch with two of her children, Dakota, center, 16, and Ella, 4, at the family apartment in Aurora, Ill. Jurcak, 43, was among many Americans who lost unemployment benefits in late December. On the verge of eviction, she and her husband sought the help of faith-based organizations to help them pay rent. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

Reports on cost of raising children discourage potential parents

- Deseret News

Here we go again. Yet another report has been circulating recently that claims it costs a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child to age 18. And this, the report ominously warns, does not even count the crushing cost of college!

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Rebecca Hagelin (Courtesy of

HAGELIN: Being the parent — then and now

Culture challenge of the week: Parent or friend? As my daughter Kristin and I recently browsed through my last book, "30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family," we came across a chapter titled "Vow to Be the Parent (Not Your Child's Best Friend)."