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SJC: Corporal punishment excludes foster parents

SJC: Corporal punishment excludes foster parents

High Court upholds DCF ruling that child welfare trumps religious convictions

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE STATE’S HIGHEST COURT on Monday upheld the Department of Children and Families’ 2013 decision to deny the application of potential foster parents because of their use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline in their home. Gregory Magazu and his wife Melanie had appealed a Superior Court judgment that(...)

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The holy media wars

The Boston Globe built some serious buzz for its soon-to-come Catholic website on Wednesday by unveiling the site’s name (Crux) and by breaking the Eighth Commandment by stealing columnist Margery Eagan away from the Boston Herald. Eagan will become Crux’s “spirituality columnist,” joining an editor, three reporters, and a web producer who have already been(...)

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On a mission from God in East Boston

Another front line has opened up in the battle over an East Boston casino: Multifaith coalitions. Friends of East Boston, a group of neighborhood ministers, announced their campaign against the Suffolk Downs/Caesar Entertainment plan to bring a $1 billion casino to the Suffolk Downs racetrack. Their message: “Because we believe God has something better for(...)

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Holy See change

This ain’t Pope Benedict’s Catholic Church any more. Benedict’s successor, Pope Francis, signaled he intends to take the church in a very different direction on such issues as abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. In a lengthy interview with an Italian Jesuit magazine that was translated into English by the journal America, the pope said he(...)

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Romney’s Etch A Sketch for the home stretch

It was way back in March, about a million Twitter news cycles ago, that Mitt Romney’s man behind the curtain, Eric Fehrnstrom, announced what nearly anyone who has followed Romney’s career could have known: That after securing the Republican nomination based on an awkwardly worded self-appraisal as a “severely conservative” governor of Massachusetts, Romney would(...)

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