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  • FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings

    FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings

    FEMA grants are available to religiously affiliated schools, health care providers and nursing homes. And FEMA also can provide money to repair church-run facilities that function like community centers, but only if less than half the space or use is for religious purposes. Now the federal disaster agency is rethinking its policy after religious organizations sued, saying they are being discriminated against based solely on their faith.

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  • Federal judge strikes down housing allowance for clergy

    Federal judge strikes down housing allowance for clergy

    A housing benefit that saves clergy $800 million a year in taxes has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Under the law, housing allowances paid as part of clergy salary can be subtracted from their taxable income. Religious freedom advocates fear the ruling could force many churches in poor areas to close.

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  • Catholic leaders trying to correct sins of Poland’s leaders

    Catholic leaders trying to correct sins of Poland’s leaders

    Poland’s Law and Justice party came to power in 2015 thanks in part to the support of the Catholic Church. Parish priests in small towns and villages used their sermons to help the party in its campaign by praising the values it advocated. Now the bishops are questioning some of the government’s policies, especially its view towards immigrants and a proposed overhaul of the judicial system.

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