So by November, when nearly 200 Catholic leaders — including Spokane's bishop, Thomas Daly, and his predecessor, Blase Cupich — gathered for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the pressure to directly address the scandals was intense.,But to conservative and traditionalist Catholics, Cupich is a villain, and it's Bishop Daly — who recently told abortion-defending politicians they shouldn't take Communion — who represents what the church should be.,He recalls a nun telling him that some in the Catholic Church may be fearful of gay people, but here, in the Spokane diocese, he didn't have to worry.,Yes, the Catholic Church was opposed to abortion in all circumstances, but in this "toxic and polarizing" political environment, Cupich argued that decisions were made around the "kitchen table" rather than outside of clinics.,Sporting a Martin Sheen haircut and a pectoral cross hanging from his neck, Bishop Thomas Daly speaks with a pressing enthusiasm as he flits between pop culture jokes, impassioned laments on the state of the church, and miniature dissertations on Catholic history.

Go Wild in the Park, Little Beaver Creek Watershed Coordinator Joshua Emanuelson to speak about backyard water, 6:30 p.m., Salem Public Library Quaker Room; register at salem.lib.oh.us, the library at 330-332-0042 or Amber at 330-271-8913; free and open to public.,“Suessical: The Musical,” presented by the South Range High School Drama Team, 7 p.m., South Range Performing Arts Center; $10 adults, $8 students and senior citizens.,“Suessical: The Musical,” presented by the South Range High School Drama Team, 7 p.m., South Range Performing Arts Center; $10 adults, $8 students and senior citizens.,Pasta bake dinner, 4-7 p.m., Good Hope Lutheran Church, 12030 Market St.; carryouts available; $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12; 330-549-2406.,“Suessical: The Musical,” presented by the South Range High School Drama Team, 2 p.m., South Range Performing Arts Center; $10 adults, $8 students and senior citizens.

Stoutsville: Alexis Butterbaugh Lancaster: Colten Clark Millersport: Patricia Alley Carroll: Chandler Minnard Fairfield County Foundation The Fairfield County Foundation welcomed four new members to its Board of Trustees: Lynn Barboza, Eileen Competti, Suzanne Lang and Joshua Moore.,Lang is president of the Friends of Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis, a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairfield County and has served as a member of the Central Ohio Estate Planning Council in Lancaster since 2016

Moore has a bachelor of science in sports management from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University.,Moore is a member of The Ohio Association for Collegiate Admissions Counselors (OACAC), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the Fairfield County College Board (FCCB).,Over 20 LU FFA members were there and met with other FFA members from schools in Fairfield County.,County and District Parliamentary Procedure CDE LU FFA members took place in this contest by running a business meeting smoothly under Robert's Rules of Order. read more

Public breakfast buffet, 7:30-10 a.m., Masonic Building, 788 E. State St.; $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10, free for children under 2; pancakes, waffles, ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, homemade sausage gravy, biscuits, homefries, toast, fruit cocktail, orange juice, coffee, tea; elevator available.,Chicken parmesan dinner, 5-7 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church; $10 adults, $5 children 10 and under; tickets available at door or at 330-921-8744; proceeds go toward St. Patrick Food Pantry.,Salem Community Pantry, 794 E. Third St.; open 4-7 p.m.; bring photo ID and proof of address.,Chicken parmesan and pasta dinner fundraiser, 5-7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Church; $10 per adult, $5 for ages 10 and under; carryouts available; reservations, 330-921-8744.,Salem Community Pantry, 794 E. Third St.; open 4-7 p.m.; bring photo ID and proof of address.

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REDDING, CT — Christine E. Hansen (nee Daniels), 48, of Redding, passed away on December 3, 2018 at Danbury Regional Hospice after a 5 year battle with breast cancer.,She also served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Redding.,Christine is survived by her devoted husband Tom, as well as her pride and joy, son Connor of Redding, son Matthew and daughter-in-law Laura of Fort Sill, OK, daughter Kristyn of New Haven, her beloved dog Kirby, mother Diana Daniels of Redding, brother Greg Daniels of Fairfield, father and mother-in-law Robert and Nancy Hansen of Bethel, brother-in-law Robert Hansen, Jr. and sister-in-law Brenda of Shelton, maternal grandmother Elizabeth Daniels of Sherman, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.,A Memorial Mass for relatives and close friends will be held at St. Patrick Church in Redding on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.,To offer online condolences to Christine's family, please visit www.boutonfuneralhome.com.

PHILADELPHIA — Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found.,Nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders have publicly identified child-molesting priests in the wake of the Pennsylvania report issued in mid-August, and 55 more have announced plans to do the same over the next few months, the AP found.,In mid-December, she issued a blistering preliminary report saying a review of church files showed dioceses in Illinois had withheld the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children.,The Pennsylvania investigation , led by Shapiro, identified nearly 300 “predator priests” dating back seven decades and accused church leaders of covering up for the abuses, in some cases by returning priests to duty after short stays in treatment centers or reassigning them.,In the 16 years between the Boston scandal and the Pennsylvania investigation, only about 30 dioceses around the country had released lists of priests they deemed credibly accused of abuse.

COLUMBUS — An investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by an Ohio State team doctor, the death of a 16-year-old boy while trapped in his family minivan, and a mass shooting at a Cincinnati bank are among the top stories in 2018 as selected by The Associated Press.,After an investigation was opened on April 5, scores of former athletes and other men came forward to accuse now-deceased Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss of sexual misconduct against students throughout his two decades there.,Meyer returned to coaching after the suspension and led Ohio State to an 11-1 record, then announced on Dec. 5 he would step down from coaching, citing debilitating headaches caused by a cyst on his brain.,The scourge of mass shootings across the nation hit Ohio on Sept. 6, when a 29-year-old man walked into Cincinnati’s downtown Fifth Third Bank building and opened fire .,Authorities arrested a family of four Nov. 13 in the gruesome 2016 slayings of eight people from another family in rural Ohio, a crime that prosecutors suggested stemmed from a custody dispute.

Details: Every Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Durham Lions Club Scout Center, 1850 Hillandale Road, Durham, bit.ly/2xwzseC, [email protected], 919-451 7203.,Hillsborough Kiwanis Club

Various speakers, supporting local Terrific Kids Programs, Key Clubs, High School Scholarships and other charitable contributions.,Details: Every first and third Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. Bob Evans Restaurant, 5419 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham.,Details: Every second and fourth Tuesday, 1 p.m. Parizade, Erwin Square, 2200 W. Main St., Durham.,Southwest Durham Rotary Club read more