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.

A vandal went on a heartless attack outside of a Catholic church in Montclair.,It appears the vandal used a sledgehammer to damage several valuable statues.

Many memories of a childhood as my father’s daughter are as lost to me now as they were to my father before he passed; when you spend your early years on the defense, your only focus is to get through the experience, not delight in the moment.,My father’s outbursts were not discussed but “brushed under the rug,” after which life went on without apologies.,But despite his love for the work, he had to scale back his participation in his last 10 years, and was unable to be involved at all for the last 5 years of his life.,Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, caused by a career doing the thing he loved, robbed my father of his life long before he died.,If we can’t end the game, then let’s at least stand firm to change this gladiator-like sport that calls our sons, brothers, husbands and fathers to sacrifice their lives for our passing entertainment.

Friday’s Results

Arcanum 39, Franklin Monroe 37: Meeks (A) 11; Conley (FM) 12.,Legacy Christian 76, Yellow Springs 30 read more

Cedarville 51, Franklin Monroe 50

Covington Catholic (KY) 67, Wayne 66 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.

Do the Naga Christians have any cultural lineage with the Hindu Kumbh Mela bathing festivals?,In such a time like this one when a staunch Hindu religious party, BJP is ruling India, the invitation of the Naga cultural troupe to Kumbh Mela does not only create a suspicious attitude in the mind of the Christian Nagas but they also feel threaten.,I believe that Naga “Christians” representing in Kumbh Mela as a cultural troupe has opened a door of opportunity for evangelism, if the participants are “intentional “in this aspect.,Officially a Naga contingent of 373 people is going to Kumbh Mela for cultural purposes but they can also be the best representatives for the Kingdom of God if they are convicted by their Christian faith.,In the same way, the rest of the Naga Christians must be on our knees for the 373 Naga cultural team as they go to Kumbh Mela during January 22 to 24, that they may be the best missionary team to the Hindu seekers.

Robert Edward Barton, a journalist for many years with the New Haven Register and former New Haven Journal-Courier and also with The Detroit News, died Jan. 13 at home in Farmington.,He was a walking encyclopedia of Yale football history and of statistics for high school football teams in Connecticut; each year Bob helped update high school statistics for publication.,To assist others who phoned or emailed him sports queries, if he couldn't provide an answer immediately, he would consult his basement collection of clippings, game programs and team statistics or visit newspaper archives at the Connecticut State Library.,Active in the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance, he received its Art McGinley Award for meritorious service and for 12 years was its scholarship chairman.,He was a member of the New Haven Gridiron Club, which honors local high school and college football players, officials and administrators.

Girls Basketball

Thursday’s Results read more

Thursday’s Results

Bethel 41, Ansonia 40 read more