Judge rules for breakaway church in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (RNS) Wading into tricky church-state territory, a judge has upheld an independent-minded Catholic church's ownership of its property and its right to craft bylaws that limit the authority of the Roman Catholic Church over its governance. By Tim Townsend.

Priest fired over Mass prayers fights to keep his job

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (RNS) A Roman Catholic priest who was fired for altering the words of the Mass is now digging deep into the letter of church law in an effort to regain his post as parish priest. By Tim Townsend.