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Spokane diocese and its former law firm settle malpractice lawsuit


Just a few weeks before starting the legal malpractice trial, the Spokane, Wash., diocese and the diocese's former legal counsel, the Spokane-based Paine Hamblen law firm, agreed to a settlement, according to a joint press release published Friday. The lawsuit brought by the diocese stems from the diocese's 2007 bankruptcy because of priest sexual abuse claims.

The diocese released a brief statement:

The Catholic University of America accepts more money from Charles Koch Foundation


On Thursday, The Catholic University of America's School of Business announced it had accepted a $3 million grant to "bolster the school's goal of advancing the study and practice of principled entrepreneurship."

The Charles Koch Foundation is funding $1.75 million of the grant. 

Marcus Borg didn't just study Scripture; he lived its message


I interview a lot of people -- wonderful people -- for "Interfaith Voices." Many are outstanding scholars and people of deep faith. But sometimes, someone really stands out. That was the way it was with Marcus Borg. Memories of my interviews with him came rushing back when I got the news that he had passed away on Wednesday.

Kathy Kelly, peace activist, starts three-month prison term


Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, planned to turn herself in at the federal prison camp in Lexington, Ky., today to begin serving a three month sentence for her involvement in a protest of drone warfare June 1 at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

Kelly is a long-time peace activist who led delegations to Iraq during the years of sanctions before the 2003 U.S. invasion. She was in Baghdad during the “shock and awe” campaign and spent a summer in Baghdad in neighborhoods  left destitute by the sanctions and warfare.


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