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Atlanta archbishop to restrict weapons in Catholic institutions

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta pledged to restrict the presence of guns in Catholic institutions in response to a new Georgia law that would allow licensed gun owners to carry arms into schools, churches and other locales.

Set to take effect July 1, the law was opposed by the Georgia Catholic Conference.

Writing in his column in the May 1 issue of the Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Atlanta archdiocese, the archbishop said he regrets the enactment of the new law "more than I can possibly express."

Obamacare religious exemption hard to get

Nestled in the fine print of the Affordable Care Act is a clause that allows people of certain religions to seek an exemption from the requirement to carry health insurance or pay a fine.

The clause applies only to denominations that run their own "mutual aid" system of spreading the cost of health care across the community.

That's how the Amish -- and to a lesser extent, Mennonites -- traditionally handled health expenses.

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