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After court strikes down buffer zone, Massachusetts approves new law

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Attorneys for pro-lifers have decided not to do anything yet about the new buffer zone law around abortion facilities that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed July 30.

But they took issue with the law on various fronts.

"We believe the new buffer zone law is a backdoor attempt to interfere with the constitutional right of free speech in the service of women seeking abortion, whose minds are not made up, women who are looking for the hope, help and love which is Eleanor McCullen's mantra," and that of other sidewalk counselors, said attorney Philip D. Moran.

Church has led way in addressing abuse of minors, says board chairman

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The Catholic church has led the way in addressing the sexual abuse of minors, said the new chairman of the National Review Board.

Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption College in Worcester and a member of the review board for one year, succeeded Al Notzon III as board chairman Sunday at the conclusion of the board's June meeting. Since the board meets four times a year, the first meeting Cesareo will oversee as chairman will be in September.

Criminal charges dismissed in Worcester bishop's drunken-driving case

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Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester said he continues "to ask forgiveness" from the family, friends and "all the good people I serve" since his early May arrest on charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident in Rhode Island.

On Tuesday, criminal charges against him were dismissed after he pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test after the accident May 4.

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