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Bishops object as Catholic universities offer same-sex benefits

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The decision by a Jesuit university in Nebraska to provide benefits to spouses of gay employees has prompted a strong protest from the local archbishop, the latest skirmish in a battle that seems likely to widen as gay marriage becomes more common.

Jesuit Fr. Timothy Lannon, president of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., said the Catholic school would recognize the spouses of gay employees married in states where same-sex marriage is legal. Those spouses would be eligible to join the university's health plan.

Notre Dame football player says he's innocent in sexual battery case

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Former Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo said he is innocent in an alleged sexual battery against Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg, who committed suicide in 2010.

Shembo was not charged for the incident or suspended from school, but addressed the allegations for the first time at the National Football League Scouting Combine Feb. 22 in Indianapolis. Shembo is entering May's NFL draft.

Appeals court denies University of Notre Dame injunction on HHS mandate

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The University of Notre Dame must provide free coverage of contraceptives as required by the federal health care law despite its moral objections to doing so, said a panel of the 7th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in a late Friday ruling that denied the university an injunction against enforcement of the mandate.

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