US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

U.S. Catholic bishops have overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The 168-55 vote was announced near the end of a three-day meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that was…

St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Her husband, Mark McCloskey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750. The couple also…

New Missouri law limits length of public health restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a new law that will limit public health restrictions imposed by local governments. The law takes effect immediately, but most Missouri cities and counties already ended their coronavirus restrictions on businesses and public gatherings. Parson says the law signed Tuesday will primarily affect future…