RNS Opening Budget — Thursday, February 13, 2020

NEWS STORY
RNS-Abortion-California: Behind the religious sisters who want California to drop abortion coverage mandate
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The Trump administration on Jan. 24 threatened to cut off some federal funds to California if it didn’t drop a state requirement that private health insurers cover abortion. RNS spoke with a representative of Missionary Guadalupanas, the Catholic sisters who filed a claim with a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights that led to the investigation and notice of violation. By Alejandra Molina. 800 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Reese-Oped: Pope Francis punts on married priests
(RNS) — In his exhortation, “Querida Amazonia” or “Dear Amazon,” responding to the recommendations of the Pan-Amazon synod, Francis appears to have feared splitting the Church over the question of celibacy. By Thomas Reese. 940 words. (category: k)