Archbishop Robert Carlson http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Hundreds rally against contraception mandate at Mo. Capitol http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hundreds-rally-against-contraception-mandate-mo-capitol <p>Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the <a href="http://www.healthcare.gov/law/index.html">2010 Affordable Care Act </a>and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control.</p><p>Several hundred people attended the rally held at the State Capitol, led by several religious leaders.&nbsp; Maggie Karner with the<a href="http://www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=190"> Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod </a>told the crowd that President Obama&rsquo;s birth control mandate is an attack on religious freedom.</p><p>&ldquo;This debate is simply about us being forced to pay for products and services that are contrary to our religious beliefs, and we cannot be expected to check our faith at the door,&quot; Karner said. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:32:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3363 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hundreds rally against contraception mandate at Mo. Capitol Archbishop asks Catholic schools to give more http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/archbishop-asks-catholic-schools-give-more <p>St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson says some schools in the archdiocese will have to close in the years ahead to sustain Missouri&#39;s oldest and largest school system.</p><p>&quot;I just think it&#39;s inevitable when you look at the number of children families are having,&quot; he said.</p><p>The Archbishop said school consolidations are also likely to play a bigger part in addressing shrinking enrollment and tuition revenue, as when three south county elementary schools consolidated last year to create Holy Cross Academy.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 02:11:34 +0000 Joseph Leahy 2998 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Archbishop asks Catholic schools to give more