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Hansen, Hassebrook present opposing views on issues important to Catholics

Voters in Legislative District 16, which includes Washington, Cuming and Burt counties, have a clear choice Nov. 6 when it comes to abortion, immigration, Medicaid expansion and school funding.

But neither candidate for the legislative seat, Ben Hansen nor Chuck Hassebrook, brings a consistent Catholic worldview to that slate of challenges.

Parishioners demand transparency in priest assignments

They should have known the priest assigned to their Omaha parish in 2015 had been accused two years earlier of an unwanted sexual advance against an 18-year-old man.

They should have known the priest, Father Francis Nigli, was sent to a Maryland treatment center for several months in 2013 before being returned to ministry, first in Blair and then in St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha.

Parishioners in Nebraska provide feedback concerning sexual abuse scandals

People from throughout the archdiocese shared their hurts, disappointments and hopes with Archbishop George J. Lucas at two listening sessions concerning the sexual abuse scandals facing the church. 

Sixty-four people attended an Oct. 6 session at St. Leo the Great Parish in Omaha, and 34 attended an Oct. 20 session at Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk.

First-time candidates compete for District 10 seat in Nebraska legislature

High-quality education – and how to pay for it – are key issues in a legislative race in north-central and northwestern Douglas County.

Two newcomers to the campaign trail, Wendy DeBoer and Matt Deaver, are vying for a seat in the Nebraska Legislature currently held by state Sen. Bob Krist, who is vacating the spot due to term limits. Krist, a Democrat, also is running for governor.

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