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Christ is coming!

Christ is coming!

The Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ arrives in local theaters next week, but numerous local congregations have already received advance DVDs promoting the film. As appears to be the case nationally, the DVD mailings here have stirred debate as to whether Jews killed Jesus, with sporadic arguments in various venues, including Teddy Bart’s Roundtable radio show. With so many conservative denominations here, the volume of the discussion will only get louder.

Governor leaps in Tenn Care mudpit

Former health care entrepreneur (and now governor) Phil Bredesen was expected to propose a share-the-pain approach in a speech Tuesday night outlining proposed reforms to TennCare, the state’s insurance program for the needy and uninsurable. At its current rate of growth, TennCare would consume over one in three state dollars by 2008. The governor has said he would prefer to reduce benefits than drop people from the program. Bringing benefits in line with other states and cutting prescription costs are two ideas.

Catholic Diocese releases abuse figures

The Catholic Church’s Diocese of Nashville reveals that of 378 ordained clerics working in the church here from 1950 to 2002, seven apparently sexually abused minors. The church has paid out more than $200,000 for counseling and other assistance to victims. These and other figures are included in the soon-to-be- released report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which has been conducting a national study of the issue.

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