By BETSY TAYLOR
NEW ORLEANS — StoryCorps' founder Dave Isay sees an intersection between the work of the Catholic health care ministry and that of his well-known nonprofit that encourages two people to sit down together and record an interview. Sharing stories allows for bridges of care and understanding to be built between people, he said.
By JULIE MINDA
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 5 that pension plans covering employees of faith-based hospitals and other religious organizations can qualify for "church plan" exemption from federal pension regulations including for plan funding, disclosures and reporting.
The unanimous decision is consistent with 30-plus years of determinations by the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation with respect to "church plan" language set out in the U.S. Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and expanded in a 1980 amendment.
The Supreme Court case, Advocate Health Care Network et al. v. Stapleton et al. was decided together with cases involving ministry members Saint Peter's Healthcare System and Dignity Health.