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Austrian cardinal okays gay man for parish council

Cardinal says yes to a gay adviser

Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Austria has overruled one of his priests and is allowing a gay Catholic to serve on a parish council. Florian Stangl, 26, was elected to the advisory council, but it was overruled by the priest — a decision initially backed by the archdiocese. But the cardinal changed his mind over the weekend after hosting Stangl and his partner for lunch, declaring Stangl to be "at the right place." Despite his close ties to his onetime professor, Pope Benedict XVI, Schoenborn has voiced an open mind to such taboo issues as priestly celibacy.

Thieves in L.A. get $10M haul

Los Angeles police say burglars who broke into a home stole a safe believed to contain $10 million in cash, jewelry and other items. A police statement Monday said investigators believe crooks jumped a security gate and smashed a glass side door to enter the home in a wealthy neighborhood on March 16. The victim's name was not released.

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