Lunchtime Links: March 22, 2010

A year-long battle over health care reform ended Sunday when the House passed the legislation.

The battle over health care is poised to move swiftly from Congress back to the country as Democrats, Republicans and a battery of interest groups race to define the legislation and dig in for long-term political and legal fights.

A pastoral letter issued by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday addressed sexual abuse scandals in Ireland, but also came at a time when the Catholic Church is facing expanding charges of abuse in other European countries, including the pope’s native Germany. Addressing the victims of abuse and their families, the pope said: “You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured. Your trust has been betrayed and your dignity has been violated.”

It’s not uncommon for people to go to church on and off at different parts of their lives or to feel as if their faith is wavering or dry at points. But how does that scenario apply differently to pastors? Does a pastor have the obligation to step aside if he or she feels their level of faith is no longer adequate to lead a congregation?

Dancing With the Stars” returns tonight with a new set of celebrities including former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Kate Gosselin and Chad Ochocinco.

The NCAA Tournament is down to the Sweet 16, with Cornell being the first Ivy League team to advance this far in 31 years and Northern Iowa having shocked top seed Kansas.

Tiger Woods took questions from reporters for the first time in four months Sunday, saying “I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life” and that he doesn’t know what kind of reception he’ll get when he returns to competitive golf at the Masters.

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