German Catholics to bless gay unions despite Vatican ban

BERLIN — Germany’s powerful Catholic progressives are openly defying a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions by offering such blessings at services in about 100 different churches all over the country this week.The blessings at open worship services are the latest pushback from German Catholics against a document released in March…

Who’s in charge here? Colonial Pipeline hack exposes huge holes in U.S. cyber defenses, say experts

WASHINGTON — The successful hack of America’s largest gas pipeline has exposed gaping holes in U.S. cyber defenses, experts say.The weaknesses have been known for years: Eighty-five percent of American critical infrastructure is owned by private companies, and few regulations govern how those companies must protect their computer networks. Criminal hackers like the ones the…