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Pope Benedict has announced that he will soon step down as head of the Roman Catholic Church. He is not the only one who is resigning. There is a category of folks, called "nones" by demographers, who are resigning from the Church itself. Nones are the people who check "none of the above" when asked what religion they affiliate with in surveys like the U.S. Census.
"This is a hard letter to write, and it will be hard for many of you to read," Rev. Julie Harley posted, Dec. 5, on the First United Church in Oak Park website. "On Nov. 19, I learned that I have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.