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Armantina Pelaez, a former crisis counselor at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Paterson, N.J., stands in Paterson's Saint Paul's Episcopal Church. In early 2011, St. Mary’s acknowledged the hospital had not put aside any money for their pensions in more than a decade. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

When is a religious entity permitted to dodge the letter of the law with respect to pensions? Most of the time, according to traditional interpretations of those laws.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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