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Pope Acknowledges Abuse Scandals Outrage, Drive People Away

Pope Acknowledges Abuse Scandals Outrage, Drive People Away

By Nicole Winfield and Jari Tanner | Sep 25
Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church have outraged the faithful and are driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations.

Feds: Priest Blamed Sex Abuse on Cancer He Didn't Have

Feds: Priest Blamed Sex Abuse on Cancer He Didn't Have

By Russell Contreras | Sep 25
A former New Mexico priest, who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse and once blamed his behavior on a cancer diagnosis which prosecutors say he didn't have, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Chicago Archbishop Removes Priest Who Burned Rainbow Banner

Chicago Archbishop Removes Priest Who Burned Rainbow Banner

Sep 24
The archbishop of Chicago has removed a priest as head of a North Side church after he burned a rainbow banner, angering the LGBT community.

Mormons to Stay Outdoors After Split with Boy Scouts

Mormons to Stay Outdoors After Split with Boy Scouts

By Brady McCombs | Sep 24
The Mormon church's new youth program, which will roll out in 2020 when it cuts all ties with Boy Scouts of America, will still include outdoor and adventure activities even as the initiative becomes more gospel-focused, the faith confirmed Friday.

Rivals for Georgia Governor Clash on 'Religious Freedom' Law

Rivals for Georgia Governor Clash on 'Religious Freedom' Law

By Russ Bynum | Sep 24
The rivals campaigning to become Georgia's next governor clashed over whether the state needs a law offering protection for citizens acting on religious belief.

Pope Warns Lithuanians to Guard Against Anti-Semitism

Pope Warns Lithuanians to Guard Against Anti-Semitism

By Nicole Winfield | Sep 23
Pope Francis warned Sunday against any rebirth of the "pernicious" anti-Semitic attitudes that fueled the Holocaust.

Anti-Gay Catholic Priest Defies Archdiocese, Burns Rainbow Flag in 'Exorcism' Rite

Anti-Gay Catholic Priest Defies Archdiocese, Burns Rainbow Flag in 'Exorcism' Rite

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 22
A Chicago priest who was instructed not to proceed with an announced burning of a rainbow flag has gone through with the fiery act of destruction, making it part of a bizarre "exorcism" rite.

Fugitive New Mexico Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse

Fugitive New Mexico Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse

By Mary Hudetz and Russell Contreras | Sep 22
A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday.

Anti-abuse Activists Pan US Catholic Bishops' New Proposals

Anti-abuse Activists Pan US Catholic Bishops' New Proposals

By David Crary | Sep 20
Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year.

Cardinal Hires Judge to Review Church Sex Abuse Policies

Cardinal Hires Judge to Review Church Sex Abuse Policies

Sep 20
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York said Thursday that it has hired a former federal judge to review its procedures and protocols for handling allegations of sexual abuse.

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