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Catholic League president: Priests aren’t pedophiles, molesting children is ‘what gays do’

In another coup for the seemingly part-time political pundit Bill Donohue, CNN broadcast on Tuesday a conversation about the Catholic church’s thousands of pedophilia scandals that would be awkward to even over-hear in public, let alone broadcast nation-wide. That’s because Donohue, who presides over the Catholic League for Religious and…

US Cardinal protected child abusing priest: document

US Cardinal William Levada, a staunch defender of Pope Benedict XVI in the paedophile priests scandal gripping the Vatican, reassigned a US priest and alleged child molester in the 1990s without warning his parishioners, court documents showed. In a sworn testimony in 2006 about his time as Archbishop of Portland,…

Granny fined $1,500, electronically tagged for selling goldfish to child

LONDON (AFP) – A British grandmother was heavily fined and electronically tagged for selling a goldfish to a child, triggering criticism Wednesday of over-zealous use of animal protection laws. Pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, was fined 1,000 pounds (1,500 dollars, 1,120 euros) also given a dusk-to-dawn curfew for selling…

Insurers agree to fix loophole that would allow them to reject sick kids

If you can’t beat them, join them. After nearly a year battling President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over the health care overhaul, the insurance industry says it won’t block the administration’s efforts to fix a potentially embarrassing glitch in the new law. In a letter to Health and Human…

Ignoring child rape scandals, pope says faith means not being ‘intimidated’ by ‘petty gossip’

Marking the start of the Christian holy week this Palm Sunday at the Vatican, Pope Benedict encouraged followers to keep faith in Christ as a way of strengthening themselves against “intimidation,” even as the pope himself had become accused of protecting priests who, in the words of one recent critic,…

Hitchens: Pope Benedict wants ‘wiggle room’ for ‘rape and torture of children’

The Catholic Church is in serious trouble and may have nowhere to run, depending on who you ask. “I warned them about all of this,” declared author Christopher Hitchens, appearing on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night. “Nothing good can come of a church that has as…

Pope faces fresh claims of child sex abuse cover-up

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Fresh pedophilia cover-up claims hit Pope Benedict XVI late Wednesday as church files suggested he had failed to take action against a US priest accused of molesting up to 200 deaf boys. The documents obtained by The New York Times include correspondence between the accused priest, who…

Pope apologises for priests’ child sex abuse

Pope Benedict XVI apologised Saturday for Irish priests' child sex abuse in a letter with far-reaching implications, but victims said it was not enough to address the growing scandal.…

Vatican struggles against Pope’s connection to child sex scandals

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's House majority leader resigned from the Legislature Saturday, two days after acknowledging he paid a woman $150,000 to keep quiet about a nude hot-tubbing incident that took place a quarter century ago when she was a teenager.…

GOP: Law banning child abuse in schools will lead to ‘government takeover’

A proposed law designed to prevent child abuse in schools has been lauded by children’s protection advocates, and slammed by House Republicans as an unnecessary expansion of federal government power. The House of Representatives last week passed the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which for the first time sets minimum…

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