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Nation’s oldest Catholic newspaper retracts column saying devil may control gays

CONWAY, Mass (Reuters) – The nation’s oldest Roman Catholic newspaper retracted an opinion column that said the devil may be behind gay attraction after the essay was condemned as cruel and wrong by gay rights groups. The weekly paper, the Boston Pilot, which is run by the Archdiocese of Boston,…

Catholic church trains priests to place renewed focus on exorcism

Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding a conference on how to conduct exorcisms. The two-day training, which ends Saturday in Baltimore, is to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed,…