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U.S. bishop resigns after allowing pedophile priest to flee

Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday accepted the resignation of a US bishop accused of allowing an alleged pedophile priest from hisdiocese to flee to Mexico, as the Vatican takes action on abuses. Bishop Daniel Walsh of the diocese of Santa Rosa in California resigned under an article in Catholic Church law invoking a “grave cause”, which can…

At least 60 migrants kidnapped in Mexico

OAXACA, Mexico (AFP) – Gunmen have kidnapped at least 60 undocumented migrants, including children, who were aboard a freight train in Mexico trying to get to the United States, a shelter director said. Alejandro Solalinde, a priest who heads the Brothers Along the Road hostel, in the southwestern state of…

Liberal U.S. Catholics say the Church isn’t listening

DETROIT (Reuters) – Members of a liberal group of U.S. Roman Catholics on Sunday called on Church leaders to open talks with their members on controversies ranging from the ordination of women to allowing priests to marry. Members of the American Catholic Council, meeting in Detroit, said they had grown…

Episcopal Church: ‘Jack*ss’ ex-NJ governor can’t be a priest

James McGreevey, the former Democratic governor from New Jersey who resigned after admitting he had an affair with another man, won’t be starting a new career as a priest anytime soon. The Episcopal Church has denied the former governor’s request to enter the priesthood, according to The New York Post.…

Clergy sex allegations soar in the US

WASHINGTON – Allegations of sexual abuse involving the Roman Catholic clergy in the United States rose sharply last year to nearly 700 from around 400 in 2009, according to a church report Monday. The vast majority of the allegations, 653, involved alleged abuse that occurred decades ago but whose “victims/survivors…

Progressives launch ad against WI justice who called colleague a ‘bitch’

The Wisconsin Supreme Court justice that recently admitted to calling a female colleague a “bitch” now has another problem. Progressives in the state have launched an ad campaign against Justice David Prosser, suggesting that he’s on the side of child molesters. While District Attorney of Outagamie County in 1979, Prosser…

New York priest sentenced to prison for altar boy rapes

PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts (Reuters) – A New York man convicted of raping two altar boys while he was a Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to spend more than 20 years in prison on Wednesday. Gary Mercure’s “ghastly, incomparable acts” inflicted immeasurable suffering on his victims, said Judge John Agostini in handing…

Baghdad church siege ends with 52 dead

Bloody siege of Baghdad church ends with at least 52 dead, mostly Christians. Iraqi security forces stormed a Baghdad church where militants had taken an entire congregation hostage for four hours, leaving at least 52 people dead, including a priest, Iraqi officials said Monday. It was not immediately clear whether…

37 Christians killed in Iraq church hostage drama

Security forces storm Catholic church to free dozens of worshipers from bomb-laden gunmen; At least 37 people killed. BAGHDAD (AFP) – Thirty-seven Christians and seven security force members were killed when US and Iraqi forces stormed a Baghdad cathedral to free dozens of hostages, an official said Monday, as an…

Documents reveal Catholic Diocese in San Diego covered up for pedophile priests

Newly released documents show the Diocese of San Diego long knew about abusive priests, some of whom were shuffled from parish to parish despite credible complaints against them. Attorneys for 144 people claiming sex abuse made the papers public Sunday, after a retired San Diego Superior Court judge ruled last…

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