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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.

U2's Bono Says Pope's "Aghast" about Church Sex Abuse

U2's Bono Says Pope's "Aghast" about Church Sex Abuse

Sep 20
U2 frontman Bono has described Pope Francis as being "aghast" about sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Priest's Plan to Torch Pride Flag Quenched by Archdiocese

Priest's Plan to Torch Pride Flag Quenched by Archdiocese

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 18
A Catholic priest in Chicago had his plans for a Pride flag burning snuffed out by his superiors.

Evangelicals, Growing Force in Brazil, to Impact Elections

Evangelicals, Growing Force in Brazil, to Impact Elections

By Marcelo Silva de Sousa | Sep 15
In a Brazilian presidential election marked by uncertainties, there is little doubt about one thing: Evangelical voters will have a major impact.

Cardinal Meeting with Pope Accused of Ignoring Abuse

Cardinal Meeting with Pope Accused of Ignoring Abuse

By Nomaan Merchant | Sep 12
As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested on sexual abuse charges.

AP Poll: Voters Open to Candidates Who Aren't Very Religious

AP Poll: Voters Open to Candidates Who Aren't Very Religious

By David Crary | Sep 12
Religion's role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs.

Sanctions, Sex Abuse and Silence: A Primer on the Pope Saga

Sanctions, Sex Abuse and Silence: A Primer on the Pope Saga

By Nicole Winfield | Sep 9
Two weeks after Pope Francis' papacy was thrown into crisis by accusations that he covered-up sexual misconduct by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Francis refused to respond, his accuser has changed his story and a host of new characters have emerged.

Catholic Faithful Demand Change After Sex Abuse Scandals

Catholic Faithful Demand Change After Sex Abuse Scandals

By Amy Forliti | Sep 8
The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church and waited for the priest to say something about the situation.

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