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Kaul to launch clergy sex abuse probe

Apr. 22, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul plans to launch an investigation into clergy sexual assault across Wisconsin's five Catholic dioceses, perhaps as early as next week. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that it obtained a...

Mormon sex therapist ousted from faith for critiques

Apr. 22, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sex therapist in Utah who has publicly challenged her faith's policies on sexuality has been kicked out of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following a disciplinary hearing. Natasha Helfer received a letter Wednesday from a...

Pope warns Earth heading for self-destruction without action

Apr. 22, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis warned Thursday that the world is “on a path of self-destruction” if political leaders fail to courageously use the COVID-19 pandemic as a chance to make the planet a fairer and greener place. In a video message released on World Earth Day,...

Authorities believe remains are those of missing Amish teen

Apr. 22, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities strongly believe that remains found a day earlier in a grave along railroad tracks in southern Pennsylvania are those of a young Amish woman who disappeared last summer, a county prosecutor said Thursday. Lancaster County District...

Proposals aim to end Church of England inaction over racism

Apr. 22, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A report aiming to tackle racism in the Church of England has recommended dozens of proposals to end decades of inaction, including the requirement that at least one ethnic minority candidate be included in shortlists for senior clergy roles. The...

Priest removed from parish post after assault allegations

Apr. 21, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The pastor of a Catholic parish has been asked to step aside following allegations he sexually assaulted a minor 36 years ago, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Wednesday. In a letter to members of Christ the King parish, Cardinal Blase Cupich said...

Human remains found in search of missing Amish woman, 18

Apr. 21, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have announced the recovery of human remains during a search related to the disappearance of a young Amish woman in Pennsylvania last summer. The Lancaster County district attorney's office announced Wednesday that the remains were...

Catholic officials halt activity in Haiti for 9 kidnapped

Apr. 21, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Roman Catholic institutions including schools and universities closed Wednesday across Haiti in a three-day protest to demand the release of five priests, two nuns and two other people kidnapped more than a week ago amid a spike in violence that the government...

Lawmakers move closer to letting child sex abuse victims sue

Apr. 21, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, prominent Republican state senators on Wednesday put their support behind legislation in Pennsylvania to change the law to allow now-adult victims of child sexual abuse to sue the perpetrators or institutions that did not prevent it when it...

Court denies former priest's appeal in New Mexico abuse case

Apr. 21, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a former Roman Catholic priest's convictions and 30-year prison sentence in a New Mexico case centered on sexual abuse of an altar boy at a veterans cemetery and military base. A 58-page decision by...