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Priest charged with stealing $830,000 from retired priests

Dec. 01, 2022 19:47 PM EST

DEWITT, Mich. (AP) — A Catholic priest is accused of stealing more than $800,000 from three retired priests in the Lansing Diocese. The Rev. David Rosenberg was arraigned Thursday on embezzlement charges and other crimes in Clinton County, north of Lansing, the attorney general's...

Paul Swain, former bishop of Sioux Falls Diocese, dies at 79

Nov. 28, 2022 16:38 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Bishop Emeritus Paul Swain, who gained a reputation as a humble, prayerful leader when he was oversaw the Diocese of Sioux Falls for 14 years, has died. Swain died Saturday at Avera Dougherty Hospice, according to an obituary from Miller Funeral Home. He...

Grand jury indicts deputies in shooting death of young man

Nov. 24, 2022 01:04 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — A grand jury has indicted two Colorado sheriff's deputies in the death of a 22-year-old man who was shot after calling 911 for roadside assistance while experiencing what his mother described as a mental health crisis, according to online court records. The...

Superior diocese publishes list of credibly accused clergy

Nov. 23, 2022 10:55 AM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Superior published names late Tuesday of almost two dozen clergy that it says have had credible claims of sexually abusing minors made against them. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that many of the allegations date back 30 years or more....

Japan's prime minister sacks 3rd minister in a month

Nov. 20, 2022 22:22 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The internal affairs minister in Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government was forced into resigning over funding problems on Sunday, in a blow to the scandal-prone Cabinet that has already lost two ministers in one month. Minoru Terada has been under fire...

Accused Albany bishop asks to be removed from priesthood

Nov. 19, 2022 02:18 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The retired bishop of Albany, New York, who has admitted to covering up for predator priests and has himself been accused of sexual abuse, has asked Pope Francis to remove him from the priesthood. Emeritus Bishop Howard Hubbard, 84, announced the decision in a...

Vatican urges German Catholic Church to put brakes on reform

Nov. 18, 2022 17:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Top Vatican cardinals tried to put the brakes on the German Catholic Church’s controversial reform process Friday, fearing proposals concerning gays, women and sexual morals will split the church and insisting they would be better debated later. The Vatican and the...

Missouri summer camp operators sued over abuse settlement

Nov. 18, 2022 16:34 PM EST

A Tennessee man filed a lawsuit Friday claiming that operators of the Kanakuk Camps in Branson, Missouri, lied to him and his parents while persuading them to sign a settlement over sexual abuse by a camp counselor. Logan Yandell, 27, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, and his parents...

Maryland probe finds 158 abusive priests, over 600 victims

Nov. 17, 2022 21:30 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An investigation by Maryland's attorney general identified 158 Roman Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Baltimore who have been accused of sexually and physically abusing more than 600 victims over the past 80 years, according to court records filed Thursday. ...

Antisemitic graffiti in DC suburb seen as part of a trend

Nov. 17, 2022 15:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The discovery this week of violently antisemitic graffiti along a popular Maryland walking trail is just the latest in a rising tide of anti-Jewish vandalism and activity dating back a decade, according to local Jewish leaders. On Monday, graffiti was found along...