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Pope gives West Virginia diocese new leader after scandal

Jul. 23, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston diocese in West Virginia on Tuesday following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. The 72-year-old Brennan replaces Bishop Michael...

The Latest: Vatican names new leader of W. Virginia diocese

Jul. 23, 2019 6:08 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the leadership changes at West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese (all times local): 6:10 a.m. Pope Francis has named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia diocese following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual...

Deceased Knoxville priest, bishop accused of sexual abuse

Jul. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has sued the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, claiming he was sexually abused by a priest and bishop while serving as an altar boy in the 1990s. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Michael Boyd filed the suit in Knox County on Thursday. It claims Boyd was abused by...

Ex-judge investigates abuse allegations against late bishop

Jul. 22, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts has brought in a retired judge to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against a former bishop. The Diocese of Springfield announced Monday that retired Superior Court Judge Peter Velis will investigate allegations of misconduct...

Saginaw diocese adds priests accused of abuse to website

Jul. 22, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The Roman Catholic diocese in Saginaw has added names of priests credibly accused of abusing minors to its website. The Diocese of Saginaw says The Capuchin Order provided names of eight priests, five of whom are dead, involved in ministry, but the allegations didn't arise in the...

House fire devours Baptist church in Savannah, Georgia

Jul. 22, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A house fire spread to a house of worship next door, all but destroying the First Metropolitan Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia. Savannah Fire Rescue firefighters responding to a two-story house fire late Sunday found the flames had already spread to the First Metropolitan Baptist...

Wisconsin abbey names 22 priests accused of sexual abuse

Jul. 21, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) — St. Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin has released the names of 22 priests who faced "credible" allegations of sexually abusing minors. The abbey says an independent review deemed more than 40 allegations credible. About half came from the 1960s, and 12 Norbertine priests faced multiple...

Former Cochise County jail chaplain loses bid to move trial

Jul. 20, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — A former Cochise County jail chaplain has lost his bid to have his upcoming trial on charges accusing him of sexually assaulting female inmates conducted outside the county. Herald/Review Media reported that Superior Court Judge Laura Cardinal denied the motion but said she would...

Mother convicted of deaths of 2 girls found on Colorado farm

Jul. 19, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A jury in southwest Colorado has convicted a mother of two girls who died after they were banished to a car without food or water by members of a doomsday religious group because the girls were thought to have been impure. Nashika Bramble was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of...

Former West Virginia bishop disciplined by pope

Jul. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis has issued disciplinary action against a former West Virginia bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said Friday. The diocese posted the pope's decision on its website, saying former bishop Michael Bransfield can't live within the diocese, can't...