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Jurors side with diocese in pregnant Missouri teacher's suit

Sep. 19, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jurors ruled against a teacher who alleged that she was fired from a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, because she was pregnant, unmarried and refused to have an abortion. After eight hours of deliberation, the jurors sided Wednesday with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas...

Catholic bishops ask Parson to halt upcoming execution

Sep. 19, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's four Catholic bishops are asking Gov. Mike Parson to spare the life of a convicted killer whose execution is approaching. Russell Bucklew faces execution Oct. 1 for killing Michael Sanders in Cape Girardeau County in 1996. The Southeast Missourian reports that the...

Illinois opens 24 new investigations of alleged clergy abuse

Sep. 18, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has opened 24 new investigations into alleged misconduct by Catholic priests amid concerns that cases turned over by the Archdiocese of Chicago weren't properly reviewed. The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday that the archdiocese...

Lawyer: Chicago archdiocese paid $80M to clients of law firm

Sep. 17, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million to 160 victims of sexual abuse by clergy represented by a single law firm since 2001, the lawyer who heads the Minnesota-based firm told reporters Tuesday. According to a statement issued later by the archdiocese, it has paid...

Vatican seeks trial for seminarian accused of sex abuse

Sep. 17, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican's criminal prosecutor is seeking to indict a one-time seminarian accused of sexually abusing younger seminarians who lived inside the Vatican and served as altar boys at papal Masses in St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican said Tuesday an indictment was also being sought for the former...

Biden's abortion shift tests the politics of his faith

Sep. 17, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was one of the first stress tests of Joe Biden's presidential campaign: A sudden reversal of his decades-long support for restricting federal funding of abortions. The move seemed sure to hurt the former vice president with Catholics, particularly those in the Midwest, whose support...

Biden's abortion shift tests the politics of his faith

Sep. 17, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was one of the first stress tests of Joe Biden's presidential campaign: A sudden reversal of his decades-long support for restricting federal funding of abortions. The move seemed sure to hurt the former vice president with Catholics, particularly those in the Midwest, whose support...

Biden's abortion shift tests the politics of his faith

Sep. 17, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

Joe Biden has so far faced little criticism over reversing his decades-long support for restricting federal funding of abortions — a sign that Catholic Democrats' political calculus may be changing as the 2020 election approaches. Biden's change on abortion funding appeared to imperil the former vice...

Most senior Catholic pedophile appeals Australia convictions

Sep. 17, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children lodged an appeal in Australia's highest court on Tuesday against his convictions in the molestation of two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. The High Court registry confirmed that Cardinal...

Bishop: $1.2M from sale will go to help sex abuse victims

Sep. 15, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say $1.2 million from the sale of the diocesan home of former West Virginia Catholic Bishop Michael J. Bransfield will go to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia. The Intelligencer reports Bishop Mark E. Brennan released the information in a letter Friday to...