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US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

Jul. 22, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the churches that operated many of them. ...

US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

Jul. 22, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the churches that operated many of them. ...

Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

Jul. 22, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy. With few U.S. restrictions on what companies...

New Hampshire bishop accused of abusing teenage boy

Jul. 22, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

A lawsuit filed earlier this month accuses the head of the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire of committing sexual abuse decades ago while he served as a priest in New York. In a lawsuit filed July 14 in state Supreme Court in Suffolk County, Bishop Peter Libasci of...

Richmond diocese adds 4 to clergy sex abuse allegation list

Jul. 21, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has added four more names to a list of clergy members with “credible and substantiated" allegations of sexual abuse against a minor. The dioceses announced the additions last week, noting that allegations date back...

Justices deal blow to outdated claims of child sexual abuse

Jul. 21, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court on Wednesday dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse, throwing out a lawsuit by a woman whose lower court legal victory had given hope to others with similarly outdated claims who'd sued in the wake of a landmark report that documented...

Grueling itinerary set for pope's first post-surgery trip

Jul. 21, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Wednesday announced a grueling itinerary for Pope Francis’ first post-surgery foreign trip, scheduling around-the-clock encounters and hopscotching flights for his Sept. 12-15 visit to Hungary and Slovakia. Francis, 84, had already confessed...

US Catholic official resigns over 'improper behavior' claim

Jul. 20, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Citing allegations of “possible improper behavior,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday announced the resignation of its top administrative official, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, ahead of a media report that probed his private romantic life. ...

Anti-abortion group protests Catholic school hosting Biden

Jul. 20, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio anti-abortion group is protesting a local Catholic university's involvement in an upcoming visit by Democratic President Joe Biden. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati urged members of the public Tuesday...

Seattle bishop replacing retiring Catholic bishop in Reno

Jul. 20, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of retiring Catholic Bishop Randolph R. Calvo of Reno and named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel H. Mueggenborg of Seattle as his successor. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States,...