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Australian Anglican set to be defrocked over abuse inaction

Feb. 19, 2019 2:17 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An assistant bishop is set to become the most senior Anglican in Australia to be defrocked after a church committee on Tuesday found he took no action when he was told a priest had sexually abused a child. Assistant Bishop Richard Appleby has 28 days to appeal a decision by the...

Southern Baptist president says database of abusers possible

Feb. 19, 2019 1:42 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders said on Monday night the possibility is on the table. The denomination already was looking at how it could better respond to abuse...

Oakland, California diocese names 45 accused of sexual abuse

Feb. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Oakland, California, has released the names of 45 priests, deacons and religious brothers who officials say are "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. The San Francisco Chronicle said Monday that Oakland's list goes back to 1962 — when the...

Pfeiffer University president takes job at Delaware school

Feb. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EST

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — The first female president of Pfeiffer University in North Carolina will leave effective May 31 to become the first female president of a Delaware college. Multiple media outlets reported Dr. Colleen Perry Keith will leave Pfeiffer to become president of Goldey-Beacom College, a...

Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poet

Feb. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Pope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal, the Vatican's ambassador to Nicaragua said in a statement Monday. Nuncio Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag said in a statement that Francis removed the canonical censures following a...

Vatican: US prelate accused of abuse not at high court

Feb. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says a Holy See lawyer who appeared on a list of American priests credibly accused of sexual abuse isn't currently at the Catholic church's supreme court, where he holds a top position. Monsignor Joseph Punderson was listed by the diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, last week as...

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

Feb. 18, 2019 11:07 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French judge refused Monday to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal. French director Francois Ozon's film "Grace a Dieu" ("By the Grace of God") won the Berlin Film Festival's jury grand prize on Saturday. The movie, which opens Wednesday,...

Stained glass windows reported stolen from former church

Feb. 18, 2019 10:02 AM EST

BRADDOCK, Pa. (AP) — Police in western Pennsylvania are investigating the theft of 13 stained glass windows from a shuttered church in suburban Pittsburgh. The Mon-Valley Initiative says a passer-by noticed the theft Thursday at the 126-year-old former First United Presbyterian Church in Braddock. The...

Pastor, church members escape Haiti rioting, return to US

Feb. 18, 2019 9:42 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The pastor and five members of a Virginia church are back in the U.S. after finding their way out of Haiti, where rioting had become widespread. The Roanoke Times reported that the six from Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church members left Feb. 8 for a week in Haiti. Their return was...

Church rally draws more than 200 after LGBTQ sign vandalized

Feb. 18, 2019 9:00 AM EST

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore County executive has agreed to meet with a coalition of community activists and people of faith in the next 30 days to discuss further actions after a church sign promoting support for LGBTQ people was vandalized. The Baltimore Sun reports County Executive Johnny Olszewski...