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Lawsuit over amendment shielding some Jewish schools tossed

Jan. 17, 2019 4:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed an advocacy group's lawsuit over a New York state lawmaker's attempt to shield ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools from oversight. U.S. District Judge Leo Glasser ruled late Wednesday that the group Young Advocates for Fair Education, or YAFFED lacks standing to sue...

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Jan. 14, 2019 1:03 PM EST

Women have been elected heads of national governments on six continents. They have flown into space, served in elite combat units and won every category of Nobel Prize. The global #MeToo movement, in 15 months, has toppled a multitude of powerful men linked to sexual misconduct. Yet in most of the world's major...

Vatican: Argentine bishop at Holy See under investigation

Jan. 4, 2019 12:41 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Vatican has confirmed that an Argentine bishop, who resigned suddenly in 2017 for stated health reasons and then landed a top administrative job at the Holy See, is under preliminary investigation after priests accused him of sexual abuse and other misconduct. The case...

US Catholic bishops to pray over clergy sexual abuse scandal

Jan. 2, 2019 8:30 PM EST

MUNDELEIN, Ill. (AP) — U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops gathered Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy. The retreat began a day after The Associated Press reported that...

US Catholic bishops to pray over clergy sexual abuse scandal

Jan. 2, 2019 12:30 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops will gather Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy. The retreat begins a day after The Associated Press reported that the...

Leader of seminary under investigation now to lead cathedral

Dec. 29, 2018 4:14 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The head of a Boston seminary that the Catholic Church is investigating following allegations of misconduct has been tapped to lead a cathedral in Worcester. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester announced Friday that Monsignor James Moroney will become interim rector of the...

Bishops won't discuss clergy abuse report at retreat

Dec. 21, 2018 3:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago says when bishops from around the United States gather in a suburban seminary next month, they won't talk about a state investigation that found Illinois dioceses failed to disclose the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing...

64 maximum-security inmates earn Christian ministry degrees

Dec. 21, 2018 12:20 PM EST

ANGOLA, La. (AP) — Sixty-four inmates of Louisiana's only maximum-security prison have earned bachelor's degrees in Christian ministry from a Baptist seminary. The state Department of Corrections says Leavell College of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Angola has had more than 300 graduates...

Ex-Southern Baptist leader indicted on sexual abuse of teen

Dec. 20, 2018 7:43 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former Southern Baptist official was indicted in Texas on charges related to the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in 1997, when he was a 25-year-old seminary student in Fort Worth. Mark Aderholt, now 47, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury Tuesday on a count of sexual...

Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga's campus

Dec. 17, 2018 12:18 PM EST

On the surface, Father James Poole seemed like the cool priest in Nome, Alaska. He founded a Catholic mission radio station that broadcast his Jesuit sermons alongside contemporary pop hits. A 1978 story in People magazine called Poole "Western Alaska's Hippest DJ . Comin' at Ya with Rock'n'Roll 'n' Religion."...