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Boston archdiocese expands review of seminary abuse claims

Oct. 11, 2018 3:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is expanding an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations at one of its seminaries to all three and bringing in independent investigators. Cardinal Sean O'Malley announced Thursday he is expanding the review to meet "the generally expected...

Father, daughter both baptized at Virginia jail

Oct. 6, 2018 9:01 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The lock on the thick metal door buzzed open and Brittany Hunsinger strode quickly across the classroom to hug her father in a long, tearful embrace, both wearing jail-issued jumpsuits and flanked by guards. Separated by life, law and jail walls, the father and daughter who both...

Greek theologians seek school book boycott

Oct. 3, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An association of theologians in Greece is urging school teachers not to use new books in religious studies classes, arguing that too much emphasis is placed on other faiths in the predominantly Orthodox Christian country. The association's chairman, Iraklis Rerakis, on Wednesday said...

Afghan council seeks Pakistani cleric's help to end war

Oct. 2, 2018 4:10 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A prominent Pakistani cleric says an Afghan delegation has asked him to mediate between the Kabul government and the Taliban to help resolve the 17-year-long war in Afghanistan. Maulana Samiul Haq runs a religious school, the Haqqania seminary in the town of Akora Khattak in...

Archbishop: Maryland AG investigating records in abuse probe

Sep. 24, 2018 8:05 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's attorney general is delving into records of the Baltimore archdiocese as part of an investigation into child sex abuse, the latest U.S. state seeking confidential church files since a Pennsylvania grand jury released an explosive report alleging widespread abuse and a cover-up...

Letter confirms Vatican received McCarrick complaint in 2000

Sep. 8, 2018 1:46 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic News...

Apartment complex threatens eviction over Bible studies

Sep. 1, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A battle is brewing at a Virginia apartment complex over a semi-retired pastor's Bible studies. The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg reported Friday that the complex's owner has threated to evict Kenneth Hauge if he continues hosting the Bible studies. The 86-year-old is...

Lawsuit: Worker fired for refusing to attend Bible study

Aug. 30, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has filed an $800,000 lawsuit against a construction company, claiming the owner fired him after he refused to attend Bible study. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Ryan Coleman's lawsuit was filed in Linn County Circuit Court last week. It states that after he was hired as a...

Settlement reached in lawsuit over rabbi's hidden cameras

Aug. 28, 2018 12:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women who were secretly videotaped by a once-prominent Orthodox rabbi as they used a Jewish ritual bath would get at least $25,000 each under a proposed $14.25 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit. The settlement involves four religious institutions affiliated with Rabbi Bernard...

Abortion clinics and crisis pregnancy centers differ

Aug. 26, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Liz became pregnant unexpectedly, she turned to Google. After finding a listing for what she thought was an abortion clinic, she scheduled an appointment and made the hour drive from Columbus to Tupelo. She drove to the center with the intent of having an abortion. Once she...