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Pope retains German archbishop criticized over abuse scandal

Sep. 24, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has decided to leave in office a prominent German archbishop who faced criticism for his handling of the church's sexual abuse scandal, but the pontiff also gave the cleric a “spiritual timeout” of several months after he made “major errors" of...

Boy Scouts' bankruptcy creates rift with religious partners

Sep. 23, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid the Boy Scouts of America’s complex bankruptcy case, there is worsening friction between the BSA and the major religious groups that help it run thousands of scout units. At issue: the churches’ fears that an eventual settlement — while protecting the BSA from...

Top Southern Baptist committee funds sex abuse probe

Sep. 22, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention committee agreed Tuesday to fund a third-party investigation into its handling of sexual abuse allegations but held off on waiving its attorney-client privilege for the probe, delaying for the future a decision seen as a key...

Convicted Kentucky priest set to be released from prison

Sep. 21, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic priest in Kentucky is set to be released from prison after serving nearly four years for sexual abuse that happened in the 1970s. R. Joseph Hemmerle testified at his 2016 trial in Meade County that he would sometimes apply calamine...

Judge begins key hearing on Boy Scouts bankruptcy plan

Sep. 21, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Tuesday began a key hearing that could determine whether the Boy Scouts of America can emerge from bankruptcy later this year with a reorganization plan that would compensate thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as children. ...

Northern Virginia imam charged with indecent liberties

Sep. 21, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — The imam at a northern Virginia mosque has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl who had sought his help. Fairfax County police said Tuesday that the 36-year-old imam, a Maryland resident, served as imam for the last nine years at the...

Ex-Omaha Archdiocese chancellor accused of stealing $275K

Sep. 21, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former chancellor for the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Omaha is under criminal investigation after being accused of stealing a total of $275,000 from a former priest accused of sexual abuse and from a Springfield parish. The Rev....

German cleric defends pope's decision to keep archbishop

Sep. 20, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German Bishops’ Conference on Monday defended the pope’s decision to allow the archbishop of Hamburg to stay on at this post, despite being faulted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations. Limburg Bishop...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 20, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Sept. 16, 2021. Editorial: Gov. Abbott, please recognize International Underground Railroad Month September is International Underground Railroad Month. Gov. Greg Abbott should recognize it with an official proclamation. ...

Probe of Southern Baptist sex abuse response moves forward

Sep. 19, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The Rev. Marshall Blalock feels the weight of his new responsibility. The South Carolina pastor serves as vice chair of a recently formed Southern Baptist Convention task force charged with overseeing an investigation into how a top...