Health & Spirit

Advocates applaud widening Pennsylvania probe into church abuse

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PITTSBURGH -- In compelling Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses to turn over as much as 70 years' worth of records on sexually abusive priests, the state attorney general's office is mounting what would be the most wide-ranging criminal investigation ever into the scandal in the United States.

And if history is any guide -- in particular, ...Read more

Young Jewish adults in Seattle find a home and community at Moishe House

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SEATTLE -- When Raphael Ginsburg, 23, moved to Seattle in January, he knew only one person in the city. Eight months later, he feels like he's part of the Seattle community, thanks to Moishe House.

Knowing there were other young Jewish professionals here who shared his experiences helped make his transition easier.

"That was a big deal, having...Read more

It's no quiet life for Scientology leader's father

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LOS ANGELES -- After leaving the Church of Scientology and its secretive international base in the desert, Ronald Miscavige Sr. settled into small-town life in Wisconsin, his 40-year ties to the religion cut once and for all.

Or so he thought, as he spent his time hawking exercise equipment online and playing trumpet with Dixieland bands in the...Read more

In Kolkata, a renewed debate over Mother Teresa's legacy

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KOLKATA, India -- Few people are as closely identified with a city as Mother Teresa is with Kolkata, the onetime colonial Indian capital where the Albanian nun garnered worldwide admiration for her work with the poor, infirm and outcast.

As the Catholic Church prepares to canonize her as a saint, the city formerly known as Calcutta is poised ...Read more

Gay pastor will leave her post at Kansas church

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On a cold Sunday in January, Cynthia Meyer, pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, came out to her congregation.

She did so with hope that change regarding the denomination's stance on homosexuality was coming. But eight months later, that hope, for now at least, is gone. And after the end of August, Meyer will be gone ...Read more

Judge sets May 1 for retrial of Monsignor William Lynn in clergy sex abuse case

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PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia judge has set May 1 for the retrial of Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first Catholic Church official in the nation to be convicted over his supervision of priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Lynn, 65, who was released from state prison Tuesday on $250,000 bail, said nothing during the brief hearing ...Read more

For Catholic women, announcement of panel to study female deacons could open up opportunities

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BALTIMORE -- Barbara Anderson is hopeful that a new commission appointed by Pope Francis to study women deacons could open up new opportunities for females in the Catholic Church.

But more important, she says, is the new perspective that ordained women could bring to the church.

"It's exciting that he has decided to explore what Scripture and ...Read more

Monsignor William Lynn freed on bail until retrial in church sex abuse case

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PHILADELPHIA -- After almost three years in prison for a conviction that has been reversed, Monsignor William J. Lynn went free Tuesday on $250,000 bail pending a new trial over his handling of Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Officials at the state prison in Waymart in Northeastern Pennsylvania confirmed that Lynn -- ...Read more

Vatican emissary squashed Archbishop Nienstedt investigation, memo says

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ramsey County dropped criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for failing to protect three boys from an abusive priest Wednesday and released documents that disclosed a social connection between that priest and former Archbishop John Nienstedt.

One of the documents is a memo written by an archdiocese ...Read more

Mixed messages at all-female Islamic schools

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KARACHI, Pakistan -- At 22, Wahabba Husain had never worn a headscarf. As she walked into the classroom at Al-Huda, an all-female Pakistani institute for Islamic studies, on a December afternoon in 2014, she felt a pang of worry.

Would the other women judge her immodest? A bad Muslim?

Husain exhaled when she saw many of her classmates had ...Read more

Catholic League president accuses Philly mayor of 'personal war' against church

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PHILADELPHIA -- The head of the Catholic League on Thursday accused Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney of "misusing his public office" to wage a war on the Catholic Church.

Bill Donohue, president of New York-based, conservative anti-discrimination group, was responding to a tweet from Kenney saying Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput's ...Read more

Philly archbishop: No Communion for sexually active gay, unwed or divorced couples

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PHILADELPHIA -- Divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, as well as cohabitating unmarried couples, must "refrain from sexual intimacy" to receive Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has asserted in a new set of pastoral guidelines.

Released Friday, the guidelines instruct clergy and other ...Read more