Health & Spirit

Priest accused of attempted rape pleads no contest, gets probation

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PHILADELPHIA -- An Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest accused of trying to rape a teenage boy will receive probation after pleading no contest Monday.

Jury selection had been set for Monday for the Rev. James J. Brennan's retrial on charges of attempted rape and endangerment, but a deal was reached Monday, according to the District Attorney's ...Read more

4 secrets of Jewish parenting

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Through all the hoopla about the parenting secrets of Asian Tiger Moms whose children practice piano for hours and French moms whose children happily tuck into four-course meals, I kept wondering: When are we going to start talking about Jewish moms?

As Marjorie Ingall points out in her funny and insightful new book, "Mamaleh Knows Best: What ...Read more

On the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, bicycles take over Tel Aviv

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- As afternoon dims into dusk on the eve of Yom Kippur, an extraordinary thing happens in this secular metropolis: Israel's city that rarely sleeps grinds to a standstill and is enveloped in a strange and wonderful silence.

Traffic thins and eventually disappears, clearing the junctions that are usually groaning and clogged. ...Read more

Judge lifts temporary ban on ritual slaughter of chickens, minutes before start of Yom Kippur

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LOS ANGELES -- With just minutes remaining before the beginning of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur at sunset, a federal judge on Tuesday lifted a temporary restraining order that had banned the slaughter of chickens as part of an ancient atonement rite but allowed the lawsuit that triggered the order to go forward.

United Poultry Concerns, a ...Read more

Shabbat, millennial style

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CHICAGO -- As the sun began to set on a recent Friday evening, more than 25 millennial-age guests gathered at the Lakeview apartment of brothers Adam, 25, and Andrew Kouba, 27, to partake in a communal welcoming-in of the Jewish Sabbath.

The group greeted guests with hugs and kisses and "Happy Shabbat's." At sundown, they moved into the dining ...Read more

Kaine is a faithful Catholic, but opposes some church edicts

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WASHINGTON -- Tim Kaine personally opposes the death penalty, the moral stand of a staunch Roman Catholic who regularly attends Mass and whose church believes executions to be wrong.

Yet as governor of Virginia, the Democratic vice presidential nominee allowed the execution of 11 men.

The death penalty is part of a political tightrope Kaine ...Read more

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