BALTIMORE -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly -- though not unanimously -- approved a new framework Thursday for policing their own conduct, hoping it would be enough to stanch a series of scandals that brought to light sexual misconduct and inaction within their ranks over the last year.
The measures include a new code of ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- On June 2, at a Philadelphia synagogue, Karen Michaels attended a conference about cannabis and various religions' views on it. She knows she was there because she has the notes she wrote. But she can't recall a minute of it.
The former community health administrator from Fairmount has no short-term memory. It was violently ...Read more
"Did you hear that?"
"Yeah," my friend responded. "I think so."
We stood stock-still, straining to hear the sound again.
The sun was setting over one of the most breathtaking scenes imaginable. We were just below the Wenatchee Guard Station standing on a basalt spine in the Umatilla National Forest. The gulf below us broke away with a steep, ...Read more
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Hundreds of parishioners from across the Diocese of Fort Worth have begun the process to ask Pope Francis to remove Bishop Michael Olson.
Philip Gray, a canon lawyer and president of The St. Joseph Foundation, is advising the groups, gathering evidence and writing the petition. There are nine cases being brought against ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Amid a clergy sex abuse scandal that has shown no sign of abating, America's Roman Catholic bishops began their annual spring conference Tuesday with pledges to implement a series of first-ever measures aimed at holding each other accountable for misconduct.
Up for debate are new protocols for investigating prelates accused of ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Attorneys for the leader of the La Luz del Mundo church said Friday that the so-called apostle of Jesus Christ is innocent of the multiple sex abuse charges he faces and is instead a victim of attempts by his enemies to disgrace his reputation.
Standing next to church officials and family members of Naason Joaquin Garcia in front...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Following the arrest this week of the leader of La Luz del Mundo church on sexual abuse and charges, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday said that Naason Joaquin Garcia's unprecedented $50-million bail amount was merited.
At a news conference in Sacramento, the state's top prosecutor said Garcia's high bail ...Read more
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton have been banned from receiving communion in Springfield-area churches because of their support for legislation that expands abortion access.
The decree barring Illinois' two highest-ranking lawmakers -- both Catholic Democrats from Chicago -- from taking the sacrament ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Within hours after news broke that "the Apostle" had been arrested on human trafficking, rape and child pornography charges, bishops of La Luz del Mundo exhorted church members via video to start praying for their leader, and not stop.
The doors of Naason Joaquin Garcia's church in East Los Angeles -- one of about 40 in Southern ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The arrest of the leader of the La Luz Del Mundo church following allegations that he sexually abused children and solicited sexually explicit photos of minors has sent shock waves through Mexico and the United States.
Naason Joaquin Garcia, 50, and co-defendants Alondra Ocampo, Azalea Rangel Melendez and Susana Medina Oaxaca -- ...Read more
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australian Cardinal George Pell, who is serving a six-year sentence for sexually abusing two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral in the mid-1990s, appeared in court Wednesday to appeal his convictions.
The former Vatican treasurer and onetime close adviser to Pope Francis appeared in the Victoria Supreme Court flanked by ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- California prosecutors on Tuesday announced that a top leader of the La Luz Del Mundo religious organization based in Mexico was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, production of child pornography, forcible rape of a minor and other felonies.
Naason Joaquin Garcia, a leader of the organization that claims more than 1 ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- By 1:30 a.m. the cricket matches at the West Covina ballpark were in full swing. Farrukh Zafar stood in front of the wicket and gripped the flat bat made of willow wood, his eyes glued on the bowler who stood 22 yards away.
It was Zafar's job to protect the wicket, the bowler's job to hit it. The bowler hurled the ball, Zafar ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The law has long treated confession of sin to a priest as sacred. Even clergy who hear a fellow priest's confession to sexually abusing a child generally can't be compelled to report it to authorities.
But should they be?
California lawmakers are considering that fundamental question amid heightened scrutiny of the child ...Read more
DETROIT -- As part of her investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday criminal sexual conduct charges against five priests in Michigan.
"Some of these clergy ... preyed on young children," Nessel said at a news conference of the five men who were priests at the time of the abuse. ...Read more
Wrapped tightly around her head, with no softly draping fabric to distract her during meetings at her tech startup, Dilara Sayeed's hijab is American in more ways than one.
Her hijab, or Muslim headscarf, has a sleek, professional profile that is mostly seen in the U.S.
And the spirit with which Sayeed, a former Democratic candidate for the ...Read more
As the clock approached midnight, volunteers in the kitchen of the Islamic Center of Minnesota's women-only clubhouse washed cutlery and ceramic plates to be used for the next iftar dinner in the days to come.
It made more work, but that meant less trash after the traditional evening meal to break the fast during Ramadan.
"A few years ago, ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- The idea came to Samuel Robertson at a moment of artistic aimlessness. He was painting -- but haltingly. And his works didn't have a theme or deeper purpose. Robertson considered whether to illustrate one of his favorite books, which might help him tap an existing fan base. He weighed one title, then another.
Then it hit him: the...Read more
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is integral in the lives of Muslims, but it's not always safe for everyone to participate.
Some health-care providers may not understand the religious importance of fasting during Ramadan, which this year spans from May 5 to June 4. At the same time, some Muslim patients may be inclined...Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The lobbying arm of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania on Wednesday accused a clergy sex abuse survivor of trolling it on social media -- then apologized after a swift backlash.
The unusual exchange, since deleted, unfolded on the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference's Facebook page. It began Tuesday evening, when the conference...Read more
- Religious communities consider how much faith to put in marijuana
- Petition, evidence being gathered to ask Vatican to remove Fort Worth Bishop Olson
- Spiritual Life: There's a voice crying in the wilderness. Listen and respond
- After year of scandal, US Catholic bishops approve measures to hold themselves accountable
- As Good Friday and Passover meet this year, interfaith families receive double blessings
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