Health & Spirit

Missouri attorney general refers 12 Catholic ex-clergy for sex abuse prosecution

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After investigating Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Friday that he has referred 12 former clergy members for possible criminal prosecution.

Schmitt released a 329-page report Friday detailing his office's yearlong investigation that involved interviews with victims ...Read more

Faithful see miracle in weeping icon of Mary with child Jesus at Greek Orthodox church in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- The Rev. Nicholas Jonas says he was in disbelief when he saw tears streaming down the face of a painting of Mary holding the child Jesus in his chapel.

"When these things happen, I feel like a little kid when first going into a candy factory, and you're just in awe," said Jonas, the presiding priest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox ...Read more

Light Notes: My 'New York minute' memory still collides with 911

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I remember the shadow of the World Trade Center, the welcome relief it brought for the businessman, his coat and tie oppressive in the summer heat. I remember beyond the walls and wrought iron fence of St. Paul's Chapel, quick-footed New Yorkers sidestepping tourists who paused to openly gaze at the towering buildings.

I remember the quiet of ...Read more

Kansas City diocese names priests in 'the dreadful scourge of sexual abuse of minors'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Saying that "the dreadful scourge of sexual abuse of minors has wounded our entire family of faith," Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Friday released a list of 24 priests he said have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

"The release of these names cannot change the past,"...Read more

Ex-Philly priest indicted 6 years after sex abuse victim's death stymied efforts to prosecute

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PHILADELPHIA -- Federal authorities on Thursday arrested a former Northeast Philadelphia priest on new charges six years after a sexual abuse case against him fell apart when his accuser died of a heroin overdose shortly before he was due to testify in court.

According to sources familiar with the case, Robert L. Brennan, 81, formerly of ...Read more

Pope Francis starts Africa trip with climate change in focus

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MAPUTO, Mozambique -- Pope Francis arrived in Mozambique on Wednesday as part of a trip to three African nations heavily threatened by climate change.

Upon landing at the airport in the capital, Maputo, Francis was solemnly welcomed by President Filipe Nyusi, other guests of honor, military and church representatives, and spectators.

A ...Read more

Light Notes: The 'girl in the closet' found her mission inside hardship

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Lost dignity. Lost hope.

The thoughts taunted the "thirty-something" couple as the economy began to wobble in 2007, eventually spiraling into the Great Recession. The two watched in alarm as their colorful life unraveled.

"The picture window was in the front and I walked by it anywhere I was going in the house," Keely Brown said, recalling her...Read more

Muslim men sue LA Sheriff's Department, alleging religious discrimination in jail

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LOS ANGELES -- Three Muslim men are suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, alleging they were denied access to an observant diet and proper religious garments and texts, while the same accommodations were made for inmates of other faiths.

The lawsuit, filed Monday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, argues that the Sheriff...Read more

Spiritual Life: The meaning of 'running home' as a child changes in our adult years

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Back in the day, for me (and maybe for some of you), a typical autumn afternoon unfolded something like this: you step out of a schoolhouse with your empty lunch box and a couple of hardback books, pile into (then out of) a musty school bus, then hustle into your house for a snack -- maybe a piece of bologna wrapped in enriched bread.

After ...Read more

Australian court rejects Cardinal Pell's bid to overturn conviction

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- An Australian court has rejected jailed Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his conviction and he will continue to serve a six-year sentence for child sex abuse.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in Melbourne handed down a majority two-to-one decision on Wednesday rejecting Pell's appeal and upholding the conviction....Read more

Spiritual Life: To build true community, where do we need to get to know each other?

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"I don't WANT to get to know HIM!"

That angry outburst came from the mother of a white football player regarding a black teammate who had become a dear friend. Her son had been pleading with her, that once she got to know his friend she would welcome him home for dinner. She responded accordingly, much to her son's dismay. The scene, as you may...Read more

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America becomes nation's first 'sanctuary denomination'

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church, committed to supporting and sheltering migrants entering the country.

The ELCA announced its decision last week at an annual assembly in Milwaukee, where leaders also participated in a march and prayer...Read more

Church in a gay bar: Queer Chicagoans find ways to merge religion and identity

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CHICAGO -- The second Tuesday of every month, Affirming Worship holds church in Atmosphere, an Andersonville gay bar. The organization, founded in March 2019 by Kelly Ravenscraft, 22, and Michael McBride, 38, works against what a traditional Christian might think of as Mass. It's a space for queer individuals in the Chicago area to discover or ...Read more

Australian court to rule on Cardinal Pell's appeal on Aug. 21

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CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian Cardinal George Pell, who is serving a six-year jail sentence for child sexual abuse, will learn his fate Aug. 21 when Melbourne's Court of Appeal hands down its decision on whether to overturn his conviction.

The former Vatican treasurer and one-time close adviser to Pope Francis was convicted in December for ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Getting lost is one thing, but staying lost on the road of life is another

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"Why are you turning here?" my wife asked.

"It's a shortcut, don't worry," I assured her. "I know where I am going."

Famous last words. An hour or so later, after zigzagging through miles of orchard-covered hills, I was gritting my teeth and continuing to insist that I knew a very effective shortcut to get us to our important meeting.

"We're ...Read more

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti meets Pope Francis

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met with Pope Francis on Friday in a private meeting at the Vatican, where they discussed climate change, youth, poverty and immigration.

Garcetti shared photographs of the visit on social media, saying in a statement he was moved by the Roman Catholic Church leader's "inspired words about matters ...Read more

Spiritual Life: A 'have to' in life doesn't become a 'get to' without God's mercy

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Last year I wrote a Tri-City Herald column about how to turn a burden into a blessing.

It's a "one word wonder," I wrote ... changing "I have to" to "I get to." The idea is to see the blessings in what we have the opportunity to do, instead of just seeing the burdens of what we feel we must do.

I believed what I wrote then, and I believe it ...Read more

Radical Baptist church preaches LGBTQ hate just miles from California's Capitol

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Pastor Roger Jimenez implored his congregation at Verity Baptist Church to separate themselves from the ways of a modern, wicked world.

Burn your Harry Potter books. Trash your rock 'n' roll CDs. Don't vaccinate your babies. Stay away from gay people.

"The United States of America is on a rainbow-colored boat, and we've ...Read more

Column: From slavery to mass incarceration?

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He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? -- Micah 6:8 KJV

The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock has had a busy couple of weeks.

After co-hosting and delivering the opening sermon at a conference on ending mass incarceration in the United States...Read more

Column: Racism: Whose fault is it, anyway?

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Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. -- Proverbs 4:7

We live in a world awash in information.

We know, for instance, that this year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestown, Va. But most of us might not know Massachusetts was the first ...Read more