A lawyer the Catholic Church is paying to represent a group of people named in the Maryland attorney general’s report into clergy sexual abuse previously urged government investigators to look into the church’s past.
Gregg Bernstein, who was Baltimore state’s attorney from 2010 until 2014, met with a group of Catholic abuse victims in ...Read more
ATLANTA — Four pastors who spent months counseling Johnny Hunt are drawing criticism from victim advocates and some Southern Baptist Convention leaders for saying the disgraced evangelical leader is restored and ready to return to ministry.
Hunt, a former SBC president, was named in a landmark third-party investigation by Guidepost Solutions ...Read more
BALTIMORE — Women featured in “The Keepers,” a 2017 Netflix documentary series about clergy sexual abuse at a Baltimore-area Catholic girls school in the 1960s and ‘70s, expanded on their request Friday for the full public release of a report examining sexual misconduct by clergy throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Teresa Lancaster...Read more
BALTIMORE — Abuse survivors who were featured in “The Keepers,” a widely viewed 2017 Netflix documentary about clergy sexual misconduct at a Baltimore Catholic girls’ school in the 1960s and ’70s, have filed a court motion calling for the full release of a report by the Maryland attorney general on sexual abuse by clergy and other ...Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A late clergyman who served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento for four decades has been accused for the first time of sexually assaulting a child, joining dozens of Sacramento clergy previously implicated in the Catholic Church’s decades-old abuse scandal.
In a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court, a 60...Read more
BALTIMORE — After saying it would not oppose the release of a report detailing decades of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Maryland, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is helping to pay lawyers for an anonymous group that’s asked a city judge to keep secret arguments over whether to make the document public.
A spokesperson for the ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — The Rev. Dr. Chauncey Pierre Harrison looked barely older than a teenager when he stepped into the pulpit at Zion Baptist Church for the first time as a guest preacher at age 26.
But Harrison, now 32, and in his fourth year as Zion’s senior pastor, has shown no fear about taking a position once held by the late Rev. Leon H. ...Read more
BALTIMORE — In the 1980s, Father Brian Cox told an official with the Catholic church he had a problem — he was attracted to teenage boys.
The official, according to court papers, brushed him off, telling the Westminster priest not to “worry about it.” Cox, in a taped conversation with one of his victims, said a bishop once told him he ...Read more
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore does not oppose the Maryland Attorney General’s Office’s efforts to make public a report detailing sexual abuse and torture committed by area priests and laypeople over 80 years, so long as it is accurate, a spokesperson for the church said Friday.
“The archdiocese does not object to the release...Read more
BALTIMORE — After the more than 270 members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected their new president in Baltimore, some observers of the nation’s most powerful Catholic body hailed the choice of Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio as a healthy compromise between the conservative and progressive factions that have emerged into public ...Read more
DENVER — The Archdiocese of Denver provides local Catholic schools with explicit written guidance on the handling of LGBTQ issues, including telling administrators they should not enroll or re-enroll transgender or gender non-conforming students, and that gay parents should be treated differently than heterosexual couples.
This 17-page ...Read more
ATLANTA — Herschel Walker begins every campaign rally the same way.
“I want to start by acknowledging my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” he says. “Because if you don’t acknowledge him, he’s not going to acknowledge you.”
For Raphael Warnock, “a vote is a prayer about the kind of world we want to live in.”
“And our prayers ...Read more
Attorney General Dana Nessel's office investigated sexual abuse allegations against roughly 44 priests as part of its investigation into the Diocese of Marquette's handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations, according to the first of seven reports released by Nessel's office Thursday.
Of the 44 priests accused in the Marquette diocese, 32 were...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Huda Hasan can trace the confidence she has both in herself and in her Islamic faith to time she spent in a classroom with Maryam Azam.
Azam taught Hasan Islamic and Quran studies at the Al-Rahmah School in Windsor Mill, Maryland. Hasan, 21, and her friends found themselves looking forward to Azam’s class every day, drawn by what...Read more
HENDRICKS, Minn. — Jay Nelson steered his car past Lake Hendricks, past giant windmills and soybean fields, across the South Dakota border that abuts his town, and up a gravel lane.
Here stands the idyllic country church where Nelson was raised: Singsaas Church, founded in 1874 by America's first Norwegian Lutheran minister and now on the ...Read more
Catholics make up the biggest religious group in Northern Ireland for the first time since the state was formed a little over a century ago, a trend that will likely add fire to a debate over the region’s future in the United Kingdom.
A 2021 census released Thursday showed 42% of respondents identified as Catholic and 37% as Protestant or ...Read more
ATLANTA — News out of California this summer of a Mexican church leader’s guilty plea for sexually abusing minors had a deep resonance for Erica Ortiz, a metro Atlanta resident since the late 1980s.
Ortiz grew up going to the Marietta outpost of La Luz del Mundo, or “Light of the World,” a Mexico-based megachurch that claims to have ...Read more
Bel Air, Maryland’s Emmanuel Church has installed its 26th and final stained-glass window, a project that began early in the last century.
The church was built in 1896, and because there was no electricity at the time, the original windows were made of yellow glass to bring in as much light as possible. Once the church had electricity, ...Read more
- Pastors who counseled Johnny Hunt say he should return to ministry
- Lawyer for anonymous Catholic group previously pushed for investigation into Baltimore archdiocese
- Late Sacramento priest newly accused of child sex abuse as Catholic Church lawsuits pile up
- Baltimore archdiocese paying attorney costs for members of group seeking to seal court proceedings in clergy abuse investigation
- 'Keepers' survivors file court motion to seek full release of Maryland AG report on Catholic Church abuse