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Sex abuse claim deadline passes with hundreds filing in Archdiocese of Baltimore bankruptcy

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BALTIMORE — Hundreds of people who were sexually abused as children by employees of the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore filed in the church’s bankruptcy case ahead of Friday’s deadline for claims, but the exact figure remains unclear.

“Right now there are over 700, but the claims that were uploaded on Friday are still being counted,�...Read more

New York Mayor Eric Adams defends pope after use of gay slur but catches flack for his remarks

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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams defended the Pope following the pontiff’s use of a derogatory term for gay people, saying Wednesday that the leader of the Catholic Church, like him, is a target of the “word police.”

Adams' backing came after reports emerged that Pope Francis used an offensive Italian slang word in a closed door meeting last...Read more

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Deadline nears for victims to file in Baltimore Catholic Church case: 'A survivor's last chance'

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BALTIMORE — Born into a family of devout Catholics, Marc Floto was almost destined to be an altar boy at his local church, the former Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Baltimore County.

So when he was 5 or 6 years old, his parents “pretty much pushed” him to do just that. But they had no idea about the life-altering consequences ...Read more

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Pope Francis criticized for using homophobic slur in bishop meeting

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Pope Francis has apologized for using a homophobic slur during a recent closed-door meeting with more than 200 Italian bishops, the Vatican said.

The leader of the Catholic Church was heavily criticized on Monday after multiple Italian news outlets reported he had used the Italian term “frociaggine” when discussing the admission of gay men ...Read more

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Carmelite nuns block Vatican-appointed representative from entering Arlington, Texas, monastery

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The legal battle between the Carmelite nuns of the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity and Bishop Michael Olson may be over after a second lawsuit was dismissed on Wednesday, but another fight involving orders from the Vatican over who has authority over the nuns is brewing.

On Wednesday and Thursday, a representative appointed by Rome was ...Read more

Florida priest bites woman who grabbed communion wafers

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A Catholic priest saying Mass in St. Cloud bit a woman as she grabbed Holy Communion wafers from him, and the Diocese of Orlando defended his actions Thursday as an attempt “to prevent an act of desecration.”

St. Cloud police arrived Sunday afternoon at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church to speak with Father Fidel ...Read more

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Michigan AG Dana Nessel's report details abuse allegations against 19 priests in Diocese of Kalamazoo

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DETROIT — Attorney General Dana Nessel released the third of seven reports Wednesday related to a years-long investigation into clergy sexual abuse within Michigan's Catholic dioceses.

The report on the Diocese of Kalamazoo indicated there were 19 priests accused of sexual misconduct between the diocese's founding in 1971 and 2024; 12 of ...Read more

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Clergy abuse survivors testify in Catholic church bankruptcy case: 'Do you see me now?'

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BALTIMORE — The 58-year-old woman couldn’t bear to share the details of the sexual abuse she suffered as a child, but its effect on her came across loud and clear Monday in a Baltimore courtroom as she faced the leader of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

“Do you see me now?” she cried toward Archbishop William Lori, who was seated across ...Read more

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Eight clergy abuse survivors to testify in Archdiocese of Baltimore bankruptcy case

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BALTIMORE — Eight people who survived sexual abuse committed by Catholic clergy in Maryland are set to testify in the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s bankruptcy case.

Their statements in court will bring to 14 the number of abuse victims who testified in the case about their torment. Monday’s hearing is the second such proceeding scheduled by ...Read more

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California bans public funding for religious schools. With the courts' help, these families want to change that.

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California has long had a hard ban preventing public school funding from going toward any sectarian instruction or sectarian schools.

But now families in at least two federal lawsuits in California, encouraged by a Supreme Court that has been friendly to many religious liberty cases, are challenging that prohibition, which they argue ...Read more

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Gavin Newsom, during his speech at the Vatican on climate change, accuses Trump of 'open corruption'

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VATICAN CITY — Gov. Gavin Newsom accused former President Donald Trump of “open corruption” in a speech Thursday at a climate summit of Catholic officials and international leaders, elevating his criticism of the Republican leader in the hallowed halls of the Vatican.

The California governor referenced news stories alleging that Trump ...Read more

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New York Gov. Hochul visits Pope Francis in Vatican climate conference

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Vatican City on Thursday to hear a climate address from Pope Francis and deliver one of her own.

Hochul, who is Catholic, sat in the first row as Francis spoke in the Clementine Hall, a luminous chamber with walls adorned by intricate Renaissance frescoes, and was invited to greet the pope after his speech.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, during his speech at the Vatican on climate change, accuses Trump of "open corruption"

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VATICAN CITY — Gov. Gavin Newsom accused former President Donald Trump of "open corruption" in a speech Thursday at a climate summit of Catholic officials and international leaders, elevating his criticism of the Republican leader in the hallowed halls of the Vatican.

The California governor referenced news stories alleging that Trump ...Read more

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Missouri anti-LGBTQ advocate Vicky Hartzler appointed to US religious freedom agency

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House Speaker Mike Johnson on Wednesday appointed former Rep. Vicky Hartzler — a conservative Christian who was once brought to tears speaking out against a bill to provide federal protections to same-sex marriages — to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Her appointment to the commission, a bipartisan federal agency ...Read more

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Hindu group, aiming to build temple, alleges discrimination in Nevada

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LAS VEGAS — After it says it is being blocked by a Henderson ordinance from building a Hindu temple on a 5-acre patch of land in a rural neighborhood, a local Hindu group accuses the city of discrimination.

The association is now appealing to the federal government to intervene on its behalf.

The American Hindu Association says a city ...Read more

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Federal funds to offset 'hate tax,' protect Conn. religious institutions against rising antisemitism

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HARTFORD, Conn. — When Erika Brunwasser needed help picking up her daughter from preschool, her friend was shocked to find two security guards posted outside the synagogue that housed the school.

“She thoughtfully asked how it feels as a parent to leave my child every day at a place that is targeted by hate,” Brunwasser said. “Sadly, ...Read more

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Washington AG: Archdiocese of Seattle refusing to share sex abuse documents

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SEATTLE — The Archdiocese of Seattle is refusing to turn over documents showing how it handled child sexual abuse allegations by church leaders, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a news conference Thursday.

The archdiocese is citing a legal exemption for religious organizations that shields the records from public disclosure, ...Read more

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A peace sign with watermelons was removed near Philly's Germantown Friends School after parents objected. That was just the start of the debate.

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PHILADELPHIA — Quaker community members hung a “peace” sign on the campus of Germantown Friends School in the fall. It was a message everyone seemed to agree on.

But outrage ensued in late February after they added a series of cloth watermelons next to the simple five-letter message.

The watermelon imagery — an unofficial symbol of ...Read more

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At U. of C. encampment, Jewish organizers explain significance of their anti-Zionist Shabbat service

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After a tense day of protests, counterprotests and increased university police presence on the University of Chicago’s Main Quadrangle, the sun began to fade Friday evening and the Jewish holy day of Sabbath began.

Within the encampment established by the University of Chicago United for Palestine coalition, about 50 Jewish students and ...Read more

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United Methodists look to move forward after anti-LGBTQ language is removed

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As a historic global conference of the United Methodist Church draws to a close in Charlotte Friday, the issue of homosexuality that has driven away many of the denomination’s churches appears settled.

Delegates on Thursday removed language in Methodist Church laws that for decades has said homosexuality was “incompatible” with Christian ...Read more