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Archbishop Defends Himself Ahead of Child Sex Abuse Report

Archbishop Defends Himself Ahead of Child Sex Abuse Report

By Mark Scolforo and Marc Levy | Aug 14
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, says he expects a grand jury report on the sexual abuse of children by clergy in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses to be critical of his actions as the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh.

Deadline Looms for Release of Catholic Church Abuse Report

Deadline Looms for Release of Catholic Church Abuse Report

By Mark Scolforo and Marc Levy | Aug 14
Time is ticking down to a court-ordered deadline Tuesday afternoon to decide what information to black out in a forthcoming grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses.

Australia Archbishop Gets House Detention for Abuse Cover-Up

Australia Archbishop Gets House Detention for Abuse Cover-Up

Aug 14
The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse was ordered by an Australian court Tuesday to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail.

Minister in Poland Calls LGBT March a 'Parade of Sodomites'

Minister in Poland Calls LGBT March a 'Parade of Sodomites'

Aug 13
Poland's right-wing defense minister has used the term "sodomites" to describe those who took part in a weekend LGBT pride parade.

Lithuania Launches Sexy Tourism Ad Prior to Papal Visit

Lithuania Launches Sexy Tourism Ad Prior to Papal Visit

Aug 7
Lithuanian tourism officials are coming under fire from the Catholic Church for a highly sexualized campaign to promote the capital, Vilnius, only weeks ahead of a visit by Pope Francis.

Listen: Pastor Blames Calif. Wildfires on LGBTQ People - Again

Listen: Pastor Blames Calif. Wildfires on LGBTQ People - Again

Aug 6
A Christian pastor who is no stranger to anti-LGBTQ controversy is back at it again.

Pope Changes Church Teaching on Death Penalty

Pope Changes Church Teaching on Death Penalty

Aug 4
Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is "inadmissible" under all circumstances and that the Catholic Church must work to abolish it, changing official church teaching to reflect his view that all life is sacred.

Pope Changes Death Penalty Teaching, Now 'Inadmissible'

Pope Changes Death Penalty Teaching, Now 'Inadmissible'

By Nicole Winfield | Aug 2
Pope Francis has changed Catholic Church teaching about the death penalty, saying in a new policy published Thursday that it is always "inadmissible" because it "attacks" the inherent dignity of all humans.

US Vatican Cardinal: 'Not Once Did I Even Suspect' McCarrick

US Vatican Cardinal: 'Not Once Did I Even Suspect' McCarrick

By Nicole Winfield | Jul 31
The highest-ranking American at the Vatican insisted Tuesday he never knew or even suspected that his former boss reportedly sexually abused boys and adult seminarians.

Hunger Strike Puts More Scrutiny on Mormon Youth Interviews

Hunger Strike Puts More Scrutiny on Mormon Youth Interviews

By Brady McCombs | Jul 31
A Mormon man launched a hunger strike to bring attention to a campaign calling on church leaders to bring an end to closed door one-on-one interviews where youth are asked by adult lay leaders if they follow the religion's strict rules on sexual activity.

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