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  • Irish church aims to end stigma for the children of priests

    VATICAN CITY — Bishops in Ireland have created detailed guidelines to address an issue the Roman Catholic Church has tried to keep under wraps for centuries: the plight of children born to Catholic priests and the women who bear them. The policy, approved in May and made public recently,...
  • Rules changing for confessions….Priest must report confessions

    It is among 85 proposals to emerge from a landmark inquiry into institutional abuse in the nation. The inquiry had heard harrowing tales of abuse, which were never passed on to the relevant authorities. The Church has indicated it will oppose altering the rules around confession. The Royal Commission...
  • Sexually deviant priests sent to Tagaytay for rehab!

    MANILA, Philippines – On a two-hectare lot tucked away somewhere in Tagaytay City stands a gated retreat house run by priests for priests. At any one time, the center can accommodate up to 45 priests in need of spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological renewal. It also serves as the...
  • Priest accused of groping teenage girl is released from jail

    MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest accused of groping a 13-year-old girl under her skirt won’t have to remain in jail while the charges are pending in New Jersey. A judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting requests from Morris County prosecutors that the Rev. Marcin Nurek remain...
  • Church on wheels brings Gospel to streets of Scotland

    The Mercy Bus visited the town squares and shopping centers of Scotland, offering people a chance to go to confession, or just chat to a priest. The initiative was in answer to Pope Francis’ call for the clergy to to go out to the people and take the Church...
  • Priest accused of embezzlement seeks $800K seized by police

    MASON, Mich. (AP) – The attorney for a Michigan priest accused of bilking a Catholic church that’s missing millions of dollars asked a judge Friday to authorize the release of $800,000 seized by police to his client. The Rev. Jonathan Wehrle (WUR’-lee) is charged with embezzling $100,000 or more...
  • Ex-priest in Boston sex abuse scandal released from prison

    BOSTON — A defrocked priest at the center of Boston’s Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal was released from prison on Friday and settled into an apartment across the street from a children’s dance studio. Paul Shanley, who had been convicted of raping a boy in the 1980s, moved...
  • Retired priest may be facing charges for inappropriately touching teen

    An 86-year-old retired priest has turned himself in to face a charge in Virginia of inappropriately touching a teenage girl 14 years ago. Fairfax County police announced Thursday that the Rev. Gervase Cain of Loretto, Pennsylvania, is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in...
  • Lawyer: Ex-priest may have been released to soon

    A notorious figure in the Boston Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal was released from prison Friday morning after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s. Massachusetts prison officials say Paul Shanley, 86, was released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater...