- Nov 26, 2020
A 46-year-old man who went public in 2003 with charges of sexual abuse by a priest in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was found hanged in his home on Friday, with his lawyer saying, “The demons he’s been dealing with since he was molested finally won out.”
In order to obtain refugee status, people have to go through extensive processes, including fleeing from the country in conflict, registering as a refugee with the United Nations, waiting — sometimes for years — to be approved, and undergoing the resettlement process amid confusion and anxiety.
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst was suspended from leadership of the Diocese of Limburg in 2014 after an uproar over a costly construction tab for a new residence, and now Pope Francis has appointed a permanent replacement.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the shooting death of a priest of the Coptic Church, a branch of Orthodoxy that’s the largest Christian community in Egypt, claiming that the 46-year-old cleric was guilty of “combating Islam,” and in separate incident a bombing attack left a policeman dead.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, allowing a 2007 rule to stand requiring pharmacies to fill lawful prescriptions.
A former priest in Paterson, N.J., has been convicted of luring and criminal sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, while a priest in Long Island has voluntarily stepped down during an investigation of an allegation of sexual abuse from years ago.