The order, issued March 23 by arbitrator Hollis Hanover, stems from a lawsuit filed three years ago alleging that the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn violated parts of a 2008 settlement. The issue that sparked the concerns was the diocese’s failure to immediately report the Rev. Shawn Ratigan after finding disturbing images of young girls on the priest’s laptop computer in late 2010.
The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million will stand. It’s for the children.
Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's "centuries-old heritage."
The project is raising concern in some quarters that the museum could blur the line between educating and evangelizing. Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby and the son of its founder, has referred to the Bible as “a reliable historical document,” and, as part of the museum project, he is developing a curriculum to “reintroduce this book to this nation.”
“Even we have this leprosy at home. Many of my advisers who are fighting it with me are giving me reliable data that estimates pedophilia inside the church at a level of 2 percent,” the pope was quoted as saying. But the exclusive interview with 90-year-old journalist Eugenio Scalfari drew an immediate reaction from the Vatican that disputed the accuracy of the pontiff’s quotes.
Faith Walk writer Sheila Sonnenschein looks at the violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories and sees the God-woven web of humanity being torn. One thread unraveling can impact the rest, but we can preserve the web by having dialogue, seeing the children in the situation and avoid thinking only about our own priorities.
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The evangelical Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby made history two weeks ago when the Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s mandate that family-owned companies must provide contraceptive coverage to their employees. Now, the family is looking to build a permanent presence on the Washington landscape by establishing a sprawling museum dedicated to the Bible, just two blocks south of the National Mall.
The Rev. Betty Hanna-Witherspoon, Ebenezer A.M.E. Church: This verse, Psalm 102:7, has a notation in the New Living Translation, "A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the Lord."
An interview that credits Pope Francis as saying about 2 percent of Roman Catholic clerics are pedophiles stirred controversy Sunday, as the Vatican sought to raise questions about the article's accuracy and others called on the pope to take more action on the issue.
It's a Sunday afternoon at the Opal Divine's in South Austin, and the Rev. Steve Kinney is about to convene a meeting of spiritually minded souls in what Carrie Nation would have called a den of iniquity.
Wives of Italian priests, often shunned in their families and society, petition the pope to end Catholic celibacy requirements. Their voices join others who wonder if it is time for change to keep the church healthy.