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Minnesota priest apologizes for calling Muslims a ‘threat’

January 29, 2020

LONSDALE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Roman Catholic priest apologized Wednesday for saying in a sermon that Islam was “the greatest threat in the world” to the United States and Christianity.The Rev. Nick VanDenBroeke apologized in a statement issued...

Ex-Dallas-area Catholic priest accused of molesting a child

January 29, 2020

DALLAS (AP) — A 78-year-old former Roman Catholic priest whose whereabouts remain unknown has been accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child while serving as a priest in North Texas, according to a police affidavit.Dallas police obtained a warrant...

Unwed, pregnant teacher can sue Catholic school over bias

January 29, 2020

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A teacher who alleges that she was fired from her job at a Roman Catholic school because the diocese was upset she was pregnant and unmarried has lost another bid for reinstatement, but she will be allowed to proceed with her discrimination...

Priests in group shut down by Vatican accused of sex abuse

By NICOLE WINFIELD | January 29, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Nine priests and brothers of a Catholic group recently shut down by the Vatican are under investigation by Italian authorities for allegedly sexually abusing two brothers, officials and news reports said Wednesday.Prato Bishop Giovanni...

Priest gets 60 days in jail for bubble wrapping boy

January 27, 2020

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan priest accused of wrapping a teenager in bubble wrap was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail for attempted false imprisonment, prosecutors said.The Rev. Brian Stanley appeared in Allegan County court, two months after...

Who can topple Trump? Dems’ electability fight rages in Iowa

By STEVE PEOPLES | January 26, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The urgent fight for the Democratic presidential nomination raged across Iowa on Sunday as the party's leading candidates scrambled to deliver closing arguments centered on the defining question of the 2020 primary: Who can beat...

France reports 27% increase in anti-Semitic acts

January 26, 2020

PARIS (AP) — Anti-Semitic acts increased in France last year by 27%, acts against Muslims inched higher while anti-Christian acts remained stable but highest of all, France’s interior minister said Sunday, denouncing the situation as intolerable.On...

Pope on Holocaust atrocities: Let’s all say never again

January 26, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) —Pope Francis is inviting prayers and reflection about the “atrocity” of the Holocaust, urging people to vow in their heart “never again.”In remarks to the public in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, Francis noted that Monday is...

Pope’s new aide is priest who worked with street kids

January 26, 2020

Pope Francis has chosen a Uruguayan priest who has worked with street children to be one of his two personal secretaries.The Vatican said Sunday that Francis has known the Rev. Gonzalo Aemilius since 2006, when the pontiff was then-archbishop of Buenos...

Students should show some courtesy when attending guest speakers

By Jim Lentz | September 26, 2011

Totally by chance, I had the pleasure of hearing the intervarsity sponsored guest speaker, Cliffe Knechtle,answer questions on Christianity outside the Holmes Student Center on September 23. It was annoying that certain students continued to interrupt...

Vaccines prove progress is making religion outdated

By Letter Writer | October 12, 2010

I was intrigued by Kathryn Minniti's article "Practicing Your Religion is a Right Until it Imposes on Another's Rights." To set the bar, I'm an atheist and here's my assertion: Anyone who identifies themselves as Christian, who also agrees with Kathryn's...

What’s terrorism, and how should the U.S. respond 9 years after 9/11?

By Adam Brown | September 12, 2010

Terrorism as a force, is an idea has existed in many forms for decades--or centuries--depending on how one looks at it. It has no nationality, ethnicity or race. There has existed church-sanctioned terrorism throughout the Middle Ages, Buddhist car bombers...