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Victim group seeks independent review of clergy abuse claims

Greg Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:01pm

A group of clergy sexual abuse victims called Tuesday for an independent commission to investigate molestation accusations that are sealed as part of a bankruptcy case involving the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Inmates work to create chair for pope's Philly prison visit

Kathy Matheson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:00pm

Pope Francis will have a nice place to sit when he meets with Philadelphia prisoners next month.

Provo First Ward: a hidden gem in Historical Downtown Provo

Mairi McCloud  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 11:59pm

A look at the history and the architectural features of a craftsman era chapel built in Provo in the 1920s.

Teacher priest seeks OK to wear religious habit in classroom

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:11pm

A Roman Catholic priest who also is a teacher has asked school officials to allow him to wear his religious habit in the classroom.

Christian lawyer taken away in China region removing crosses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 2:51am

A well-known Chinese Christian lawyer had been out of contact for almost two days after being taken away by government workers in an eastern province where local authorities are under a deadline to remove the Christian symbol, the cross, from church roofs, his colleague said Thursday.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 1:30am

The Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units — is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the announcement after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious and moral values. The Mormon religion opposes gay marriage and believes homosexual activity is a sin.

Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 2:41pm

The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to allow gay troop leaders — preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association.

Mormon church to keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite decision to allow gay leaders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 9:51am

Mormon church to keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite decision to allow gay leaders.

Kansas Wesleyan, seminary announce joint ministry program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 5:40am

Kansas Wesleyan University and the Saint Paul School of Theology are planning a degree program that will reduce the number of years students will need to earn a divinity degree.

Probe sought of abusers in bankruptcy settlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:11pm

A bankruptcy reorganization plan filed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee would add 33 victims to the group receiving payouts for clergy abuse. But advocates for those victims claim that the reorganization would hide documents on abuse by priests who haven't been publicly identified before.

Nun who stood up to Billy the Kid faces sainthood test

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:21pm

An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for the long road to sainthood on Tuesday.

California cardinal accused of drunken driving in Hawaii

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:00pm

The former archbishop of San Francisco has been arrested in Hawaii on suspicion of drunken driving.

AP Interview: US eyes migration, poverty as pope trip themes

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:50am

The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said Tuesday he expects Pope Francis will call on the U.S. to rediscover the fundamental values "that made our nation great" — especially its long history of welcoming foreigners — when he visits next month and becomes the first pope to address Congress.

Group renews complaint about pre-game prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 8:40am

A group has renewed its complaints about prayers before Bell County High School home football games in southeastern Kentucky.

Islamic State images purport to show destroyed Syrian temple

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:01am

The Islamic State group released propaganda images Tuesday that purport to show militants laying explosives in and then blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra.

Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese files bankruptcy settlement

Greg Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:40pm

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday filed its bankruptcy reorganization plan, formalizing a recent settlement deal that will divvy up $21 million among more than 300 victims of clergy sex abuse.

California priest gets prison in sexual abuse during flight

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:30pm

A California-based Catholic priest was sentenced Monday to six months in prison followed by six months of home confinement for groping a sleeping woman seated next to him on an airliner.

Cruz: Religious liberty a top priority

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 6:11pm

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says defending religious liberty is a top issue in his Republican presidential campaign.

NYC to probe secular education at Jewish schools

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:01pm

There was no science, no geography and no math past multiplication at the ultra-Orthodox Jewish school Chaim Weber attended. And the only reason he ever heard of the American Revolution was when a seventh-grade teacher introduced it as "story time."