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2017-02-09

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Catholic church’s ‘pontifical secret’ stops disclosure of sex abuse allegations, expert says
Since 1974, an instruction from the pope known as Secreta Continere, or the pontifical secret, has imposed strict secrecy on the investigation and handling of child abuse allegations within the church.
 
2017-02-09

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Catholic priest gets prison for producing child porn
A former U.S. Navy chaplain and Catholic priest from Millsboro has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and lifetime supervision for taking pornographic pictures of a teen boy, according to U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III of Delaware.
 
2017-02-08

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Church of England: we'll vote to block excessive boardroom pay deals
The Church of England, a major institutional investor, has put UK company bosses on notice that exorbitant pay deals will not be tolerated.
 
2017-02-08

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Trump's Church Politics Idea Has Wide Reach, Beyond GOP Base
Republican President Donald Trump's pledge to scrap limits on church political activity could have sweeping effects that extend beyond his conservative supporters to more liberal congregations, including the black evangelical church that has long been a key component of the Democratic Party's electoral machinery.
 
2017-02-06

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Buddhist monk held after millions of meth pills found in monastery
A Buddhist monk in Myanmar has been caught hiding more than 4m methamphetamine pills in his monastery, police said, following a record haul of stimulant seizures last year.
 
2017-02-06

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Watchdog Group That Fought Catholic Church Faces Upheaval
A victims' support group that helped force the Roman Catholic Church to confront the problem of child-molesting priests is going through upheaval of its own, including the resignations of two top leaders and a potentially reputation-damaging lawsuit.
 
2017-02-06

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Parents of teen fatally beaten by church group sentenced
Authorities said the parents were part of a group of church leaders and members who beat the brothers after they discussed leaving the insular Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford.
 
2017-02-06

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Catholic use of confession to be scrutinised by child abuse royal commission
Whether what is heard in the confessional box should continue to stay there will be considered by the child sexual abuse royal commission as it again turns its focus to widespread offending in the Catholic Church in Australia this week.
 
2017-02-06

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4,444 victims: extent of abuse in Catholic church in Australia revealed
On Monday the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse released damning statistics on the scale of the crisis within the Catholic Church. The numbers confirm the extent of sexual predation already suggested by four years of royal commission hearings involving the church, which are now entering their final weeks.
 
2017-02-06

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Islamic Authority Rejects Egypt's Move to Reform Divorce
Egypt's top Islamic authority on Sunday rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives.
 
2017-02-06

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Protest In Rienzi Surrounding Christian Flag
Last week, a Madison, Wisconsin group wrote a letter to the mayor of a small Northeast Mississippi town, threatening a lawsuit if a Christian flag wasn’t removed from a public building. On Saturday, the Rienzi community protested the flag’s removal.
 
2017-02-03

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Public school defends role in alleged cover up of abuse at Christian camps
Winchester College knew in 1982 about allegations of abuse at the camps but says it didn’t go to the police to save the victims further trauma.
 
2017-02-03

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Hindu cleric leads Wyoming Legislature in prayer for first time in history
Each day at the Wyoming Legislature begins in prayer. But usually the religious leaders wear collars. Friday was the first time that a Hindu cleric led prayers for the Wyoming Legislature.
 
2017-02-02

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Changing CVE to Focus on Islam Is Counterproductive, Critics Say
Civil rights advocates and Democrats in Congress are reacting angrily to reports that President Donald Trump wants to narrow the scope of a program established by the Obama administration to fight the roots of terrorism by instead singling out Islam.
 
2017-02-02

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Church 'could have done more' over John Smyth abuse claims
The Church of England should have done more to investigate allegations that young boys were abused by a former colleague of the archbishop of Canterbury, its top safeguarding official has said.
 
2017-02-02

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Trump vows to end prohibition on church political activity
President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to free churches and other tax-exempt institutions of a 1954 U.S. law banning political activity, drawing fire from critics who accused him of rewarding his evangelical Christian supporters and turning houses of worship into political machines.
 
2017-02-02

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German Bishops Open Way to Communion for Divorced Catholics
Catholics in Germany who have divorced and remarried without receiving an annulment may receive communion on a case-by-case basis, the German bishops’ conference announced on Wednesday. The decision is a major acceleration of a more welcoming — but disputed — stance on family life adopted by the Vatican under Pope Francis.
 
2017-02-01

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Pagoda problems: the decline of Buddhism in Cambodia
As Cambodia modernises and sex and drug scandals rock the monkhood, the famed saffron robes no longer command the respect they once did.
 
2017-02-01

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Quebec media, politicians express regret over Islam rhetoric in wake of mosque attack
The massacre at a Quebec City mosque has provoked soul searching and regret in the province’s political and media class over their overheated rhetoric and frequent failure to draw a clear line between Islamist extremists and ordinary Muslims.
 
2017-02-01

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White House says President Trump doesn't share Bannon's views on Islam
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that President Donald Trump doesn't share the opinions of his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, when it comes to Islam.
 
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