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School: Nuns Used 'Forgotten' Account, Stole Up to $500K

St. James Catholic School in Torrance, Calif., says it's not pressing charges

(Newser) - It wasn't a noteworthy request, but what it helped reveal was significant: A family asked for a copy of a check they had paid to a California Catholic school. But when the staff at St. James Catholic School in Torrance retrieved it, they realized it had been deposited into... More »

Unlikely Catholic Revolt: Tiny Order of French Nuns

Tiny order threatens to renounce vows rather than accept Rome's decision to replace their leader

(Newser) - The Vatican has an unusual dilemma after nearly all the nuns in a tiny French religious order threatened to renounce their vows rather than accept the Holy See's decision to remove their superior. The sisters argue that the Vatican commissioners sent to replace their superior general, the niece of... More »

She Went to the Orphanage at 2. Horrible Things Followed

BuzzFeed News has the piece on the St. Joseph's Orphanage in Burlington, Vermont

(Newser) - In countries ranging from Canada to Ireland to Australia, the 20th-century abuses that took place in orphanages, oftentimes Catholic ones, have been exposed. But "no such reckoning has taken place" in America, writes Christine Kenneally for BuzzFeed News . "Even today the stories of the orphanages are rarely... More »

Priests Assault Nuns, Pressure Abortions: Report

AP probe finds a worldwide history of abuse

(Newser) - "It opened a great wound inside of me. I pretended it didn't happen." So says a nun who claims an Italian priest sexually assaulted her while she was confessing to him about 20 years ago in Bologna. A new AP investigation finds she's not alone: Religious... More »

Pope Wants Nuns to Go Easy on the Tweets

Vatican urges them to use social media with 'discretion and sobriety'

(Newser) - The Catholic Church has advised its 38,000 cloistered nuns to use social media wisely and with “discretion and sobriety,” reports Newsweek and the Guardian . The admonishment was issued in a document published by the Vatican known as the "Cor Orans,” which provides additional guidance on... More »

Nun Involved in Katy Perry Lawsuit Collapses in Court, Dies

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman was 89

(Newser) - A nun who was involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died Friday after collapsing during a court appearance, the AP reports. Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, had served the church "with dedication and love for many years,... More »

Nuns Say They've Had It With Being Treated Like Servants

'Until now, no one has had the courage to denounce these things'

(Newser) - In a move that both the AP and Reuters call "remarkable," an official Vatican magazine run by women is directly criticizing the Catholic Church for its treatment of nuns in its March issue. "Until now, no one has had the courage to denounce these things," says... More »

Woman Accused of Ripping Off Nuns' Famous Cheesecake

Cameras caught woman, daughter swiping treats without leaving money

(Newser) - New York State Police say they've charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of baked goods from an order of nuns known for their cheesecake. Troopers say the theft occurred last month at the Nuns of New Skete monastery in the rural town of White Creek, on the... More »

Irma's 'Chainsaw Sister' Had to Google Instructions

Sister Margaret Ann of Miami has become an internet sensation

(Newser) - The Florida nun who became an internet sensation when video emerged of her—dressed in full habit—wielding a chainsaw to clear downed trees after Hurricane Irma says she had to look up instructions on how to start the tool. "I actually had to Google it to find out... More »

'Nuns' Try to Rob Poconos Bank, Leave Empty-Handed

Cops think they were spooked by teller, not by their piety

(Newser) - Police say two women dressed as nuns attempted to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Poconos. Authorities say the women walked into Citizens Bank near Tannersville on Monday afternoon, one brandishing a handgun, and demanded money from a teller, the AP reports. They left without taking anything, however, and a... More »

Nuns Oppose Fracking Pipeline by Building Chapel in Cornfield

Natural gas pipeline would go through land they consider sacred

(Newser) - The sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ order own land in Lancaster County, Penn., that they consider sacred. Now Williams, an energy company, wants to run a gas pipeline through that land—and the nuns have constructed a chapel on the grounds, in the middle of a... More »

DNA Results Revealed as Netflix Revisits Nun's Murder

DNA at scene of Catherine Cesnik's murder doesn't match Rev. Joseph Maskell: cops

(Newser) - The murder of a nun shook Baltimore in 1969. Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik disappeared in November of that year before her body turned up in a field in January with blunt force trauma to the head. The murder remains unsolved, though a seven-part Netflix documentary series out Friday points the... More »

Nun Says Sex Is Such a Gift That Even Mary Probably Had It

Sister Lucia Caram's remarks aren't going over well

(Newser) - Mary was in love with Joseph and they probably had sex—full stop. That's the general gist of what a popular Dominican nun known for her huge Twitter following and recipes she whips up in her Catalan convent said on Spanish TV Sunday, and it's causing a whole... More »

Man Charged in Murder of Mississippi Nuns

Rodney Sanders faces 2 counts of capital murder

(Newser) - Authorities say they have charged a 46-year-old man in connection with the murder of two nuns who were found dead in their home in Mississippi on Thursday. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said in a statement Friday night that Rodney Earl Sanders of Kosciusko has been charged... More »

After Quake, Nun Texted 'Adieu' to Family

Strong aftershock hits stricken Italian town

(Newser) - The AP has tracked down the nun seen in an iconic photo of this week's devastating earthquake in central Italy. Marjana Lleshi, 35, says she thought she would die when the Amatrice convent she was sleeping in collapsed early Wednesday, killing three other nuns and four of the elderly... More »

2 Nuns Found Slain in Rural Mississippi Home

There were signs of a break-in, and their vehicle is missing

(Newser) - Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, officials said Thursday. There were signs of a break-in, and their vehicle was missing. It was too early to say how the nuns died, but it doesn't appear that they... More »

Aspiring Nun Crowdfunds Her Dream

Alida Taylor raises $22K to pay off her student debt so she can join convent

(Newser) - An aspiring nun who was told she couldn't enter a convent until her student loan debt was paid off has successfully crowdfunded her goal, reports the AP . Alida Taylor, 28, was accepted to join the Sisters of Life in New York City in September. The Clifton, NJ, woman started... More »

Philly Nun Guilty of Less-Than-Holy Crime

Judge rejects Ambien defense in DUI case

(Newser) - How God will judge her remains to be seen. A New Jersey judge, on the other hand, has convicted a nun of DUI after she crashed into an auto repair shop on Nov. 7. Washington Township Judge Martin Whitcraft on Wednesday rejected Sister Kimberly Miller's argument that she was... More »

4 Nuns Murdered in Attack on Elderly Care Home in Yemen

The Vatican condemns it as an 'act of senseless and diabolical violence'

(Newser) - Four Catholic nuns and 12 others were killed during an attack on a home for the elderly Friday in Yemen, in what the Vatican is condemning as an "act of senseless and diabolical violence," CNN reports. According to the AP , six gunmen got past the home's gate... More »

How a US Diplomat Solved US Nuns' Infamous Murder

ProPublica reveals story behind El Salvador slayings in 1980

(Newser) - In 1982, a low-ranking diplomat by the name of Carl Gettinger received one of the State Department's highest honors for his "creative dissent." The ceremony was public, but the details were highly classified. Now a story at ProPublica reveals those details, which revolved around the infamous 1980... More »

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