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Virginia Catholic Priest Reveals KKK Past

Rev. William Aitcheson is taking a leave of absence

(Newser) - A Catholic priest in Virginia has stepped down from his duties, at least temporarily, after publicly revealing his position as a "grand cyclops" in the Ku Klux Klan 40 years ago, the Washington Post reports. Rev. William Aitcheson wrote about his "despicable" role with the KKK in an... More »

Pope: Married Men May Be Solution to 'Enormous Problem'

Francis considering letting already wed men become ordained as priests

(Newser) - The Roman Catholic Church has an "enormous problem," Pope Francis told German newspaper Die Zeit in an interview published Thursday: a dearth of clergy. To solve that issue, CNN reports, the pontiff is considering tapping into "viri probati"—"tested men," or married ones. What... More »

Cops: Murder Plot Involved Priest, Cyanide, Suitcase

Georgian Orthodox Church official charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - It sounds like an odd espionage thriller, but it's all too true in the Republic of Georgia: Police busted a priest traveling with cyanide and say he meant to kill a high-ranking member of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Father Georgi Mamaladze, who runs the church's property department, was... More »

Priest Arrested on Drug, Child Pornography Charges

Father Christopher King is the vicar of an Episcopal church in Long Island

(Newser) - A New York priest was removed from his parish home Friday evening after police allegedly found meth and child pornography inside, the New York Daily News reports. Acting on a tip, police conducted a search of Father Christopher King's home at St. James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church in Long... More »

Mexican Priest Alive, but With 'Notable Signs of Torture'

Rev. Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz had been abducted 3 days earlier

(Newser) - Since September, four Roman Catholic priests in Mexico have been abducted—and only one has come back alive. That priest, the Rev. Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz, was found "dumped, with notable signs of torture" three days after he disappeared from the state of Veracruz, a bishop tells the AP... More »

Pope Francis Gives Definitive Answer on Female Priests

And it's not what a lot of people were hoping for

(Newser) - Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church will never, ever have female priests. Reuters reports Francis offered "some of his most definitive remarks on the issue" during a flight back from Sweden, where he had met with the female head of the Lutheran Church. "St. Pope John Paul... More »

One of Rome's Busiest Exorcists Tells of Woman Vomiting Pins

Fr. Vincenzo Taraborelli performs as many as 30 exorcisms on a given day

(Newser) - Italy is no stranger to exorcisms, with half a million Italians reportedly requesting them each year. The Independent in 2015 reported on an exorcism of an entire town, performed via helicopter. Three years prior, the Catholic diocese of Milan instituted an exorcism hotline, reported the BBC . But in the wake... More »

Charges: Drunk Priest Attacks Cop, Paramedic

'I'm from the Vatican, you're f---ed!'

(Newser) - A British priest pleaded guilty Friday to drunkenly assaulting a police officer and paramedic while claiming diplomatic immunity from the Vatican, the Guardian reports. According to the Sun , a paramedic found 36-year-old Gareth Jones, vicar at London's St. Mary and the Virgin, passed out in the street in his... More »

Transient Arrested in Priest Murder Case

Gary Moran, 54, is charged with killing one priest, beating another

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man in the Phoenix priest-murder case after he apparently bragged about beating and robbing a priest, the Arizona Republic reports. Police booked Gary Moran, 54, last night, for allegedly gunning down Father Kenneth Walker, 28, and assaulting Father Joseph Terra, court records say. Moran is a... More »

Priest Killed in Arizona Church Shooting

Another remains in critical condition as police search for suspects

(Newser) - A priest is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting at a Catholic church last night, the Arizona Republic reports. Police responded to a burglary call, made by one of the victims, at Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in downtown Phoenix and found the two victims... More »

Chicago Archdiocese Reveals Decades of Sex Abuse

6K pages of documents show priests moved, promoted after allegations

(Newser) - The Archdiocese of Chicago has released more than 6,000 pages of internal documents showing decades of hidden sexual abuse by 30 priests. Priests accused of abuse still received promotions, while alleged victims faced church-backed investigations, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The church moved accused priests between parishes and left abuse... More »

Car-Crash 'Angel' Identified

The Rev. Patrick Dowling came to Katie Lentz's aid

(Newser) - A mysterious priest who showed up to pray at the scene of a Missouri car crash may have been heaven-sent, but he only traveled about 150 yards to get to there. It turns out the "angel" priest who prayed with Katie Lentz, 19, then seemingly disappeared last Sunday is... More »

Was Mysterious Priest at Car Wreck an Angel?

The family of the victim think he might be

(Newser) - A mysterious priest who showed up to pray at the site of a car crash near Center, Missouri, has some of the people involved talking about angels and miracles. Katie Lentz, 19, was hit head-on by another car Sunday morning; the Mercedes she was driving flipped and she was pinned... More »

Handcuffed Priest Calls 911 From Church...

He got himself stuck while 'playing,' was also gagged

(Newser) - An Illinois priest made a very awkward 911 call back in November that's just now coming to light : Father Tom Donovan told the dispatcher he needed help getting out of a pair of handcuffs he had been "playing with." "I'm going to need help before... More »

Vatican to Outspoken Priest: Spend 6 Weeks in Prayer

Critics see building 'Catholic spring' backlash

(Newser) - A popular Irish priest known for his liberal views has been told to shut up by church authorities, reports the Daily Beast . Father Tony Flannery, who has questioned the doctrine of celibacy, and said the priesthood should be opened up to women, has been told to stop writing about controversial... More »

Priest: I Had to Deny Lesbian Communion

Guarnizo defends self, outrages family with 'blatant falsehoods'

(Newser) - Father Marcel Guarnizo isn't taking his suspension sitting down. The embattled priest, who's been criticized for denying a lesbian communion at her mother's funeral, released a statement on CNS News today defending himself and blasting the archdiocese for suspending him. He says Barbara Johnson revealed her sexuality... More »

Church Suspends Priest Who Denied Lesbian Communion

But says punishment not connected to incident

(Newser) - The priest who barred a lesbian from taking communion at her mother's funeral has been suspended from ministry, his archdiocese said in a letter, according to MSNBC . A pastor who read the letter at masses this weekend says the serious punishment wasn't tied to the communion issue but... More »

Dead Priests Hired Own Hit Men

Colombian pair made pact after one diagnosed with AIDS, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A pair of Colombian priests found shot dead in a car last year decided to commit suicide by hit man after one of them was diagnosed with AIDS, prosecutors say. Police initially suspected robbery when the priests' bodies were found, but investigators managed to trace two of the alleged assassins... More »

Priest Busted With Pants Down in Adult Theater

Mark Stewart Bullock arrested, removed from church duty

(Newser) - Father Mark Stewart Bullock went from priest at the Church of the Immaculate Conception to creepy guy standing around pants-less in a porn shop, Baltimore cops say. Police say they responded to complaints of indecent exposure and found Bullock, nude from the waist down, inside a movie theater at the... More »

Vatican Sacks Bishop Who Wanted Women Priests

William Morris also argued church should consider ordaining married men

(Newser) - An Australian bishop claims the Roman Catholic church sacked him because he advocated the ordaining of women and married men. The Vatican confirmed today that Bishop William Morris had been "removed from pastoral care" by Pope Benedict XVI, and Morris claims the ouster was a result of a 2006... More »

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