Kentucky Students in Viral Encounter Sue Over Tweets From Writers

Several Kentucky Catholic school students involved in last year’s videotaped confrontation with a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday against New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and others, claiming their tweets about the incident sparked harassment and threats.

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States Use Catholic Clergy Abuse Lists in Job Screens

In the wake of revelations that scores of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living unsupervised in communities across the country, state officials face a quandary: Should they screen former clergy members who seek licenses for jobs that put them in contact with children? And, if so, how?

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Catholic Church

A federal class action claims the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops defrauded donors to its “Peter’s Pence” collection of “hundreds of millions of dollars” by not using it for charitable causes, as promised, but putting it into “suspicious investment funds,” such as luxury condominium developments and Hollywood movies, while paying fund managers multimillion-dollar commissions.

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Two Popes Cause a Furor Over Celibacy

Ever since Benedict XVI announced he would become the first pope in 600 years to resign, Catholic theologians and canon lawyers warned of the confusion in having two popes living side by side in the Vatican, one reigning, the other retired but calling himself “emeritus pope” and still wearing the white cassock of the papacy.

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Hundreds of Accused Clergy Left Off Church’s Sex-Abuse Lists

Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating in the bushes near a church school and in 2005 was put on a sex offender registry. Yet the former Catholic priest was just this month added to a list of clergy members credibly accused of child sexual abuse — after The Associated Press asked why he was not included.

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