Priest Fired for Refusing to Use New Catholic Prayers

ST. LOUIS (RNS) For 18 years, the Rev. William Rowe has done a little improvising while celebrating Mass on Sunday mornings at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, Ill. Now those deviations have led to his resignation in an incident that may be tied to...

Victims’ Group Refuses to Turn over Names in Abuse Suit

ST. LOUIS (RNS) The director of a leading victims’ advocacy group refused to answer some questions or turn over documents in a deposition held Monday (Jan. 2) in a Kansas City, Mo., clergy abuse case. David Clohessy, who directs the Survivors Network of those Abused...

Vatican Launches Catholic Home for U.S. Episcopalians

(RNS) American Episcopalians upset with their denomination’s acceptance of gay and female clergy can now convert to the Roman Catholic Church while keeping many cherished traditions in a special new U.S. diocese that was established on Sunday (Jan. 1) by Pope Benedict...

Accused Janitor Says Priest Blackmailed, Abused Him

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (RNS) For four years, Jose Feliciano told a jury on Monday (Nov. 28), his rage grew. The former church janitor said his employer, the Rev. Edward Hinds, had been extorting him, forcing him into unwanted sexual contact under the threat of exposing...