CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 |
A Humboldt County man was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the New Year's Day slaying of a popular Roman Catholic priest in the small Northern California town of Eureka, law enforcement officials said. Gary Lee Bullock, 43, was arrested in southern Humboldt County near Garberville, about an hour from Eureka, said Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills. The priest's car, a 2010 Nissan hybrid, was recovered nearby. Police believe that Bullock killed Father Eric Freed, a priest at St. Bernard parish, after a "violent struggle" in the church rectory early Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 |
Eureka, Calif., police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a church rectory, the Eureka Times-Standard reported. Authorities have not released the name of the victim, but Eureka Mayor Frank Jager identified him to the newspaper as the Rev. Eric Freed. A police department representative could not be reached for comment. According to the newspaper, Freed was discovered at the St. Bernard Church rectory Wednesday morning by a deacon. Freed may have been killed after a Tuesday evening Mass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 |
A former priest convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty Monday to a molestation charge, Texas authorities said. John Salazar, the subject of a front-page story in The Times, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the office of the Swisher County attorney. Salazar, 58, had been accused of abusing a young man who attended the Church of the Holy Spirit in Tulia , Texas, where Salazar served...
December 26, 2013 |
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday overturned the conviction of the first U.S. church official ever charged or convicted in connection with how he handled complaints that priests had sexually abused children. Msgr. William Lynn, who has never been accused of personally molesting any child, was convicted in 2012 of endangering the welfare of a child for how he handled the case of a priest who had been accused of sexually abusing children. Lynn, who has already served about 18 months in prison, could be released as soon as Friday, a Superior Court of Pennsylvania appeals panel ruled.
December 13, 2013 |
The hot priests calendar. In Rome, that's what they call the Calendario Romano. Its pages are filled with good-looking young men in clerical garb, posing for the camera. Yes, they're actual priests, photographer Piero Pazzi told the Los Angeles Times, or "seminarians or accoliti . " (See the gallery, above.) Roman news outlet the Local says tourists can be seen at gift stands near the Vatican eyeballing the calendar, then snapping it up . PHOTOS: Meet the Nice Jewish Guys Pazzi told the Los Angeles Times that the calendar , which he's put out since 2003, consists of portraits of men he photographed in the streets of Rome and Seville, Spain.
December 5, 2013 |
ROME - In his first formal response to one of the biggest challenges facing the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis is establishing a commission to look at how the church can better protect children from sexual abuse by its priests. The group's formation was announced Thursday by Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, and instantly denounced as inadequate by organizations representing victims of sex abuse by priests. At a Vatican news conference, O'Malley said the panel would look at pastoral responses to child abuse, not just judicial ones, but said it would be largely up to individual Catholic jurisdictions around the world to decide how to go about stopping the scourge and disciplining those responsible.
November 26, 2013 |
ROME - Eight months into his headline-grabbing papacy, Pope Francis issued a wide-ranging manifesto Tuesday in which he sharply criticizes the excesses of capitalism and says he wants a decentralized Roman Catholic Church that is "bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets. " Francis' 84-page Apostolic Exhortation, titled "The Joy of the Gospel," gathers together a number of the causes he has championed in speeches and homilies since being elected in March, including the need for "a conversion of the papacy," to reverse the "excessive centralization.
August 28, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- The long quest to bring the Salvadoran military killers of six Jesuit priests to justice has received a significant boost, human rights activists say, with the sentencing of a former commander -- on unrelated charges in a faraway Boston court. The activists say the 21-month jail term for former Col. Inocente Orlando Montano will give a Spanish court time to extradite him to Spain, where he would stand trial for the 1989 slayings. “The important thing is to have him in custody,” said attorney Almudena Bernabeu of the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability, which has been championing the case.
July 29, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO -- In declaring that he was in no position to judge gay people, Pope Francis did nothing to change Roman Catholic doctrine, which prohibits homosexual sex but not the state of homosexuality. But at least one prominent commentator said the remarks constituted "a sea change," and they were the topic of avid discussion and debate Monday, especially in Catholic circles. Conservative Catholics, many of whom are increasingly put off by Francis' accessibility and deliberate simplicity, sought to downplay the remarks, which the pope made on his flight home to the Vatican from Brazil, where he made his first overseas trip as pontiff.