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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Father Robert Nugent, a Roman Catholic priest whose support of gays and lesbians in the church brought the Vatican's censure, ending his public role as an advocate for reconciling church doctrines with the realities of gay life, died Wednesday in Milwaukee. He was 76. The cause was cancer, said Sister Jeannine Gramick, the nun with whom he founded New Ways Ministry in 1977 to educate the church about gay and lesbian Catholics and advocate for their acceptance. For more than two decades, Nugent traveled the country with Gramick to counsel gay Catholics, give workshops for Catholic clergy and lay people, and write books on gays in the church.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Eureka police are searching for the car that belongs to a popular Roman Catholic priest who was found slain in the church rectory on New Year's Day. The car, described as a gray Nissan Altima hybrid, belonged to the Rev. Eric Freed, who  was found dead inside St. Bernard Church after he failed to show up for a Mass.  Police have so far declined to reveal how he was killed or in what condition his body was found, saying only that it...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Police in Eureka said Thursday they believe the slaying of a popular Roman Catholic priest was a random attack. “We do not believe there was any connection between the victim of this homicide and the suspect,” said Andrew Mills, Chief of Eureka Police Department. “We're not sure what the motive is at this point. We're interviewing him right now. However, to me it seems to be a crime of opportunity. " Gary Lee Bullock was arrested Thursday in the Garberville area after he was pulled over, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The man wanted in connection with the killing of a popular Roman Catholic priest in Eureka was arrested Thursday, hours after a warrant was issued, authorities said. Gary Lee Bullock was arrested in the Garberville area after he was pulled over, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department. An arrest warrant had been issued earlier in the day as police investigated the violent death of the Rev. Eric Freed, whose body was found inside St. Bernard Church on New Year's Day after he failed to show up for Mass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
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 | By Ruben Vives
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 | By Ashley Powers
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...
NATIONAL
December 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
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.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard and Christie D'Zurilla
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.
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- Pope Francis is forming a commission of experts to advise the Holy See on protecting children from abusive priests, keeping pedophiles out of the priesthood and caring for the victims of abuse, Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley said Thursday. The initiative is Francis' first concrete step in response to the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in recent years, costing millions in legal fees and sparking a steep decline in church attendance.  It remains unclear, however, whether the commission will address complaints by victims groups that the Vatican has failed to make bishops accountable for covering up for abusive priests.  Although Francis has won plaudits for reinvigorating the Catholic church, he has been criticized for not coupling his strong appeals for mercy and charity with equally firm admonishments of abuse.  “Pope Francis has massive power and many options.
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