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March 8, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Lawyers huddled in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse late Tuesday, trying to settle 23 decades-old molestation cases out of the now-defunct St. Anthony's Seminary in Santa Barbara. The men are suing the Los Angeles Archdiocese and the Franciscan religious order that ran the seminary, alleging they failed to protect the men from predatory priests. A deal in these cases would mark the largest group settlement in the L.A. Archdiocese since the sexual abuse scandal was disclosed four years ago.
November 30, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
The Vatican on Tuesday formally released instructions that block actively gay men from the priesthood, a long-anticipated document that already has opened a debate over how it will be applied and whether it will have a healing, or detrimental, effect on the Roman Catholic Church.
November 24, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
PALMER Theological Seminary, a Baptist ministry school near Philadelphia where compositions by Mozart and Beethoven have turned up in the last 15 years, is looking for its next big discovery. "We've given the order for everybody to search the drawers," said Wallace Smith, president of the seminary, housed since 1940 in a former country club in Wynnewood, Pa. "So far, we've not found anything."
November 21, 2005
Re "Trail of Abuse Leads to Seminary," Nov. 17 Your story implies that decades ago, St. John's Seminary in Camarillo may have been less thorough in preparing young men for the priesthood. But it ignores the fact that the vast majority of graduates have gone on to rich lives of service. Indeed, most of the extraordinary parish priests serving in Southern California today are graduates of St. John's. There is no mention of their tireless efforts to provide spiritual and physical sustenance to those in need or to provide leadership in addressing issues such as homelessness or poverty.
November 17, 2005 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
Any examination of the sexual abuse crisis afflicting the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles leads inevitably to a bell-towered campus in the rolling hills of Camarillo: St. John's Seminary. The 66-year-old institution has trained hundreds of clerics for the archdiocese and smaller jurisdictions across Southern California and beyond. It is the alma mater of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod Brown and other prominent prelates.
August 23, 2005 | From Associated Press
An influential Islamic seminary has said clerics should not issue religious edicts on political issues or matters that do not concern Islamic law. The statement came nearly a week after one of the school's own clerics triggered a controversy among Muslim intellectuals by ruling that Muslim women running for office should wear veils on the campaign trail.
July 17, 2005 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
The office manager pressed forward, glowering, his muscles straining the seams of his pinstriped suit. "I'm asking you to step outside," he said. The nine men and women who had taken over the lobby of AlliedBarton Security Services did not budge. Rabbinical student clasped hands with Islamic scholar and Methodist seminarian. Heads bowed, eyes closed, they sang "Amazing Grace." And prayed that the security guards employed here would join the Service Employees International Union.
February 12, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The New Brunswick Theological Seminary has ousted its president and reprimanded him for officiating at his gay daughter's wedding. The Rev. Norman Kansfield, 64, of the Reformed Church of America performed the ceremony in Massachusetts, which last year became the first state to sanction same-sex marriage. He could face a church trial later this year.
December 30, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Two brothers have filed suit against the Franciscan Friars of California and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, alleging sexual abuse by two priests at a Santa Barbara seminary. The suit alleges that the brothers, now 22 and 25, were repeatedly molested while members of the boys choir at St. Anthony's Seminary from 1989 to 1994. The suit, filed Dec. 15 in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, identified the seminary priests as Robert Van Handel and Gerald Heather. Van Handel was convicted of child abuse in 1994, sentenced to eight years in prison and now lives in Santa Cruz as a registered sex offender, according to the lawsuit and court records.
August 15, 2004 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Nearly six decades after its founding, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena is among the world's largest seminaries and one of the most influential training centers for Christian leaders. Now, the campus is embarking on a 10-year, $79-million expansion to provide adequate housing for students and their families and more space for teaching, study, worship and performing arts. About 1,800 students from 70 nations study at the Pasadena campus.
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