Msgr. Lynn to be released from prison Thursday—UPDATED

From the AP:  A Roman Catholic churchofficial is set to leave prison after 18 months because he won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal. A state prison spokeswoman, Terri Fazio, saysMonsignor William Lynn is scheduled to be released Thursday from the prison in Waymart, in northeastern Pennsylvania. Lynn is set to be taken to Philadelphia, where [Read More...]

BREAKING: Pennsylvania court reverses conviction of Philadelphia’s Msgr. Lynn

Details:  A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a Roman Catholic Church official was wrongly convicted for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints. The unanimous decision released Thursday by the state Superior Court also dismisses the criminal case against Monsignor William Lynn, a Philadelphia area priest. Lynn has been serving three to six years in [Read More...]

Evangelicals discover “church in the profane areas of life”

Here’s an interesting take on what is happening in evangelical churches, a strain of Christianity which is seeing the decline of places like the Crystal Cathedral, shown here. From The American Scholar: These days, young Christians in Orange County attend very different kinds of churches, some unrecognizable as churches at all. Laundry Love, a ministry in [Read More...]

BREAKING: Archbishop Nienstedt steps aside from public ministry after allegation

The announcement from the Archdiocese:   The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis today announced that an allegation has been brought by a mandated reporter within the Church to the St. Paul Police of inappropriate touching of a minor male on the buttocks by Archbishop John Nienstedt. The single incident is alleged to have occurred [Read More...]

What will Pope Francis do with the Legion of Christ?

From the AP: First, one of the Legion of Christ’s top officials abruptly quit the troubled religious order in frustration over the slow pace of change. Then priests in the cult-like movement empowered proteges and associates of the order’s disgraced founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, to vote for their next leader. The past month has [Read More...]

Pope establishes special commission on child sex abuse

From Catholic News Service:  Pope Francis accepted a proposal to set up a special commission on the sexual abuse of children, which will advise him on ways to prevent abuse and provide pastoral care for victims and their families. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, a member of the pope’s advisory Council of Cardinals, announced [Read More...]

Polish priest sentenced to eight years for child sex abuse

From the Associated Press:  A priest in central Poland was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing five boys. It was the toughest punishment given to a priest in Poland in a child sexual abuse case. Priests are considered to be top moral figures by most people [Read More...]

Out: Fr. Fugee agrees to leave priesthood

Details:  A Roman Catholic priest who was criminally charged with violating a court order to stay away from children earlier this year has agreed to his permanent removal from the priesthood and to never work in a position that places him in contact with minors. The agreement between the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the [Read More...]

New York deacon accused of sex abuse, removed from parish

Incredibly, this is the third time this parish has faced this ordeal in the last 11 years. Pray for all concerned, especially the people in this poor parish. Details: A deacon in the Holy Name of Mary parish in Croton-on-Hudson has been removed from the church in the wake of allegations that, many years ago, he abused [Read More...]

Billy Graham’s grandson says evangelicals are “worse than Catholics” on the issue of sex abuse

From Religion News Service:  The Christian mission field “is a magnet” for sex abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said Thursday (Sept. 26) to a room of journalists. While comparing evangelicals to Catholics on abuse response, ”I think we are worse,” he said at the Religion Newswriters Association conference. But it’s [Read More...]