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Italian Court Rejects Berlusconi Bid to Halt Sex Trial

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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An Italian court in Milan has rejected a request by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to suspend his sex scandal trial. Lawyers for Berlusconi argued that his role as leader of a center-right coalition standing in next month’s general election would be an impediment to the proceedings. Prosecutors have accused the defense of trying to […]

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Washington National Cathedral to Perform Same-Sex Marriages

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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One of the most prominent churches in the United States will begin hosting same-sex marriages. Leaders of the Washington National Cathedral announced the new policy on Wednesday. National Cathedral Reverend Gary Hall said it was an honor to take the next step toward greater equality. The majestic cathedral is the seat of the Episcopal Church’s […]

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Washington National Cathedral to Perform Same-Sex Marriages

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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One of the most prominent churches in the United States will begin hosting same-sex marriages. Leaders of the Washington National Cathedral are expected to officially announce the new policy on Wednesday. The majestic cathedral is the seat of the Episcopal Church’s Washington, D.C. diocese, which includes areas of the neighboring state of Maryland. Maryland voters […]

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Global Alliance Launched to Counter Child Sex Images

Posted December 5th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union, the United States and some 20 other nations are teaming up to fight the online distribution of images of child sex abuse. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder held a news conference Wednesday in Brussels to announce the formation of a “global alliance” against online child […]

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US Church Official Convicted Of Abuse Cover Up

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A Roman Catholic monsignor has become the highest ranking church official in the United States to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse. A jury in Philadelphia Friday found Monsignor William Lynn guilty of child endangerment for his role in transferring abusive priests to other parishes. Prosecutors argued that Lynn chose to protect the […]

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Obama Gay Marriage Stance Draws Mixed Reaction Worldwide

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s support for gay marriage is being met with a mixed reaction around the world. In Europe, Germany’s openly-gay foreign minister praised the decision. “I think the declaration of President Obama for the recognition of same-sex marriage is a courageous step. I welcome this not just personally, but also in the name […]

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British Court Convicts 9 Muslim Men for Child Sex Ring

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A Liverpool court has convicted nine members of Britain’s Pakistani and Afghan community in Manchester of running a child sex ring involving girls as young as 13. Prosecutors say the men supplied vulnerable teens with drugs and alcohol and “passed them around” for sex. Prosecutors say no child should be exploited the way these young […]

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Church Sex Abuse Victims Bring Case to International Criminal Court

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A group representing church sex abuse victims is asking the International Criminal Court to investigate Roman Catholic leaders, including Pope Benedict, for alleged crimes against humanity. Officials with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests submitted more than 20,000 pages of material to the Hague court Tuesday. They charge the pope and other top […]

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British National Convicted of Sex Crime in Cambodia

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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A Cambodian court has sentenced a British man to a 12-year prison sentence for sexually abusing three underage girls. Michael Julian Leach was arrested last September after he was discovered living with the three girls aged from 10 to 15 at a guest house on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. In addition to his jail […]

Catholic Officials in US Release List of Accused Priests

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Roman Catholic officials in Boston have released a list of priests accused of child sex abuse. The Archdiocese of Boston says the publication of the names is part of an effort to protect children and “rebuild trust” in the wake of the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in recent years. Cardinal […]

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