A Roman Catholic Archdiocese plans to release its files on priests under its jurisdiction reported to have committed sexual abuse.
In a January edition of the Chicago Archdiocese's newspaper Catholic New World, Cardinal Francis George wrote that the files on 30 priests will be released as part of a legal settlement.
"All these incidents were reported over the years to the civil authorities and claims have been mediated civilly. Almost all of the incidents happened decades ago, perpetrated by priests whom neither I nor many younger clergy have ever met or talked to," wrote George. "Nevertheless, the publication puts the actions of these men and the archdiocese itself in the spotlight. Painful though publicly reviewing the past can be, it is part of the accountability and transparency to which the archdiocese is committed." more >>
A retired Tampa, Fla., police officer has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of a man and the injury of his wife inside a movie theater following an argument over the man texting his toddler daughter on Monday.
A 10 News Tampa Bay report explains that retired police captain Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, and his wife were sitting behind Chad and Nicole Oulson waiting for the start of the movie "Lone Survivor" at Cobb Theater's Grove 16 & CineBistro when the argument developed over Chad's texting.
"Somebody throws popcorn. I'm not sure who threw the popcorn… And then bang, he was shot," said moviegoer Charles Cummings who was present during the incident, according to The Associated Press. more >>
Six evangelical Christians were shot to death at the weekend in El Salvador by gang members, local officials have reported.
The Christian men, whose ages ranged from 16 to 54, were killed in Ahuachapán State, a rural western region close to the Guatemala border.
According to Fox News Latino, those targeted were leaving a church service when gunfire broke out. Investigators have been unable to determine what motivated the shootings, though gang wars frequently occur in this part of the country. more >>
A youth pastor was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after police found thousands of images of female babies, toddlers, prepubescent girls and other children being raped on his home computer in Cockeysville, Md.
The investigation by Baltimore County Police found that Robert David Wright, 35, who led a youth group at Clynmalira United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Md., also allegedly shared the images with others online.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Pastor John Dailey of Clynmalira released a statement on Monday in which he confirmed that Wright is a member of his church and was a volunteer leader of the congregation's youth group, while adding that church officials are taking the allegations against him "very seriously." more >>
In what is being described as Ireland's most gruesome murder of 2014, an Italian man claims he murdered then ate his devout Christian landlord's heart during a row over a chess match. But a post mortem revealed the missing body part is a lung.
"The victim's heart was intact but the post-mortem confirms that a lung was removed from the body and has not been located," a source told the Belfast Telegraph of the dead Christian victim, Tom O'Gorman, 39.
Pop singer Justin Bieber went on an expletive-filled egg-throwing attack on his neighbors' house, causing $20,000 in damage last Thursday. Detectives with the L.A. County Sheriff's office believe the singer is likely to be slapped with a felony charge.
Entertainment website TMZ.com highlights video in a report showing the ugly confrontation between the singer and his neighbors as he was caught hurling eggs at their property.
"In California, if the damage is greater than $400 it becomes FELONY vandalism. We're told the homeowner's damage could be in the 10s of thousands of dollars because the very expensive Venetian plaster on the outside of the house has to be redone, and very expensive doors and other items were either damaged or ruined," explained TMZ in a report on Saturday. more >>