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District Attorney Investigating Seminarian’s Sexual Harassment Claims

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has begun a criminal investigation into claims of sexual harassment raised by a former seminarian against a local priest. Former seminarian Matthew Bojanowski says he was sexually harassed by Fr. Jeffrey Nowak of Our Lady of Help Christians Church in Cheektowaga, New York. Nowak was placed on administrative leave […]

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Archbishop Chaput: Fr. James Martin’s Message Causes Confusion About Church Doctrine

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A ‘pattern of ambiguity’ in Fr Martin’s teachings wrongly inspires hope that Church doctrine can be changed, Chaput said After Fr James Martin, SJ, spoke at a Philadelphia university, the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution about the priest’s message, especially regarding the possibility that Catholic teaching on sexuality might change. “Father Martin has sought in […]

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Bishop Bransfield’s Life of Luxury

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New details have emerged about the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by disgraced Bishop Michael Bransfield. Bransfield spent nearly one million dollars on private jets and over $660,000 on airfare and hotels during his 13 years as bishop of his former diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. A new investigation by the Washington Post, published Sept. 12, reported that during […]

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Cheyenne Diocese Finds Credible Three Abuse Allegations Against Emeritus Bishop Hart

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The Diocese of Cheyenne announced Tuesday it has found credible and substantiated three allegations of child sexual abuse against Emeritus Bishop Joseph Hart, which it had received since July and August 2018. The alleged incidents newly found credible occurred in the 1970s and ’80s. “The results of the investigation were given to the Diocesan Review […]

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Minnesota Bishop Hoeppner Under Investigation

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Bishop Michael Hoeppner is the first sitting U.S. bishop to be investigated under new misconduct protocols introduced by Pope Francis earlier this year. Hoeppner, Bishop of Crookston, Minnesota, will be investigated by Minneapolis’ Archbishop Bernard Hebda, on charges that Hoeppner thwarted a police or canonical investigation of clerical sexual misconduct in his diocese. “I have […]