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  • Town says priest brought their church into 21st century Play Video

    December 11, 2014 5:06 PM

    PIERRE PART - A pillar of the Pierre Part community will be remembered this weekend as the man who brought the St. Joseph the Worker Church into the 21st century. Father Clarence Waguespack died after an accident on his bicycle Monday, according to the diocese. They said he fell... more »
  • Priest responds to supporters following WBRZ report Play Video

    July 14, 2014 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The priest at the center of a lawsuit is speaking out for the first time following a WBRZ report. His response comes in a letter he issued to the "Catholic Commentator" which is published by the Diocese of Baton Rouge. It all centers around a woman,... more »
  • Police: Priests attacked at Phoenix church, 1 dies Play Video

    June 12, 2014 5:53 AM

    PHOENIX, AZ - Police say one priest was shot and killed and another was wounded in an attack at a Catholic church in downtown Phoenix. Sgt. Steve Martos says police received a call about a burglary at the Mother of Mercy Mission near the state Capitol shortly after 9 p.m.... more »
  • Priest, on leave pending investigation, found dead

    June 10, 2013 1:37 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - A body found last week at an Alexandria motel has been identified as a 48-year-old priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria. Alexandria police said there was no sign of foul play in the death of Jamie Medina-Cruz. The body was found at the Value Place Motel... more »
  • Authorities accused of letting priest flee

    April 3, 2013 7:40 PM

    PHILADELPHIA- A lawsuit accuses church and local authorities of letting a Philadelphia-area priest flee to Poland during a sex-abuse investigation that stalled. The suit says the priest assaulted a woman last year while he was counseling her. The priest is not named because he could not be reached for comment.... more »
  • Priest attacked in attempted armed robbery

    March 18, 2013 12:35 PM

    METAIRIE - Jefferson Parish authorities say two men who tried to rob a Metairie church hit a priest with a crowbar when he couldn't open up a safe. Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, tells The Times-Picayune the unidentified priest suffered minor injuries Sunday night and... more »
  • Suspended priest pleads not guilty in meth probe

    January 24, 2013 12:29 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - A suspended Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut has pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges accusing him of taking in more than $300,000 from sales of methamphetamines. The Connecticut Post reports that 61-year-old Kevin Wallin entered the pleas Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford. Four other... more »
  • Church abuse victim faces trial for beating priest

    June 20, 2012 12:41 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the trial of a man accused of beating an aging Jesuit priest who he says molested him and his younger brother more than 35 years ago. William Lynch faces felony charges of assault and elder abuse after prosecutors say he... more »
  • Priest-abuse jury hears about bizarre Passion play

    April 18, 2012 12:42 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia jury is hearing about Catholic schoolboys who said they had to strip before a priest and endure whippings as they played Christ in a Passion play. Prosecutors pursuing a child-endangerment case against a church official say the Rev. Thomas Smith remained in ministry despite those 2002... more »
  • Former priest charged with 52 counts of sexual battery

    March 23, 2012 1:48 PM

    DUSON - Law enforcement officials arrested a former priest in Duson Thursday for allegedly having sexual contact with an 8-year-old boy between 1986 and 1989 while a priest at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO) and Louisiana State Police charged Mark A.... more »
  • Gambling Priest gets 3 Years

    January 13, 2012 7:32 PM

    A Catholic Priest in Summerlin, Nevada got three years in federal prison for stealing $650,000 dollars from his parish to support his gambling habit. Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe had no reaction when the judge chided him for abusing his position of trust but there were muffled sobs from his supporters in... more »
  • Hearing set for man in Hammond priest's death

    August 18, 2011 3:07 AM

    JACKSON, Miss.- A man charged with killing a Hammond priest and setting out in the cleric's car for a Disney vacation is scheduled to appear in a Mississippi court today. Authorities say Jeremy Wayne Manieri confessed to shooting Rev. Edward Everitt on July 11 after Manieri said he passed out... more »
  • Suspect in priest's death back in Mississippi

    July 20, 2011 2:48 AM

    WAVELAND, Miss.- A Waveland, Miss., man accused of shooting a Louisiana priest is back in Mississippi to face capital murder charges. Waveland Police Chief James Varnell says authorities picked up 31-year-old Jeremy Manieri on Tuesday from authorities in Polk County, Fla., where he was arrested after the body of Rev.... more »
  • Colleague says slain priest traveled with gun

    July 13, 2011 5:55 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A colleague of the Catholic priest who police say was killed with his own pistol says the slain man traveled with the gun for protection and kept it in the bedroom of the Mississippi beach house where he was shot. The Reverend Cayet Mangiaracina says the... more »
  • Parishioners shocked by priest's death

    July 12, 2011 6:00 PM

    HAMMOND, La.- Members of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond were shocked to hear their priest was been shot and killed. Investigators found the body of 70-year-old Father Edward Everitt at a home, owned by the church, in Waveland, Mississippi yesterday afternoon. "You know it is just... more »
  • Suspect arrested in priest's murder

    July 12, 2011 9:52 AM

    WAVELAND, Miss. - Waveland police say a suspect has been arrested in Polk County, Fla., in the death of a Catholic priest from Louisiana whose body was found a beachfront home. Police Chief James Varnell said the suspect was arrested around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Media outlets in Mississippi are... more »
  • Priest could stand trial for molesting children

    June 10, 2011 3:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A former Baton Rouge priest may have to stand trial for molesting children. In an interview two years ago with News 2, Christopher Springer, 84, admitted he molested boys during his time in Baton Rouge. Springer worked in the Diocese of Baton Rouge for 12 years.... more »
  • Parents sue Priest over Pregnancy

    August 27, 2010 8:01 PM

    Parents of a teenaged girl in Allentown, Pennsylvania sued a Catholic Priest for getting her pregnant and they have proof he's the father. They secretly videotaped Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito having sex with their 18-year-old in the basement of their home. The parents say they became suspicious and installed... more »
  • Suit: Priest impregnates Pennsylvania teenager

    August 27, 2010 1:11 PM

    A Pennsylvania couple secretly videotaped a Roman Catholic priest having sex with their teenage daughter in the basement of their home and are now suing, saying he got her pregnant. The lawsuit alleges that the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito carried on a sexual relationship with a teenage girl... more »
  • Priest accused of stealing pleads not guilty

    July 21, 2010 12:25 PM

    A Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut has pleaded not guilty to charges he stole $1.3 million in church money over seven years to use for male escorts, expensive clothing and luxury hotels and restaurants. The Rev. Kevin J. Gray, former pastor at Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was... more »
  • Alleged priest killer wants trial moved

    June 22, 2010 5:31 AM

    The attorney for a Houma man accused of killing a priest nearly 18 years ago wants the upcoming trial moved from Lafourche Parish. Derrick Odomes faces first-degree murder in the 1992 slaying of the Rev. Hunter Horgan inside the rectory of St. John's Episcopal Church in Thibodaux. Odomes was 14... more »
  • Trial set for man accused in death of minister

    May 21, 2010 10:37 AM

    The trial of a man accused of killing a Thibodaux priest nearly 18 years ago will likely go forward in August, though a judge ruled two months ago he can not be sentenced for the crime because he was a juvenile at the time of the alleged murder. District... more »
  • Vatican: Pope may apologize for sex abuse by priests

    April 28, 2010 1:21 PM

    Pope Benedict XVI may issue a mea culpa for the church's handling of clerical sexual abuse cases when he attends a meeting of the world's clergy in June, the Vatican official in charge of handling abuse cases said. Cardinal William Levada also said he intended to hold up the... more »
  • Pedophile ex-priest Gilbert Gauthe out of jail

    April 26, 2010 2:53 PM

    A priest convicted of molesting children in one of the first of the modern church abuse scandals is out of jail after serving two years for violating the Texas sex offender registration law. The Daily World reports 64-year-old Gilbert Gauthe was released last week from Galveston County jail, where... more »
  • Files show Pope Benedict resisted action against abuser

    April 9, 2010 1:05 PM

    Church files show that before becoming pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger resisted defrocking a California priest who molested children. A 1985 letter signed by Ratzinger cited concerns about the effect that removing the priest would have on "the good of the universal church." The correspondence was obtained exclusively by... more »
  • Judge: Priest-slaying suspect can't serve time if convicted

    March 12, 2010 7:08 AM

    A judge has ruled that a man charged with the 1992 killing of a Thibodaux priest cannot receive prison time if convicted. Derrick Odomes, of Houma, is accused of first-degree murder in the killing of the Rev. Hunter Horgan when he was 14. A State District Judge says Odomes can't... more »
  • Priest plays poker in televised card game

    December 22, 2009 8:34 PM

    A priest from South Carolina missed the big jackpot but won $100,000 for his church playing in a televised poker tournament that can be seen this weekend. The Rev. Andrew Trapp of Myrtle Beach says he hopes his participation gives viewers a "fun twist" on their perceptions of priests. Trapp... more »

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