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clergy abuse victims favor survivors' compensation plan over archdiocese proposa


an overwhelming majority of victims of clergy sex abuse in the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis favor a compensation plan submitted by a creditors’ committee, attorneys representing the victims said thursday.according to the attorneys, 406 people who have been victims of abuse in the archdiocese, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, recently voted on competing compensation plans. u.s. bankruptcy court judge robert kressel ruled late last year that the proposals would be voted on by victims, but the final decision on what plan prevails remains up to the court.of those voting, 94 percent favored a plan submitted by an abuse survivors’ committee over one submitted by the archdiocese, according to victims’ attorney jeff anderson.the plan from the archdiocese includes a fund of






clergy abuse victims favor survivors' compensation plan over archdiocese proposa


an overwhelming majority of victims of clergy sex abuse in the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis favor a compensation plan submitted by a creditors' committee, attorneys representing the victims said thursday.according to the attorneys, 406 people who have been victims of abuse in the archdiocese, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, recently voted on competing compensation plans. u.s. bankruptcy court judge robert kressel ruled late last year that the proposals would be voted on by victims, but the final decision on what plan prevails remains up to the court.of those voting, 94 percent favored a plan submitted by an abuse survivors' committee over one submitted by the archdiocese, according to victims' attorney jeff anderson.the plan from the archdiocese includes a fund of






peter laird, archbishop nienstedt's former top deputy, leaves priesthood


peter laird, the former vicar general of the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis during the controversial tenure of archbishop john nienstedt, has left the priesthood.laird spent nearly 20 years in high-profile roles in the archdiocese. he abruptly resigned as second-in-command in october 2013, a day following courtroom allegations that the archdiocese had mishandled the case of a priest found to possess pornography.it was the start of a clergy abuse scandal that rocked the diocese for the next three years.laird, who later said he urged nienstedt to resign as well, was among a handful of clergy in nienstedt’s inner circle, evaluating church responses to clergy abuse allegations and other matters. he petitioned the vatican for removal from the priesthood in january 2014.“i have recently






peter laird, archbishop nienstedt's former top deputy, leaves priesthood


peter laird, the former vicar general of the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis during the controversial tenure of archbishop john nienstedt, has left the priesthood.laird spent nearly 20 years in high-profile roles in the archdiocese. he abruptly resigned as second-in-command in october 2013, a day following courtroom allegations that the archdiocese had mishandled the case of a priest found to possess pornography.it was the start of a clergy abuse scandal that rocked the diocese for the next three years.laird, who later said he urged nienstedt to resign as well, was among a handful of clergy in nienstedt's inner circle, evaluating church responses to clergy abuse allegations and other matters. he petitioned the vatican for removal from the priesthood in january 2014."i have recently






peter laird, archbishop nienstedt's top deputy, leaves priesthood


peter laird, the former vicar general of the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis during the controversial tenure of archbishop john nienstedt, has left the priesthood.laird spent nearly 20 years in high-profile roles in the archdiocese. he abruptly resigned as second-in-command in october 2013, a day following courtroom allegations that the archdiocese had mishandled the case of a priest found to possess pornography.it was the start of a clergy abuse scandal that rocked the diocese for the next three years.laird, who later said he urged nienstedt to resign as well, was among a handful of clergy in nienstedt’s inner circle, evaluating church responses to clergy abuse allegations and other matters. a former vice rector at st. paul seminary, he petitioned the vatican for removal from the






peter laird, archbishop nienstedt's top deputy, leaves priesthood


peter laird, the former vicar general of the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis during the controversial tenure of archbishop john nienstedt, has left the priesthood.laird spent nearly 20 years in high-profile roles in the archdiocese. he abruptly resigned as second-in-command in october 2013, a day following courtroom allegations that the archdiocese had mishandled the case of a priest found to possess pornography.it was the start of a clergy abuse scandal that rocked the diocese for the next three years.laird, who later said he urged nienstedt to resign as well, was among a handful of clergy in nienstedt’s inner circle, evaluating church responses to clergy abuse allegations and other matters. a former vice rector at st. paul seminary, he petitioned the vatican for removal from the






peter laird, archbishop nienstedt's top deputy, leaves priesthood


peter laird, the former vicar general of the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis during the controversial tenure of archbishop john nienstedt, has left the priesthood.laird spent nearly 20 years in high-profile roles in the archdiocese. he abruptly resigned as second-in-command in october 2013, a day following courtroom allegations that the archdiocese had mishandled the case of a priest found to possess pornography.it was the start of a clergy abuse scandal that rocked the diocese for the next three years.laird, who later said he urged nienstedt to resign as well, was among a handful of clergy in nienstedt’s inner circle, evaluating church responses to clergy abuse allegations and other matters. a former vice rector at st. paul seminary, he petitioned the vatican for removal from the






minnesota clergy abuse victims favor survivors' panel plan


st. paul, minn. — an overwhelming majority of victims of clergy sex abuse in the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis favor a compensation plan submitted by a creditors' committee.attorneys representing the victims say 406 people voted on competing compensation plans. of those voting, 94 percent favored a plan by the survivors' committee over one submitted by the archdiocese, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015.archbishop bernard hebda says the balloting does not necessarily dictate the final plan.the plan from the archdiocese includes a fund of more than $155 million for abuse victims who filed claims in bankruptcy court. the bulk of that money comes from insurance payments. a plan by the survivors' committee calls for the archdiocese to increase its contributions to the vict






guam's catholics to vatican: defrock archbishop, heal the church


catholic s groups against the island's archbishop say the vatican now should have more then enough evidence to remove him.        






vatican mulls possible miracle by slain cleric, church authorities in el salvado


apmarch 5, 2017, 11:02 pmpeople attend mass in the tomb of archbishop oscar romero during the visit by vatican official, italian archbishop vincenzo paglia (out of frame) in san salvador, on march 11, 2015. paglia gave details on the beatification of the late archbishop oscar romero, which will take place next may 23 in san salvador. marvin recinos/afp/getty images san salvador, el salvador -- the vatican is studying a possible miracle attributed to slain archbishop oscar romero that could lead to the once-controversial cleric’s canonization, roman catholic authorities in el salvador said sunday.san salvador archbishop jose luis escobar alas told reporters that church officials in the country are “convinced” of the miracle’s authenticity. he cautioned that it could take a long time for the






drive-thru viewing comes to memphis funeral home


closeskip in skipxembedxshare r. bernard funeral services debuted drive-thru viewing when it opened in january. yolanda jones/the commercial appealthe drive-thru is a convenience for those who have difficulty getting out of their cars, said ryan bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services in memphis. the funeral home is located in an old bank building.(photo: brad vest, the (memphis) commercial appeal) 944 connect 1 linkedinemailmorememphis — when ryan bernard bought an old bank building in southeast memphis, he found an unusual use for the drive-thru window.bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services, offers grieving loved ones the chance to pay their last respects conveniently from their car. guests drive up and view the body through a bullet-proof window. the drive-thru visitation s






drive-thru viewing comes to memphis funeral home


closeskip in skipxembedxshare r. bernard funeral services debuted drive-thru viewing when it opened in january. yolanda jones/the commercial appealthe drive-thru is a convenience for those who have difficulty getting out of their cars, said ryan bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services in memphis. the funeral home is located in an old bank building.(photo: brad vest, the (memphis) commercial appeal) 795 connect 1 linkedinemailmorememphis — when ryan bernard bought an old bank building in southeast memphis, he found an unusual use for the drive-thru window.bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services, offers grieving loved ones the chance to pay their last respects conveniently from their car. guests drive up and view the body through a bullet-proof window. the drive-thru visitation s






drive-thru viewing comes to memphis funeral home


closeskip in skipxembedxshare r. bernard funeral services debuted drive-thru viewing when it opened in january. yolanda jones/the commercial appealthe drive-thru is a convenience for those who have difficulty getting out of their cars, said ryan bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services in memphis. the funeral home is located in an old bank building.(photo: brad vest, the (memphis) commercial appeal) 869 connect 1 linkedinemailmorememphis — when ryan bernard bought an old bank building in southeast memphis, he found an unusual use for the drive-thru window.bernard, owner of r. bernard funeral services, offers grieving loved ones the chance to pay their last respects conveniently from their car. guests drive up and view the body through a bullet-proof window. the drive-thru visitation s






turning the humble quilt into a powerful symbol of choice


cindy bernard’s delicate watercolors at richard telles fine art document sections of a crazy quilt created by a distant relative, gladys osmond. bernard became fascinated by the quilt as an object created out of necessity from castoff materials, and as a document of a particular moment and aesthetic sensibility.bernard’s drawings are something of a dissection: each one features only a few panels of the quilt on a plain white ground. we never see the object in its entirety, but bernard’s disciplined images allow us to focus on the myriad small decisions osmond made in constructing the quilt.cindy bernard, "panels 14, 20, 21, 28, 38 (gladys osmond, beaches, newfoundland, 2013),” 2017. (marten elder / richard telles fine art)in some ways, bernard has reverse-engineered the quilt, making paper






nigerian archbishop filibus elected head of lutheran church


johannesburg — a nigerian archbishop has become president of the lutheran church.archbishop musa panti filibus was elected as head of the lutheran world federation on saturday at an assembly held in windhoek, the capital of namibia.filibus, 57, is the second church leader from africa to lead the lutheran federation since it was founded in 1947.he comes from the northeast region of nigeria, which has endured attacks by the boko haram islamic extremist group. the lutheran federation says many churches in the area had to suspend activities two years ago to avoid militant assaults during worship services.filibus replaces bishop munib younan, who had served as president since 2010.






joachim meisner, retired cologne archbishop, dies at 83


berlin — joachim meisner, the former archbishop of cologne and a prominent conservative voice in the german church, has died. he was 83.the cologne archdiocese said meisner died wednesday while on holiday in bad fuessing, near the austrian border.born christmas day in 1933 in the eastern german city of breslau, which is today the polish city of wroclaw, meisner's family fled to the state of thuringia in 1945 ahead of the advancing red army at the end of world war ii.he studied theology in the city of erfurt, and was ordained in 1962.after advancing up the catholic hierarchy, meisner became the archbishop of cologne in 1989 and served in that role until 2014, staying five years past the retirement age of 75 at the request of pope benedict xvi.






archbishop tells pm to 'draw the poison from brexit'


image copyrightpaimage caption the archbishop of canterbury justin welby urged mrs may to set up a cross-party commission the archbishop of canterbury has urged the prime minister to set up a cross-party commission to "draw much of the poison" from brexit negotiations.writing in the mail on sunday, justin welby said that "a country united after brexit is essential". he argued the country needed to create a united negotiating strategy for exiting the eu.he said the commission should be under the authority of parliament, and chaired by a senior politician.the archbishop wrote that - with a hung parliament - there was "an understandable temptation for every difference to become a vote of confidence".but he said that would be a "disaster", as british negotiators would not have "confidence in t






archbishop tells pm to 'draw the poison from brexit'


image copyrightpaimage caption the archbishop of canterbury justin welby urged mrs may to set up a cross-party commission the archbishop of canterbury has urged the prime minister to set up a cross-party commission to "draw much of the poison" from brexit negotiations.writing in the mail on sunday, justin welby said that "a country united after brexit is essential". he argued the country needed to create a united negotiating strategy for exiting the eu.he said the commission should be under the authority of parliament, and chaired by a senior politician.the archbishop wrote that - with a hung parliament - there was "an understandable temptation for every difference to become a vote of confidence".but he said that would be a "disaster", as british negotiators would not have "confidence in t






uk child migrant told archbishop about orphanage beatings


image copyrightstate library of south australiaimage caption the child migrant was sent to goodwood orphanage near adelaide in australia british girls at an australian orphanage told a visiting archbishop they were being beaten by its mother superior, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (iicsa) has heard. an anonymous witness told the inquiry the girls were "thrashed" with a chair leg after telling the then archbishop of adelaide matthew beovitch. the former child migrant said "she was beaten into submission" by the time she left goodwood orphanage near adelaide.she was sent to australia in 1949.she was one of thousands of children moved from the uk to australia after world war two.how will the inquiry work?the abuse scandal of the british children sent abroadon the fifth day o






uk child migrant told archbishop about orphanage beatings


image copyrightstate library of south australiaimage caption the child migrant was sent to goodwood orphanage near adelaide in australia british girls at an australian orphanage told a visiting archbishop they were being beaten by its mother superior, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (iicsa) has heard. an anonymous witness told the inquiry the girls were "thrashed" with a chair leg after telling the then archbishop of adelaide matthew beovitch. the former child migrant said "she was beaten into submission" by the time she left goodwood orphanage near adelaide.she was sent to australia in 1949.she was one of thousands of children moved from the uk to australia after world war two.how will the inquiry work?the abuse scandal of the british children sent abroadon the fifth day o






san francisco archbishop who pushed to ban gay marriage dies


san francisco (ap) — a retired san francisco archbishop who helped lead a contentious and successful 2008 california ballot measure to ban gay marriage has died. he was 80.archbishop george h. niederauer died tuesday of lung cancer at a san rafael, california, care facility, archbishop salvatore j. cordileone said in an online announcement .it said niederauer “was known for his spiritual leadership, intelligence and wisdom, compassion and humor, and was always focused on his responsibility to live and teach the faith.”niederauer loved to read, watch independent films and play bridge, the san francisco chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/2pfsnkh) wednesday.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.he also admitted to being a well-intentioned but “dreadful” high school trombone






joachim meisner, retired cologne archbishop, dies at 83


berlin — joachim meisner, the former archbishop of cologne and a prominent conservative voice in the german church, died wednesday, his archdiocese said. he was 83.meisner died while on vacation in bad fuessing, in bavaria, the roman catholic archdiocese of cologne said.born christmas day in 1933 in the eastern german city of breslau, which is today the polish city of wroclaw, meisner and his family fled westward ahead of the advancing red army at the end of world war ii. he grew up in what became communist east germany.meisner studied theology in the city of erfurt, and was ordained in 1962. he was made archbishop of berlin in 1980 and became a cardinal three years later.after advancing up the catholic hierarchy, meisner became the archbishop of cologne in 1989 and served in that role unt






medicaid cut in gop health bill worries the nursing home set


fort lauderdale, fla. — amy bernard and her brother kept their mother out of a nursing home as long as they could, until parkinson's and dementia took their toll and she was seriously injured in a fall.bernard is happy with her mother's nursing home care, but it comes at a steep price: $7,000 per month, an amount that would be way beyond the older woman's means if not for medicaid, which picks up $3,000 of the tab.which is why bernard and many other americans like her are watching the health care debate on capitol hill with trepidation.the senate republicans' plan to repeal and replace president barack obama's affordable care act would cut projected medicaid spending over the next decade by 25 percent.supporters of the bill say nursing home subsidies would not suffer significant cuts, but






medicaid cut in gop health bill worries the nursing home set


fort lauderdale, fla. (ap) — amy bernard and her brother kept their mother out of a nursing home as long as they could, until parkinson’s and dementia took their toll and she was seriously injured in a fall.bernard is happy with her mother’s nursing home care, but it comes at a steep price: $7,000 per month, an amount that would be way beyond the older woman’s means if not for medicaid, which picks up $3,000 of the tab.which is why bernard and many other americans like her are watching the health care debate on capitol hill with trepidation.the senate republicans’ plan to repeal and replace president barack obama’s affordable care act would cut projected medicaid spending over the next decade by 25 percent.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.supporters of the bill say






george h. niederauer, san francisco archbishop who pushed for same-sex marriage


a san francisco archbishop who pushed a divisive yet successful 2008 california ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage has died.george h. niederauer died tuesday of lung cancer at a san rafael care facility, the archdiocese of san francisco announced. he was 80.niederauer was regarded as a compassionate and tolerant leader when he was named archbishop after serving more than a decade as bishop of salt lake city, shifting from what then was one of the most conservative dioceses to the very epicenter of the gay rights movement.before arriving in 2005, niederauer told the los angeles times that he would be evenhanded in carrying out his new duties and was fully aware that he would be settling into a diocese — and a city — that was far more liberal than his prior congregation.“i’m not into la






pope names thompson indianapolis archbishop


vatican city — pope francis has named monsignor charles thompson as the new archbishop of indianapolis, the vatican announced tuesday.thompson, a canon lawyer, replaces cardinal joseph tobin, whom francis moved to newark, new jersey last year.thompson, a 56-year old native of louisville, kentucky, has been bishop of evansville since 2011.thompson has also taught canon law at the saint meinrad school of theology, where he studied.






archbishop in sicily bans mafia from being godfathers


image copyrightapimage caption corleone, which gave its name to the mafia family in 'the godfather', lies in the bishop's diocese an archbishop in sicily has moved to reclaim the term "godfather" from the mafia - by banning gangsters from taking the role at baptisms. michele pennisi, a vocal mafia critic, has his diocese in monreale, near palermo.he said he wanted to challenge the idea that crime bosses have a paternal side. "the mafia has always taken the term godfather from the church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability," he told afp."whereas in fact, the two worlds are completely incompatible."archbishop pennisi's diocese includes the notorious village of corleone, a vendetta-torn enclave made famous by mario puzo's novel the godfather. the cleric last made headlines i






archbishop in sicily bans mafia from being godfathers


image copyrightapimage caption corleone, which gave its name to the mafia family in 'the godfather', lies in the bishop's diocese an archbishop in sicily has moved to reclaim the term "godfather" from the mafia - by banning gangsters from taking the role at baptisms. michele pennisi, a vocal mafia critic, has his diocese in monreale, near palermo.he said he wanted to challenge the idea that crime bosses have a paternal side. "the mafia has always taken the term godfather from the church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability," he told afp."whereas in fact, the two worlds are completely incompatible."archbishop pennisi's diocese includes the notorious village of corleone, a vendetta-torn enclave made famous by mario puzo's novel the godfather. the cleric last made headlines i






oscars 2017 live updates: long sleeves, glam and politics on the red carpet


sony pictures classics executive tom bernard is not one to hold his tongue. and he's really not likely to shy away when it comes to the subject of the foreign-language race, in which asghar farhadi's "the salesman" has lately eclipsed maren ade's ‎"toni erdmann" as the frontrunner. german submission "erdmann" appeared to be coasting to a win when farhadi, who is iranian, said he would be boycotting the ‎oscars to protest president trump's ban. that turned the tide for the director, leading to coverage -- and a potential voting shift -- that didn't sit well with sony pictures classics. "it's fake news that will give asghar the oscar," bernard told the times as he walked in to the dolby theatre sunday afternoon. "the media has made the foreign race about a vote against trump and not about th






‘she was never the same’: calgary jury finds man guilty of rape committed 22 yea


a jury has found wayne howard bernard guilty of the brutal rape of a calgary grandmother 22 years ago.bernard was on trial for sexual assault with a weapon, kidnapping and robbery in connection with the attack on march 28, 1995.the victim, maureen, whose real name is protected by a publication ban, died in 2007 — a month before dna evidence finally led to a breakthrough in her case.her daughters wept in court wednesday as a jury handed down the guilty verdict.“our mom came home to us that day (but) she was never the same after that awful morning. she was not killed, but her sparkle was gone and her spirit was forever extinguished,” one of her daughters read from a prepared statement.“we are relieved to finally have justice for our mom and finally have answers that we were seeking. she can






ex-archbishop lord carey resigns after child abuse review


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption lord carey has apologised to the victims of peter ball the former archbishop of canterbury lord carey has resigned from his last formal role in the church after a review into historical child sex abuse.lord carey was criticised in an independent review of the church's handling of abuse carried out by bishop peter ball, who was jailed in 2015. dame moira gibb's review revealed lord carey failed to pass information on ball to the police back in 1992.justin welby, current archbishop of canterbury, asked lord carey to resign.lord carey had been given a role as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of oxford, a position given to many retired bishops.ball, who is now 85, was jailed for 32 months in october 2015 after admitting sex offences against 1






finding a place for faith in a post-christian america


since before the ink on the constitution dried, the catholic church in america has struggled to come to terms with america. archbishop charles chaput’s new book, “strangers in a strange land: living the catholic faith in a post-christian world,” comes at a strange moment in that struggle.readers familiar with this genre will find much familiar about strangers in a strange land. like other catholic essayists of the john paul ii school, archbishop chaput’s tone is avuncular. his footnotes are thorough, but not showy. like george weigel and fr. richard john neuhaus, chaput draws on many authorities to make his case for him, from saints to sociologists, historians to other catholic writers (including weigel and neuhaus). in this way, chaput sets himself within a tradition that he recognizes as






from the archives: cardinal mcintyre retires


cardinal mcintyre was replaced by archbishop timothy j. manning, 60.mcintyre, who became archbishop in 1948, was widely credited for overseeing the rapid growth of the archdiocese. during his first 15 years, the number of parishes increased from 221 to 297, parochial schools more than doubled from 159 to 327, and pupils tripled from 52,010 to 174, 110.a different but very similar frame by times staff photographer john malmin was published with the story on mcintyre's retirement. this photo was published with a 1997 times book review of "his eminence of los angeles: james francis cardinal mcintyre."this post was originally published on feb. 2, 2011.see more from the los angeles times archives here






archbishop murphy cruises to third straight 2a boys soccer title


the wildcats romped past east valley of yakima 8-0 to complete a perfect 22-0-0 season. seniors matt williams and jensen crisler each recorded a hat trick.sumner – there appeared to be no resistance. things came so easy.the archbishop murphy high school boys soccer team was that much of a force, culminating an unbeaten season with superior effort and a blowout for the decades.senior forwards matt williams and jensen crisler both supplied a hat trick as archbishop murphy made history with its third state consecutive title in a 8-0 knockout of east valley of yakima in the class 2a state championship match at sunset chev stadium.“it feels pretty magical,” said williams, who finished with 37 goals and 16 assists this season. “for a lot of us, this is our last game and to go out like this is so






bernard matthews sale 'failed to protect pensions'


image copyrightgeograph/mark boyerimage caption bernard matthews employs workers across norfolk and suffolk a private equity firm has been criticised for rejecting a buyout offer for bernard matthews that would have protected the firm's pension scheme.rutland partners refused to sell the firm outright to food tycoon ranjit boparan last summer, letters released by the work and pensions committee have revealed.instead it opted for a pre-pack administration - which "drastically reduced" the amount recoverable by its pension scheme.this offloaded the pension costs on the state pension protection fund (ppf).pre-pack administration arrangements allow a pre-arranged buyer to take on a company's assets, but without liabilities such as its pension deficit.bernard matthews employs workers at great w






bernard matthews sale 'failed to protect pensions'


image copyrightgeograph/mark boyerimage caption bernard matthews employs workers across norfolk and suffolk a private equity firm has been criticised for rejecting a buyout offer for bernard matthews that would have protected the firm's pension scheme.rutland partners refused to sell the firm outright to food tycoon ranjit boparan last summer, letters released by the work and pensions committee have revealed.instead it opted for a pre-pack administration - which "drastically reduced" the amount recoverable by its pension scheme.this offloaded the pension costs on the state pension protection fund (ppf).pre-pack administration arrangements allow a pre-arranged buyer to take on a company's assets, but without liabilities such as its pension deficit.bernard matthews employs workers at great w






wolves-brooklyn game recap


game recapimpact playerkarl-anthony towns, wolveshe had his ninth 30-point game of the season, out-dueling nets big man brook lopez by scoring 27 points with 13 rebounds.by the numbers12-11 the wolves' record in their past 23 games.2 wolves second-half turnovers, after seeing the nets score 15 points off nine first-half turnovers.4 wolves players with at least four ists.kent youngblood