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Vatican official to stand trial on abuse charges

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/01/18, 11:01 am

An Australian judge ruled Tuesday that Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s head budget officer, must stand trial for sexual abuse charges. After four weeks of closed preliminary hearings, Magistrate Belinda Wallington dismissed about half of the charges against Pell but said the remainder had sufficient evidence to present to a jury. Pell’s high-profile career spanned decades in Australia, culminating in a 13-year stint as archbishop of Sydney before his promotion to the Vatican in 2014. Pope Francis allowed Pell a leave of absence last year to return to Australia to defend himself.

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Willow Creek elders respond to new Hybels accusations

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/23/18, 11:27 am

The elders of Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago said in a letter Saturday they could have done a better job holding former Senior Pastor Bill Hybels accountable for inappropriate behavior toward women. “Bill acknowledged that he placed himself in situations that would have been far wiser to avoid,” the elders wrote.

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Farenthold: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/AP • Williamson: National Review

A resignation, a firing, and a survival

Politics | One man fell by his hypocrisy, another took flak for his principles
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/12/18, 07:00 am

When Blake Farenthold, a conservative Republican, became on April 6 the latest member of Congress to resign following a sex scandal, some asked why he had changed his mind and left so abruptly. The harder question was, “How did he ever get elected?”

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