BOSTON (Reuters) – A former Massachusetts priest who figured prominently in the Roman Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal and pleaded guilty in 2002 to raping a child will be released from prison after prosecutors dropped their effort on Friday to send him to a state facility for sexual predators.
Ronald Paquin, who was defrocked in 2004, was one of the first arrested amid revelations that members of the Catholic clergy had sexually assaulted children and that bishops had covered it up.
BOSTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Democratic White House
front-runner Hillary Clinton laid out her $10 billion plan on
Thursday to tackle drug and alcohol addiction in the United
States by boosting spending on treatment for addicts.
The plan, unveiled early last month, focuses on treating
addiction, including $7.5 billion to support state and city
treatment programs, emphasizing treatment over prosecution for
low-level drug offenses and equipping all first responders with
the drug naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdoses.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Democratic White House front-runner Hillary Clinton heads to Boston on Thursday to discuss her $10 billion plan to tackle drug and alcohol addiction in the United States, a problem she has brought up repeatedly on the campaign trail.
The plan, unveiled early last month, focuses on treating addiction, including $7.5 billion to support state treatment programs, emphasizing treatment over prosecution for low-level drug offenses and equipping all first responders with the drug naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdoses.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Senator Edward Kennedy voiced frustration with President Bill Clinton’s failed effort to reform the U.S. healthcare system in the 1990s and said in interviews released on Wednesday his views on immigration were shaped by stories his grandfather told.
Kennedy, a prominent Democrat known as a “liberal lion” during a half-century in office, sat for 19 interviews with oral historians from 2005 through 2008, discussing everything from his early political career to his role in passing major U.S. civil rights legislation. He died in office in 2009.
By Scott Malone
(Reuters) – Brown University has revoked the honorary doctorate it awarded to Bill Cosby as the comedian and actor faces allegations that he sexually assaulted more than 40 women, the Ivy League school said on Tuesday.
Brown becomes the third U.S. university in the past week to revoke honorary degrees to Cosby, best known for his role as Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” which was wildly popular in the 1980s.
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis waited until his historic U.S. visit was over to make his most direct comments on the nation’s debate over gay marriage, saying government officials should have the right to refrain from actions that violate their religious beliefs.
That statement came in response to a reporter’s question on the papal plane about Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed earlier this month for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Cars returned to downtown Philadelphia’s streets, security workers took down metal gates and passersby gathered thousands of cases of bottled water left behind on Monday following Pope Francis’ historic visit over the weekend.
The city had spent months preparing for the pope, warning residents and visitors that as many as 1.5 million people could pack into Center City for a Mass on Sunday, effectively doubling Philadelphia’s population for the day.
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis confronted the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy on the final day of his first U.S. visit on Sunday, meeting with five adults abused as children and vowing to hold accountable those involved in the crimes and cover-ups.
The 78-year-old Argentine pope also celebrated Mass outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a neoclassical edifice astride a rocky hill overlooking the Schuylkill River, before hundreds of thousands of people, the largest crowd of his six-day U.S. trip.
PHILADELPHIA, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Pope Francis dove into
some of the United States’ thorniest political debates during
his historic visit by urging the world’s wealthiest nation to
welcome immigrants, to end homelessness and do more to address
Sometimes his political messages were blunt, like when he
pleaded before the U.S. Congress for Americans to end
“hostility” toward immigrants. Other times, they were more
subtle, like the climate-conscious pope’s decision to ride
around in a tiny Fiat rather than a gas-guzzling SUV.
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis took time out from the crowds in Philadelphia on Sunday to visit a prison, telling inmates that all people need to be “cleansed” and they should not view their confinement as exclusion from society.
Meeting 60 men and 11 women prisoners in a drab room at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, the Argentine-born pope stressed their time behind bars was meant to rehabilitate them. He then shook hands with each inmate, blessing all and hugging some who rose to greet him.