The Cincinnati Archdiocese says three of its priests put on administrative leave years ago after allegations of improper behavior with minors have been defrocked by Vatican officials.
The archdiocese said Tuesday that Thomas Kuhn, Thomas Feldhaus and Ronald Cooper are permanently removed from the priesthood. They had served as priests in southwest Ohio, but were barred from performing priestly acts while on leave.
There are many religious groups around the United States that practice shunning; they turn away from congregates who leave the group even those from their immediate families. Experts call shunning a form of psychological bullying.
Community Voices producer Brad Price learned about groups in the Miami Valley that practice shunning and has this story about a young man who was shunned – and how he survived.
Conservative leaders from Ohio are headed to Washington this week to lobby for immigration reform in a collaboration between businesses, evangelicals, and law enforcement. Twenty Ohio leaders are among the hundreds who have meetings set with House Republicans Tuesday. While the Senate passed a comprehensive bill earlier this year, the House has yet to bring a bill to the floor.
There’s a bill in the Ohio legislature that would give public school students credit for taking religious classes. The legislation is drawing criticism from people who worry about unintended consequences of it.
Democratic State Representative Bill Patmon says it’s time for public schools to encourage students to take part in religious instruction.
"It’s an attempt on our side to give exposure to God and religious which seemingly has been completely exorcised from our schools," says Patmon.
XavierUniversity in Cincinnati has announced that it will no longer provide birth control insurance coverage for employees.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that President of the Catholic university, Michael J. Graham,says the decision as prompted by national debate over a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law that requires insurers to provide such coverage.
Xavier says the change, announced Monday, goes into effect July 1. The university has about 950 faculty and staff and did not know how many would be affected.