NJ church organist faces child sex assault charges

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a longtime church organist in southern New Jersey is accused of sexually assaulting five young boys over a 30-year period. Winslow police say 71-year-old Joseph Cuthbert of Sicklerville faces five counts each of ...

Synagogue bombings trial to remain in Bergen Co.

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A judge in Bergen County has refused a request to move the trial of a man accused of firebombing synagogues out of the county. Through his attorney, Aakash Dalal had sought to move the upcoming trial because he's accused of ...

Archbishop’s retirement home undergoing expansion

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A major expansion is under way at the northwestern New Jersey home where the Archbishop of Newark will live once he retires. The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1jLyQIO) reports the new three-story, 3,000-square-foot wing at the ...

Man sentenced in sex abuse victims monument case

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who used a sledgehammer to destroy a monument to victims of clergy sexual abuse will not be going to prison. Gordon Ellis was sentenced Friday to two years of probation and ordered to pay $7,500 restitution. ...

Man admits destroying sex abuse victims monument

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted using a sledgehammer to destroy a monument to victims of clergy sexual abuse. Morris County authorities say Gordon Ellis pleaded guilty Wednesday to a downgraded charge of criminal mischief as ...

Ex-NJ youth pastor sentenced for child sex assault

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The former youth pastor of a central New Jersey church has received a 10-year state prison sentence for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy more than a decade ago. Middlesex County prosecutors say 48-year-old Jeffrey ...

Rutgers Legal Expert: Nuns’ Challenge of Contraceptive Mandate ‘Unusual’

Colorado nuns have filed a legal challenge claiming the mandate providing contraceptives to employers goes against their religious beliefs. Rutgers legal expert Ron Chen says it's unusual to ask for a stay because the law already has a religious exemption.

NJ Catholic diocese buys mansion for bishop

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden has bought a mansion from Rowan University to use for the bishop's home and church functions. Diocese spokesman Peter Feuerherd tells the Courier-Post (http://on.cpsj.com/1g2O3QL ) that ...

Arson attempted at atheist billboard in NJ

PITMAN, N.J. (AP) — Police say someone tried to torch a billboard in New Jersey that was put up by atheists to protest a "Keep Christ in Christmas" banner. The billboard proclaims "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia," a reference to an ancient celebration ...

Atheist group uses NJ billboard for protest

PITMAN, N.J. (AP) — An atheist group that has been protested a southern New Jersey community's "Keep Christ in Christmas" banner has taken a new tactic this year. The Madison, Wisc.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has rented a billboard in ...