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 ...

Catholic school fires gay teacher, drawing protest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The backlash has been sharp and swift for administrators at a Roman Catholic high school near Philadelphia who fired a gay teacher. School officials say they had no choice but to fire Michael Griffin after he sought to marry ...

Mexicans in NJ, worldwide, mark Guadalupe day

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — Mexicans across New Jersey are celebrating the patron saint of their homeland. Thursday marks the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a depiction of the Virgin Mary that is beloved by Mexican Catholics. In Passaic, where ...

Founder to be reinterred as a US monastery closes

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey diocese will be moving the remains of a French-born Dominican friar who was a founder of religious communities dedicated to reciting the rosary. The Rev. Damien Marie Saintourens (dah-mee-EHN' ma-REE' ...

Byzantine Catholics welcome new bishop

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — Byzantine Catholics in 84 parishes from Maine to Florida have a new bishop. The Most Rev. Kurt Burnette was ordained the fifth bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic on Wednesday. Pope Francis appointed Burnette to ...

Film About Rabbi Prinz is Made

Rachel Fisher and Rachel Pasternak made the film Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent about how strongly Rabbi Prinz felt about the Civil Rights Movement.

Delaware jury awards $2.4M in clergy abuse case

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal jury in Delaware has awarded $2.4 million to a New Jersey man who claimed he was abused as a boy more than 30 years ago by a cleric who worked in the Archdiocese of New York. Forty-four-year-old Brian Elliott said ...

Prosecutor Will Not Make Same Agreement With Priests

Following Father Michael Fugee's resignation from the church after violating an agreement that he have no contact with minors, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said that he will not longer make similar agreements with priests.

NJ priest in court flap agrees to leave priesthood

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey priest who admitted violating a court order to refrain from unsupervised contact with minors has agreed to leave the priesthood. Prosecutor John Molinelli of Bergen County said Friday that Michael Fugee has agreed ...

Fla. priest takes command of NJ Episcopal Diocese

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A priest from Florida has been installed as the 12th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. A consecration ceremony was held Saturday at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton for the Rev. William Stokes. He was formally welcomed ...