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Phoenix nonprofit says it will fire state Sen. Navarrete after child sex crimes arrest

Neighborhood Ministries, the faith-based nonprofit that employs state Sen. Tony Navarrete, said it has placed the Democratic lawmaker on leave following his arrest last week for allegedly molesting a boy over several years, and he will be terminated once the leave ends.... Read more»

Tucson Diocese being sued for racketeering over alleged sex abuse

A federal lawsuit accuses the Tucson Diocese and Los Angeles Diocese of violating Arizona’s racketeering laws by burying allegations that some priests sexually abused children and moving those priests from parish to parish instead of turning them over to law enforcement. ... Read more»

The winners and losers in Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget

Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget for fiscal 2020 — which was passed late Monday only after Republican lawmakers demanded changes to child sex-abuse laws — includes money for schools, infrastructure and health care. But other measures, including one that would have funded pregnancy crisis centers, were left out.... Read more»

Penn State students riot over Paterno firing

Crowds of students and community members poured into the streets of downtown State College, Pennsylvania, Wednesday night after the news that Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and the university president had been fired.... Read more»1

Irish report calls out Vatican on abuse

Ireland was shocked this week by yet another damning report on clerical abuse of children, with horrific stories of young lives ruined by predatory priests.... Read more»

Pope Benedict XVI

Priest sex abuse scandal is closing in on the pope

Opinion: He needs to stop blaming media for failings of his own leadership and his own church.... Read more»