Trial starts for rabbi who allegedly ran divorce kidnap team

Feb 19, 2015

Trial starts for rabbi who allegedly ran divorce kidnap team

An Orthodox rabbi went on trial Wednesday for allegedly employing a kidnap team to force Jewish men to divorce their wives. Orthodox Rabbi Mendel Epstein and his three co-defendants — son David Epstein, Jay Goldstein and Binyamin Stimler — face kidnapping charges stemming from ...

American wife wins record British divorce settlement

Nov 28, 2014

American wife wins record British divorce settlement

The estranged wife of a London financier was awarded £337 million ($530 million) on Thursday in one of the biggest divorce settlements seen in a British court. Details of the payment to U.S.-born Jamie Cooper-Hohn, 49, emerged after a draft judgment was given to ...

Oct 17, 2014

Bishops slam brakes on reform push for gays and divorcees

Catholic bishops have spoken out against a landmark Vatican report calling for a more open approach to gay believers, presenting a series of strongly worded changes bound to disappoint progressives. A preliminary report on Monday for a special synod of bishops in the Vatican ...

Conservative bishops move away from gay overture

Oct 15, 2014

Conservative bishops move away from gay overture

Conservative Catholic bishops distanced themselves Tuesday from a document showing an unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced people, saying it doesn’t reflect their views and vowing to make changes to the final version. The provisional document produced at the halfway point of a two-week ...

Catholic bishops in 'seismic' opening toward gays

Oct 14, 2014

Catholic bishops in 'seismic' opening toward gays

Gay rights groups hailed a “seismic shift” by the Catholic Church toward gays on Monday after bishops said homosexuals had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexuals with “precious” support. In a preliminary report half-way through a ...

Sep 19, 2014

Cardinals debate marriage, divorce before crucial meeting

The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis. Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Francis’ favorite theologians to task over an issue dear to the pope’s heart: Whether Catholics ...