Thursday, April 8, 2010

Norway bishop resigned after molesting boy

Church: Norway bishop resigned in '09 over abuse
OSLO – A Catholic bishop in Norway who resigned last year did so after admitting he had molested a child about 20 years earlier, when he was a priest, church officials said yesterday. The announcement came after a Norwegian newspaper pressed for an explanation for why Georg Mueller, a 58-year-old German, had stepped down unexpectedly as bishop in the western city of Trondheim in June 2009. At the time, Vatican and Norwegian church officials gave only vague reasons for Mueller's departure. It was the first case in the current wave of sexual abuse allegations — and accusations of cover-ups — against Catholic clergy in which a bishop stepped down after admitting to having molested children.

Understanding the unrest in Kyrgyzstan
Answers to four key questions about the chaos and the little-known Central Asian nation now ruled by Roza Otunbayeva. Is the goal to close imperial U.S. military base?

ACLU says UC Berkeley abused authority
BERKELEY, California — The ACLU says UC Berkeley abused its authority by punishing two student protesters accused of vandalizing the chancellor's campus home. The American Civil Liberties Union says there was little evidence of wrongdoing by Zach Bowin and Angela Miller, who were present on Dec. 11 when dozens of protesters smashed windows, lamps, and planters at Robert Birgeneau's residence. Full story

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