The Archdiocese of Newark has placed priests accused of abuse in this retirement home in Rutherford, not far from two schools. Photo by Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger

Priests accused of abuse hiding in plain sight

RUTHERFORD, N.J. (RNS) Monsignor Peter Cheplic is one of at least seven alleged sexual predators quietly placed in a Rutherford retirement home for priests in the past 15 years — on the same block as a Catholic grade school. This is hardly an isolated case: Across the country, clerics who have been removed from ministry are being housed by dioceses in neighborhoods teeming with children, and residents rarely know about their presence.

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Churches, synagogues press for federal rebuilding aid after Sandy

NEPONSIT, N.Y. (RNS) The waterlogged West End Temple and other nonprofits aren’t included in the $51 billion aid package to help rebuild areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and civil liberties groups think that’s how it should stay. Others say churches and synagogues should be eligible for federal rebuilding funds. By Solange De Santis.

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N.J. lawmakers approve gay marriage, but veto looms

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Even as Gov. Chris Christie's threat of a “swift” veto looms, gay rights activists are celebrating after the state Assembly voted on Thursday (Feb. 16) on a bill to legalize same sex marriage in New Jersey. By Maryanne Spoto.