March 17th, 2010
04:35 PM ET

Cardinal apologizes for child abuse 'failures'

Cardinal Sean Brady has been under fire over the investigation into a child abuse.

The head of the Irish Catholic Church, Cardinal Sean Brady, admitted Wednesday that the church's response to abuse had been "hopelessly inadequate."

"The church must continue to deal with the enormity of the hurt caused by abuse of children by some clergy ... and the hopelessly inadequate response to that abuse in the past," Brady said Wednesday.

The cardinal also apologized for his role in the church's investigation into an abusive priest in 1975.

"I want to say to anyone who has been hurt by any failure on my part that I apologize to you with all my heart," he said at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland.

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March 17th, 2010
04:33 PM ET

Sweat lodge deaths ruled accidental

The October deaths of three people who participated in a sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona have been ruled accidental, according to autopsy results released Wednesday.

Lizbeth Neuman, James Shore and Kirby Brown were among as many as 65 participants at a self-help guru's spiritual retreat near Sedona. As part of the "Spiritual Warrior" program led by best-selling author James Arthur Ray, participants sat for up to two hours inside a dome-like structure called a sweat lodge, which was covered in tarps and blankets, and had hot rocks and water inside to create steam.

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March 17th, 2010
10:17 AM ET

How does Buddhism help Tiger Woods?

On February 19, 2010, Tiger Woods made a statement about his infidelity, and talked about a plan to heal his marriage and restore his fans' faith. While we don't know the specifics about the therapy he received, we do know that he is returning to a lifestyle that includes an observance of Buddhism. Here is what he said:

"Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years.

"Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes and unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught."

With his past of stardom, wealth, success, and glory, can Woods commit to the principles of Buddhism? Will it help put his family and career back on track?

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Filed under: Culture & Science • Leaders

March 17th, 2010
09:58 AM ET

Opinion: Why pope is at center of media storm

From a distance, it may be difficult to understand why Pope Benedict XVI finds himself at the center of a media storm this week since it pivots on a single case of an abuser priest in Germany almost 30 years ago.

Yet the story could have profound implications not only for the pontiff himself, but also for the Catholic Church's ability to emerge from the sex abuse scandals that have plagued it for the last decade.

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March 17th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

Small Jewish school teaches more than just religion

Unlike many other boys his age, 17-year-old Levi Dubov wakes up excited to go to class each day.

"There is no other place like this," he says, as he finishes up breakfast in his school's basement cafeteria.

Dubov is talking about his Yeshiva school outside Minnesota's Twin Cities, known simply as MyYeshiva.

The boys' school not only focuses on the study of Judaism. It's one of a few Yeshivas nationwide that combines religious teaching with a focus on students with special learning needs.

While the school may be unique in many ways, it's still a functioning business. The rough economy hasn't passed by unnoticed. The school's director, Rabbi Moshe Weiss, acknowledges they've had difficulty making mortgage payments this past year.

If they can't come up with the remainder of the building's cost in cash or five-year pledges by May 15 - about $500,000 - they'll be forced out.

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