Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting teenage girl has a secret wife after marrying abroad

Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting teenage girl has a secret wife after marrying abroad By Richard Hartley-parkinson PUBLISHED: 09:52 GMT, 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 GMT, 14 March 2013 A Roman Catholic priest has revealed that he is actually married at a trial in which he is accused of sexually abusing a teenager. Bradford Crown Court heard from lawyers acting for Father William Finnegan, 59, that he had confessed that he is married to a woman called Beverley Dawson. His lawyer said that he fled to Cyprus in 1999 and married Miss Dawson, keeping the marriage secret from all but their closest friends and family

Election of new Pope could come sooner than expected if enough cardinals make it to Rome to form a voting conclave in time

Election of new Pope could come sooner than expected if enough cardinals make it to Rome to form a voting conclave in timeVatican spokesman says cardinals may agree to radical proposal to bring forward the succession vote He says rules are open to 'interpretation' and there have been church talks35,000 have asked for tickets to Benedict's final audience in St Peter's Square By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 15:00 GMT, 16 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:50 GMT, 16 February 2013 The election of a new Pope could start sooner than the earliest possible date of March 15, it emerged today. Under Vatican rules, there is always a 15-20 day waiting period before Cardinals vote in a conclave after the papacy becomes vacant. But the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI that he will retire on February 28, means they will have plenty of time to get to Rome to take part in the election .

Boarding school teenager left note saying "I"m sorry" then hanged herself over move out of London

Boarding school teenager left note saying 'I'm sorry' then hanged herself over move out of LondonMillicent Waddell, 16, had left London to live in Somerset with her motherBoarding school pupil was 'angry with her situation', inquest heard'No prior indication' teen would harm herself, coroner said PUBLISHED: 21:11 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:36 GMT, 7 February 2013 'I'm sorry': Millicent Waddell had wanted to stay in London, an inquest heard A boarding school pupil hanged herself in her bathroom at home after leaving a note that simply said: 'I'm sorry', an inquest heard today Tragic Millicent Waddell, 16, locked herself in the bathroom of her mother's 400,000 home before taking her own life. Her horrified mum, Louisa-Kate Foster, discovered her body after breaking into the room when her daughter failed to respond to her knocking on the door

Teachers at Catholic schools who are gay or remarry face the sack under new rules governing "life choices"

Teachers at Catholic schools who are gay or remarry face the sack under new rules governing 'life choices'Guidance issued to Catholic schools sets out 'substantive life choices which are incompatible' with the religion's teachingsHead teachers, principals, deputy heads and heads of RE risk being 'removed from office' if rules are breachedNational Secular Society asks Education Secretary to intervene but department insists it is a matter for schools By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 14:45 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 1 February 2013 Teachers and governors at Catholic schools could be sacked if they are gay, remarry or live with a partner without tying the knot. New advice from the church warns there are ‘substantive life choices’ which are incompatible with the Church's teachings.

Firefighter shooting: Town bids mournful goodbye to firefighters slain on Christmas Eve

Town bids mournful goodbye to second firefighter slain by deranged gunman who lured him to his death on Christmas EveMichael Chiapperini's widow, Kimberly, tells throng of mourners: 'Even though I’m surrounded by wonderful people, it’s incredibly lonely. My heart is broken'Chiapperini served West Webster, New York as a volunteer fire fighter and police lieutenant The father was killed by a 62-year-old ex-con who set his own home ablaze in order to lure emergency personnel into his assault rifle's line of fireFuneral of second fire fighter also killed in maniacal attack to be held Monday | UPDATED: 04:54 GMT, 1 January 2013 A second firefighter was laid to rest in Upstate New York on Monday, exactly one week after he and a close colleague were shot to death by a crazed gunman in a horrific Christmas Eve shooting. Tomasz Kaczowka, 19, who worked as a 911 dispatcher and volunteer firefighter, was remembered during a solemn ceremony at St Stanislau Church in Rochester

Legalising gay marriage would undermine Christian view of family, claims leading Catholic archbishop

Legalising gay marriage would undermine Christian view of family, claims leading Catholic archbishopArchbishop of Birmingham says government can't see 'full consequences' Warns of impact for 'children involved or wider society' in letter to churchesRemarks are latest attack from senior Catholic on David Cameron's plans | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 30 December 2012 Outspoken: Archbishop Bernard Longley, writing in a letter to churches in his diocese, warns that plans to legalise gay marriage could tarnish the Christian view of family life Plans to legalise gay marriage would undermine the Christian view of the family, according to a leading Roman Catholic archbishop. The Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley warned that the Government cannot foresee the 'full consequences' of the proposals. In a letter to churches and chapels in his diocese, the Archbishop warned of the impact gay marriage would have on 'children involved or for wider society'

Kate"s royal twins spark a succession row, China buys Greece – and polygamy is legalised…

Kate’s royal twins spark a succession row, China buys Greece — and polygamy is legalised… | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 28 December 2012 Thought the world of politics was beyond satire Then read SIMON HEFFER’s tongue-in-cheek predictions for the coming year… Moving forward: David Cameron makes his long-awaited speech on the future of Europe, saying he wants to renegotiate our arrangement January: David Cameron makes his long-awaited speech on the future of Europe, saying he wants to renegotiate our arrangement.

Lego Maniacs! Thought Lego was for kids? Meet the men (and women) who spend 20 hours a week playing with millions of little bricks

LEGOmaniacs! Thought Lego was for kids Meet the men (and women) who spend 20 hours a week playing with their little bricks | UPDATED: 23:46 GMT, 27 December 2012 Every year for the past 20 years, secondary school teacher Michael Addis and his wife, Catherine, have built a giant Lego model in their living room.

Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of his admiration for victims of "outrageous cruelty and violence" in Christmas Day sermon

Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of his admiration for victims of 'outrageous cruelty and violence' in Christmas Day sermonDr Rowan Williams also said women bishops vote has damaged ChurchBut he points to positive Census which showed 59% of people still identified themselves as ChristianIt was his final Christmas Day sermon after serving a decade in office | UPDATED: 19:00 GMT, 25 December 2012 'Privileged': The Archbishop of Canterbury will use his last Christmas message to say how he has been inspired by meeting people who have experienced great suffering such as victims of gang violence The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke today of how he has been inspired by meeting people who have experienced great suffering, such as victims of gang violence. Delivering his final Christmas Day sermon from Canterbury Cathedral, Dr Rowan Williams also acknowledged how the General Synod's vote against allowing women to become bishops last month has damaged the credibility of the Church. But he pointed out a reason to be positive in the recently published census statistics, which indicated that 59 per cent of people still identified themselves as Christian