Former Catholic theologian says much of the clergy is gay

Former Catholic theologian says much of the clergy is gay

The former publisher of a conservative Catholic magazine has claimed that a large share of Catholic clergy is gay, and called for the Church to change its homophobic attitude and teaching.

Church thief sent packing empty-handed by falling saint statue

Church thief sent packing empty-handed by falling saint statue

A thief who tried to break open the donation box in a church was hit on the head by a falling statue of a saint, police in Munich reported on Sunday.

Pirates who tried to capture MS Taipan to face justice this week

Pirates who tried to capture MS Taipan to face justice this week

Ten Somali men go on trial for piracy in Hamburg on Monday, the first such case in Germany in some 400 years.

Letters suggest Schering knew of birth defect problems with drug

Letters suggest Schering knew of birth defect problems with drug

Documents dating back to the late 1960s have emerged which suggest that the then pharmaceutical firm Schering, now part of Bayer, knew about birth defect problems with one of its drugs earlier than admitted.

Garden show brings in buzzards to control rabbit plague

Garden show brings in buzzards to control rabbit plague

Rabbits are causing havoc at the site of next year’s national garden show in Koblenz – by breeding like crazy and eating up all the freshly-planted flower bulbs. But local falconers have been brought in to help control the plague.

Pope says condoms are sometimes acceptable

Pope says condoms are sometimes acceptable

Pope Benedict XVI has said for the first time that using condoms is acceptable "in certain cases", notably to reduce the risk of HIV infection, in a book due out Tuesday, apparently softening his once hard-line stance.