Sexual abuse by clergy

Report finds Catholic charity founder sexually abused women

PARIS (AP) — A respected Catholic figure who helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in multiple coun...
15:06 22 February 2022

Abuse victims look to Vatican after UN meetings in Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — Three deaf victims of sexual abuse by priests in Argentina wrapped up a string of meetings with United Nat...
21:50 19 February 2022

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

MILAN — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide.
13:17 17 February 2022

After abuse scandals, seminarians pledge to ‘get it right’

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. — The seminarians walk along a hallway lined with photos of classes of priests who came before them. Some are pious alumni who have bec...
2:33 17 February 2022

Lawsuit: Mexican megachurch leaders abused woman for years

LOS ANGELES — A Southern California woman says the father and son leaders of a Mexican megachurch sexually abused her for 18 years starting when she w...
1:27 14 February 2022

Pope to visit Malta on May 31 in first foreign trip of 2020

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will visit the Mediterranean island nation of Malta on May 31, the Vatican said Monday, confirming the Pope's first foreig...
12:12 10 February 2022

States use Catholic clergy abuse lists to screen applicants

In the wake of revelations that scores of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living unsupervised ...
15:25 6 February 2022

10 years after Vatican takeover, Legion in new abuse crisis

MEXICO CITY — The administrator of an elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where ...
5:00 20 January 2022

French trial exposes how church covered for predator priest

LYON, France — One of the first people to notice Bernard Preynat's unhealthy obsession for young boys was the supervisor at the seminary where, still ...
15:28 19 January 2022

French priest recounts how he abused boy scouts over decades

LYON, France — A former priest detailed Tuesday how he systematically abused boys over two decades as a French scout chaplain, and said his superiors ...
17:45 14 January 2022

Panel: Alleged pedophile wanted by Australia fit for trial

JERUSALEM — An Israeli psychiatric panel has determined that a woman facing dozens of sex-abuse charges in Australia is fit to stand trial for extradi...
16:05 9 January 2022

Court reverses $35M verdict against Jehovah’s Witnesses

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a $35 million judgment against the Jehovah's Witnesses for not reporting a girl's sexu...
3:06 9 January 2022

Church offers little outreach to minority victims of priests

The Samples were a black Chicago family, with six children and few resources. The priest helped them with tuition, clothes, bills. He offered the pro...
1:20 5 January 2022

Hundreds of accused clergy left off church’s sex abuse lists

Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating in the b...
5:02 28 December 2022

Pennsylvania dioceses offer $84M to 564 clergy abuse victims

Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84 million to 564 victims of sexual abuse, a tally that’s sure to grow substantially in the ...
14:42 26 December 2022

Vatican office struggles to keep up with clergy abuse cases

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints has seen a record 1,000 cases reported from around the world ...
21:13 20 December 2021

Vatican tribunal now overwhelmed by clergy abuse cases

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints saw a record 1,000 cases reported from around the world this ...
7:23 20 December 2021

Mormons pulling 400,000 youths out of struggling Boy Scouts

KAYSVILLE, Utah — For decades, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was one of Boy Scouts of America’s greatest allies and the largest spon...
18:40 17 December 2021

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

TOKYO — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.”
7:55 14 December 2021

Rochester diocese request led to beatification delay

NEW YORK — The Catholic diocese of Rochester, N.Y., confirms it made the request for further investigations that prompted the Vatican to take the rare...
21:00 6 December 2021

Lawsuit: McCarrick victim told pope of sex abuse in 1988

NEWARK, N.J. — A man claims in a lawsuit filed under a recently enacted New Jersey law that he told Pope John Paul II in 1988 about being sexually abu...
19:44 5 December 2021

Surge of new abuse claims threatens church like never before

NEW YORK — At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes o...
15:14 3 December 2021

Lawsuit: Ex-Cardinal McCarrick abused boy in Newark in 1990s

NEWARK, N.J. — A lawsuit alleges that former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a teenage boy in the 1990s when he was leader of the ar...
17:51 2 December 2021

A look at 15 states making it easier to sue over sex abuse

NEW YORK — Fifteen states have revised their laws in the past two years extending or suspending statute of limitations to allow child sex abuse claims...
6:00 2 December 2021

Correction: Sex Abuse-Lawsuits story

NEWARK, N.J. — In a story Nov. 30 about New Jersey sex abuse limits, The Associated Press reported erroneously the type of clients two attorneys repre...
3:16 2 December 2021

French cardinal’s career at stake in sex abuse case

LYON, France — A French cardinal said Thursday he did not understand why he was found guilty of covering up sexual abuse of children, speaking at an a...
22:21 28 November 2021

Correction: Reckoning-Where Are They Now story

In a story sent Oct. 4 and 5 about clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse living with little t...
21:24 27 November 2021

Pennsylvania overhauls child sexual abuse laws

READING, Pa. — Pennsylvania overhauled its child sexual abuse laws Tuesday, more than a year after a landmark grand jury report showed the cover-up of...
23:08 26 November 2021

Vatican charity knew in 2017 of Africa sex abuse concerns

TOKYO — The Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis charity says it learned in 2017 of pedophilia concerns involving its Central African Republic director, ...
20:44 23 November 2021

The cost of coming forward: 1 survivor’s life after #MeToo

GREENSBORO, N.C. (RNS) —Megan Lively glanced down furtively to the copious notes she had jotted in a thick spiral-bound notebook resting in her lap.
22:22 21 November 2021