Latest Religious scandals News

Ex-priest priest pleads guilty in Upper Peninsula to abuse

May. 16, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) — A former Upper Peninsula priest who left Michigan years ago has pleaded guilty to a remaining sexual abuse case against him. Gary Jacobs, 75, is accused of sexually abuse teenagers in the 1980s while serving as a priest under the Catholic...

Anniversary of JP2 attack marked as Poles grapple with abuse

May. 13, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican marked the 40th anniversary of the attempt on the life of St. John Paul II with a Mass on Thursday, amid muted commemorations in Poland where the Catholic hierarchy is grappling with a legacy of failures to confront clergy sexual abuse. Cardinal...

Polish bishop resigns after probe into cover-up allegations

May. 12, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Polish bishop following a Vatican investigation into alleged negligence in addressing cases of sexual abuse of minors by priests under the bishop's authority. The forced departure of Bishop Jan Tyrawa...

Man convicted of attempted kidnapping in alleged ambush plot

May. 09, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man has been convicted in an alleged plot to ambush and kidnap law enforcement officers responding to a false distress call. A federal jury on Friday convicted 21-year-old Christian Ferguson of Cleveland of two counts...

Rachel Zoll, much-admired AP religion writer, dead at 55

May. 07, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

Rachel Zoll, who for 17 years as religion writer for The Associated Press endeared herself to colleagues, competitors and sources with her warm heart and world-class reporting skills, died Friday in Amherst, Massachusetts, after a three-year bout with brain cancer. She was 55. ...

Lawyer: Hartford Archdiocese settles claims against priest

May. 05, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who accused a Roman Catholic priest of sexually abusing him in the 1980s has agreed to a six-figure settlement with the Archdiocese of Hartford, the man's attorney announced Wednesday. The man, now 53, accused former priest...

Ex-priest accused of sexually abusing a minor 4 decades ago

May. 05, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor four decades ago. Paul David Ryan, a former Catholic priest who was assigned to a parish and school in Virginia Beach, has been indicted by a grand jury on two felony...

Senators keep South Carolina hate crime bill alive for now

May. 04, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's effort to become the next-to-last state to pass a hate crimes law survived a challenge from some Republican senators who questioned whether it is necessary to add penalties to violent crimes based on someone's motives. The Senate...

Muslim group releases bullying survey, gives recommendations

May. 04, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than 60% of Muslim youths surveyed in Massachusetts reported being mocked, verbally harassed or physically abused because of their Islamic faith, the state's chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a report released Tuesday. The...

Former Army youth ministry director admits to sexual abuse

Apr. 30, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former director of youth ministry at Fort Leonard Wood has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four minors, including during the youth group’s ski trips to Colorado and on camping trips. Forty-two-year-old David McKay, of Waynesville,...