Latest Religious scandals News

Former Rapid City priest pleads not guilty to sex charges

Nov. 25, 2020 8:01 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former Rapid City priest has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he had sexual contact with a minor and possessed child pornography. Marcin Garbacz, 42, entered his not guilty plea Tuesday to one count of possessing child pornography between July 2011 and May 2019 and...

In this March 30, 2018 photo the Rev. Robert

Church review finds Iowa professor misbehaved but can return

Nov. 24, 2020 1:39 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A well-known Roman Catholic professor will be allowed to return to teaching and the ministry with restrictions after an inquiry found he misbehaved sexually in the 1990s but not against minors, church officials in Iowa announced Tuesday. The investigation found that the allegation...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI, right, arrives in St. Peter's square at the Vatican for a general audience as his then-butler Paolo Gabriele, bottom, and his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein sit in the car with him. Paolo Gabriele, the Vatican butler who was convicted of stealing and leaking Pope Benedict XVI’s private papers in 2012, has died at age 54, the Vatican said.
Vatican News, the Holy See’s media agency, said Gabriele died Tuesday after a long illness. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Vatican butler convicted in Benedict XVI leaks case dies

Nov. 24, 2020 12:20 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Paolo Gabriele, the Vatican butler who was convicted of stealing and leaking Pope Benedict XVI’s private papers in 2012, has died. He was 54. Vatican News, the Holy See’s media portal, said Gabriele died Tuesday after a long, undisclosed illness. Gabriele's case kicked off the...

Former Rapid City priest gets nearly 8 years in theft case

Nov. 24, 2020 8:45 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former Rapid City priest accused of possessing child pornography and having sexual contact with a minor has been sentenced to nearly eight years in federal prison in a separate theft case. Marcin Garbacz was sentenced Monday to seven years and nine months in prison, following his...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013, file photo, Bishop Richard Malone, of Buffalo, speaks before distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y. A civil suit filed Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, by New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, former Bishop Malone and an auxiliary bishop sheltered and improperly financially supported accused priests by letting them retire or go on medical leave when they should have reported them to the Vatican. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

New York state sues Buffalo diocese over priest misconduct

Nov. 23, 2020 4:04 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and two former church leaders, alleging they covered up allegations of sexual misconduct and misused charitable assets by supporting predatory priests who were allowed to retire or go on leave....

Sheriff: Florida teacher faces 408 child porn charges

Nov. 21, 2020 5:01 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida high school teacher, soccer coach and church youth leader has been charged with 408 counts of child pornography possession, authorities said Saturday. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference that 46-year-old Shawn Fitzgerald possessed hundreds of...

Mississippi abuse trial delayed for ex-Catholic Church friar

Nov. 21, 2020 2:59 PM EST

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — The trial for a former Catholic Church friar accused of sex abuse at a Mississippi school has been postponed. Paul West, a former member of the Franciscan religious order, was supposed to face trial on Tuesday for allegations that he sexually molested students in the 1990s at...

Former Rapid City priest faces child pornography charges

Nov. 21, 2020 1:42 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former priest convicted of stealing $260,000 in cash donations from the Diocese of Rapid City is now accused of having sexual contact with a minor and possessing child pornography. The Rapid City Journal reports Marcin Garbacz, 42, was indicted in February but the case was only...

FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. Four alleged victims of the former Cardinal have filed a $75 million lawsuit against the Vatican that claims it should be held liable for allowing the disgraced cleric to serve in multiple positions in New York and New Jersey when it knew of numerous allegations of sexual abuse against him. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Alleging sex abuse, 4 sue Vatican over handling of McCarrick

Nov. 19, 2020 7:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Four accusers of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick have filed a lawsuit against the Vatican, arguing it should be held liable for allowing the now-disgraced cleric to serve in multiple positions in New York and New Jersey when it knew of numerous allegations of sexual abuse against him. ...

Catholic bishop says he'll comply with Vatican inquiry

Nov. 18, 2020 7:08 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A California-based Roman Catholic bishop confirmed Wednesday that he is under investigation by the Vatican for his handling of abuse and misconduct cases in his former diocese in the Las Cruces area of southern New Mexico. In an online statement, Bishop Oscar Cantú confirmed a...