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In this picture taken on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 religious miniatures are displayed in a showcase at Yolanda Martinez Garcia's home, during an interview with the Associated Press, in Milan, Italy. Her son was sexually abused by one of the priests of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Legion of Christ vows better abuse response amid new scandal

Feb. 27, 2020 10:39 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order is promising accountability and transparency following damaging new revelations of sex abuse and cover-up that have undermined its credibility, a decade after revelations of its pedophile founder disgraced the order. The Legion vowed to investigate...

Ex-priest facing sex abuse charges dies before Phoenix trial

Feb. 26, 2020 5:17 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a former Phoenix-area priest who was indicted on sexual abuse charges earlier this year has died before his trial. Officials with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix say John “Jack” Spaulding died Tuesday. Court documents show the 74-year-old Spaulding had...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Feb. 26, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Cost of drill­ing: DEP raises per­mit fees to cover reg­u­la­tory ser­vices Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feb. 26 Permit fees for shale gas wells in Pennsylvania would soar by more than 150% under an...

Congressman seeks investigation of church's sex abuse deals

Feb. 26, 2020 4:40 PM EST

A congressman is asking the Department of Justice to investigate settlements to two men who say they were victims of clergy abuse at a Catholic school in Mississippi. In a letter, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson says Catholic officials "exploited" the young men, The Clarion Ledger reported. They were paid far less than...

Texarkana pastor accused of sexual assault back in custody

Feb. 25, 2020 2:24 PM EST

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A Texarkana pastor accused of sexual misconduct by 13 alleged victims on both sides of the state line is back in custody. Logan Wesley III, 56, is being held in the Bowie County jail on $1.25 million bond after a grand jury this month returned an indictment with 18 felony counts...

Former Louisiana pastor gets 60 years in child porn case

Feb. 25, 2020 1:05 PM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana pastor has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison in a child porn case. John Michael Ward, 45, pleaded guilty Nov. 19, to two counts of production of child pornography. He was sentenced last week to 30 years on each charge to run consecutively, The American...

From Left, Geraldine Dubourt, Francis Hart, Marie Ogitchida, Mikayla Maxwell and Michelle Dauphinais Echols stand on the steps of the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre, S.D. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Lawmakers killed a bill that would have given survivors of childhood sexual abuse a two-year window to sue organizations in which abuse occurred. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

S. Dakota kills bill from survivors of Catholic school abuse

Feb. 24, 2020 5:32 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Louise Aamot Charbonneau couldn't make her annual trip to the South Dakota Legislature this year to confront lawmakers with her story of surviving childhood rape and abuse at the hands of priests and nuns at a boarding school for Native Americans during the 1950s and 1960s. The...

Latter-day Saints fraud lawsuit moved to settlement hearing

Feb. 24, 2020 2:48 PM EST

Allegations of fraud against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been referred to a settlement conference by a Utah court. McKenna Denson's fraud allegations against Provo Missionary Training Center President Joseph L. Bishop and the church were dismissed more than a year ago because the statute...

Priest accused of sexual assault pleads not guilty

Feb. 24, 2020 1:22 PM EST

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting one boy and groping another has pleaded not guilty. Jaime Marin-Cardona, 51, of Danbury, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to child and illegal sexual contact, the Danbury News-Times...

Legislation would lift pain-and-suffering caps in rape cases

Feb. 24, 2020 1:15 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposed legislation in the Ohio House would lift caps on pain-and-suffering awards in lawsuits brought by rape victims. The bill introduced this month by two Democratic lawmakers stems from a 2016 Ohio Supreme Court ruling that threw out a $3.6 million jury award to a woman raped by...