Latest Roman Catholicism News

Report: Diocese of Lansing mishandled 1990 sexual abuse case

Oct. 18, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing says an independent investigator determined that the diocese failed to investigate allegations that a priest had sexually assaulted a man at a boxing training camp decades ago. The diocese on Thursday released the findings of an independent...

Allegations against Catholic priest lead to his resignation

Oct. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic priest in Kentucky has resigned as pastor of a church following allegations of inappropriate contact made by two men. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that in a letter Tuesday, Bishop John Stowe accepted the resignation of the Rev. Alan Carter as pastor of Saints Peter...

Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

Oct. 17, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Based on telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, Pew said Thursday that 65% of American adults now...

Diocese pays $4.4M in abuse compensation to 57 victims

Oct. 17, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania diocese has announced a nearly $4.4 million payout to 57 victims of sexual abuse by its clergy and seminarians. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg made the announcement Thursday about the payment through the out-of-court compensation program. The Pittsburgh...

Former finance director sues Catholic Diocese of Jackson

Oct. 17, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The former finance director of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson said in a lawsuit that the diocese fired him in retaliation for his complaints over budget practices, something the diocese disputes. The Clarion Ledger reports that Arie "Aad" Mattheus de Lange filed the lawsuit earlier...

AP analysis: Most states lack laws protecting LGBT workers

Oct. 15, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

Rumors started circulating around the fire station in Byron, Georgia, within a year after the medical treatments began. The fire chief's once-crewcut hair was growing longer, and other physical changes were becoming noticeable. Keeping quiet was no longer an option. The chief said that once members of the tiny...

California sex abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims

Oct. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits will be filed against alleged child molesters as well as the institutions that employed them under a new California law taking effect next year, attorneys predicted Monday. The California School Boards Association called the new law an "existential threat" to...

Polish conservatives win lower house but lose Senate

Oct. 14, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative Law and Justice party capitalized on its popular social spending policies to win a majority in the lower house of parliament and another four-year term in government, according to final election results Monday. The party won almost 44% of votes, which translated...

Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal

Oct. 14, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's latest scandal claimed its first victim Monday as Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation. The Vatican said its police chief, Domenico Giani, bore no...

Catholic church urges Angola to declare a drought emergency

Oct. 14, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Catholic church in Angola is urging the government to declare a state of emergency over the drought that has affected at least 1 million people in the country's south. The comments on Monday, reported by the Portuguese news agency Lusa, follow a similar call last month by Angola's...