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Church official warns of financial flood due to abuse claims

Apr. 10, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top official with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe says a financial flood from clergy sex abuse claims is coming and a settlement would serve as the dam to prevent devastation to parishes across northern New Mexico. A letter from the Rev. Glennon...

Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse

Apr. 08, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

It was the same every night. A list of names was posted on the Rev. Richard Daschbach’s bedroom door. The child at the top of the roster knew it was her turn to share the lower bunk with the elderly priest and another elementary school-aged girl. Daschbach was idolized...

Green Bay pastor appointed to serve the Diocese of Duluth

Apr. 08, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth could finally have a new bishop in place next month following the 2019 death of its longtime leader and the resignation of his chosen replacement. The Very Rev. Daniel Felton, a longtime pastor in the Diocese of...

State House advances 2-year child sex abuse lawsuit window

Apr. 07, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House approved a bill Wednesday to establish a two-year window for civil claims over childhood sexual abuse, part of a belt-and-suspenders approach that also includes a potential constitutional amendment. The proposal was sent to...

Missouri high court OKs lawsuit against Catholic school

Apr. 07, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a lawsuit alleging a St. Louis Catholic school allowed sexual abuse against a student should continue. At issue is a lawsuit filed by a former student who graduated from Chaminade College...

Ex-church official who stole $1.2M sentenced on tax counts

Apr. 07, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former western Pennsylvania church administrator who is currently in state prison for stealing $1.2 million was sentenced to a federal prison term related to the embezzlement. David Reiter was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years and must also...

Vote signals support for child sex abuse window in bill form

Apr. 06, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state House of Representatives showed solid support Tuesday for enacting a two-year lawsuit window for child victims of sexual abuse as a regular bill, two weeks after the Legislature gave its first round of approval to a similar constitutional amendment. ...

Vatican punishes Polish churchmen for alleged abuse cover-up

Mar. 29, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Vatican said Monday that it is punishing a retired Polish archbishop and a bishop for their alleged roles in covering up sexual abuse committed by other clergymen. Former Gdansk Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz and former Bishop Edward Janiak of...

Pope grants German archbishop faulted over abuse 'time out'

Mar. 29, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has granted a “time out” to a German archbishop who offered his resignation after being faulted for his handling of allegations of sexual abuse in his previous diocese, church authorities said Monday. Hamburg Archbishop Stefan Hesse's...

Merkel's bloc dips in polls 6 months before German vote

Mar. 28, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A leading figure in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc has warned that there’s a growing “mood for change” in Germany, as surveys show voters losing faith in the long-time leader’s party six months before a national election. An...