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The Latest: Archbishop says he didn't see misconduct letter

Aug. 20, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the clerical sex abuse scandal (all times local): 12:40 a.m. The archbishop of Boston says he didn't see a letter sent to his office in 2015 concerning another archbishop's possibly inappropriate behavior with seminarians. Cardinal Sean O'Malley said Monday the letter was...

Correction: Pennsylvania Dioceses-Sex Abuse-Lawsuits story

Aug. 20, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story Aug. 16 about child sex abuse allegations in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, The Associated Press erroneously reported how a bill passed by the Pennsylvania House in 2016 would have changed state law. The legislation would have allowed lawsuits to be filed on...

Priest abuse hotline gets 400-plus calls in wake of report

Aug. 20, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say a hotline set up to get information on child sexual abuse by clergy within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses has received more than 400 calls over the past six days. A spokesman for the attorney general's office said Monday agents are returning all calls and...

Sex scandals fester at unhealthy organizations, experts say

Aug. 20, 2018 1:02 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — In a story Aug. 18 about institutions and sexual abuse, The Associated Press did not completely identify the university where James Campbell Quick is a professor. It is the University of Texas at Arlington. A clarified version of the story is below: Of all the horrific details...

New database documents Irish clergy linked to sex abuse

Aug. 20, 2018 9:56 AM EDT

DUBLIN (AP) — An international research group launched a database Monday of Irish clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children in hopes of pressing Pope Francis to disclose the names of all the priests and brothers deemed guilty by the church. BishopAccountability.org says the online...

Italy threatens to return migrants to Libya in new standoff

Aug. 19, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's firebrand interior minister threatened Sunday to return to Libya 177 migrants who have been aboard an Italian coast guard ship for days following another standoff with Malta. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini demanded that other European countries take in the migrants after his Maltese...

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era

Aug. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

As the Roman Catholic church struggles with a new wave of clergy abuse cases, several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by their own sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful churchgoers. In many ways,...

Will other states follow Pennsylvania on church abuse?

Aug. 17, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys general around the U.S. have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania's that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York's top prosecutor is an exception, saying she is...

DA: Teen who stopped attack was taught to shoot by late dad

Aug. 17, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A teenage girl drew upon gun training from her late father to fatally shoot an abusive boyfriend who was strangling her mother earlier this month in North Carolina, a prosecutor said Friday. Steven Kelley, 46, was found dead by deputies who responded Aug. 8 to a call about a shooting...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 17, 2018 2:06 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ VERMONT The Times Argus Aug. 16 We have our candidates for the upcoming gubernatorial race. The race between Democrat Christine Hallquist and incumbent Phil Scott, a Republican, should prove to be an interesting and historic matchup. Hallquist is the first transgender...