Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Pope to bishops: Listen to abuse victims for sake of church

Sep. 18, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged European bishops on Saturday to listen to survivors of clergy sexual abuse and consider them partners in reform, warning that their failure to do so risks the very future of the Catholic Church. Francis issued a videomessage to Central...

Former Delaware pastor found liable for child sexual abuse

Sep. 17, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A woman who said her father, a former pastor of a Delaware church, sexually abused her as a child and trafficked her to other men, was awarded $1.5 million by a federal jury on Friday. Alicia Cohen, 41, said in her civil lawsuit that Ronald Cohen...

Lawsuit: Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick abused man in 1980s

Sep. 16, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

Three sex abuse lawsuits filed against a New Jersey diocese and announced Thursday include claims that defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a young man in the 1980s. The lawsuit accuses McCarrick of sexual battery against the man, who was in his late teens and...

Chicago-area priest back under scrutiny for possible abuse

Sep. 16, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago priest cleared last week of of allegations he sexually abused children 25 years ago is back under scrutiny because new information has become available, Cardinal Blase Cupich said Thursday. Cupich wrote a letter to parishioners of St....

Pope rejects German archbishop's resignation over abuse

Sep. 15, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of the archbishop of Hamburg, who offered to step down in March after a report faulted him for his handling of sexual abuse allegations in his previous diocese. The papal nuncio's office in Berlin said in a...

Polish nun, cardinal who defied communism are beatified

Sep. 12, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's top political leaders on Sunday attended the beatification of two revered figures of the Catholic church — a cardinal who led the Polish church's resistance to communism and a blind nun who devoted her life to helping others who couldn't see. ...

Church bars priest accused of child sex abuse from ministry

Sep. 11, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Catholic priest that led parishes in Massachusetts has been found guilty of sexually abusing a child in the 1960s by a church panel and barred from public ministry, the Archdiocese of Boston said Friday. Paul J. McLaughlin, a former pastor of St. Peter...

Chicago-area priest cleared of child sex abuse allegation

Sep. 09, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago has cleared a suburban priest of allegations he sexually abused children 25 years ago, Cardinal Blase Cupich said Thursday. Cupich wrote a letter to parishioners Thursday saying “there was insufficient reason suspect” the...

Diocese vows to be timely, transparent in sex abuse cases

Sep. 08, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield on Wednesday promised to adopt a series of measures intended to improve its handling of sexual abuse allegations. The measures were recommended by a task force the diocese commissioned more than a year...

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick, 91, pleads not guilty in sex assault

Sep. 03, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the once-powerful American prelate who was expelled from the priesthood for sexual abuse, pleaded not guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts nearly 50 years...