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FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of fundamentalist Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court. California on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen felony counts  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Child rape charges refiled against Mexican megachurch leader

Jul. 31, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of fundamentalist Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court. California on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen felony counts  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Mexican megachurch leader charged again with child rape

Jul. 31, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis celebrates Mass to conclude his extraordinary summit of Catholic leaders summoned to Rome for a tutorial on preventing clergy sexual abuse and protecting children from predator priests. The Vatican told bishops around the world on Thursday, July 16, 2020 they should report case of clergy sex crimes to police even when not legally bound to do so, in its latest effort to compel church leaders to protect minors from predator priests. The Vatican issued a long-awaited manual for bishops and religious superiors on conducting in-house investigations into allegations of priests who rape and molest minors and vulnerable adults. (Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP)

Vatican says bishops should report sex abuse to police

Jul. 16, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican told bishops around the world on Thursday they should report cases of clergy sex crimes to police even when not legally bound to do so, in its latest effort to compel church leaders to protect minors from predator priests. The Vatican issued a long-awaited manual for bishops...

Vatican says bishops 'should' report sex abuse to police, going beyond previous advice to follow local reporting laws

Jul. 16, 2020 9:01 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican says bishops 'should' report sex abuse to police, going beyond previous advice to follow local reporting laws.

Wyoming prosecutors not pursuing retired-bishop abuse case

Jul. 15, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Prosecutors in Wyoming have again decided not to pursue sexual abuse charges against a retired Roman Catholic bishop accused of abusing boys over decades. They felt they couldn't successfully prosecute Bishop Joseph Hart after reviewing a police investigation, Natrona County assistant...

Charges against Amish bishop in sex abuse reporting reduced

Jul. 13, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

PEQUEA, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have reduced charges against an Amish bishop accused of not notifying law enforcement about a church member's alleged confession in the sexual assault of three girls. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Lancaster County prosecutors on Monday reduced a felony charge...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 12, 2020 file photo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, right, delivers his homily over mostly empty pews as he leads an Easter Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Due to coronavirus concerns, no congregants were allowed to attend the Mass which was broadcast live on local TV. The Archdiocese of New York received 15 loans worth at least $28 million just for its top executive offices. St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue was approved for at least $1 million. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AP: Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B

Jul. 10, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse...

This Aug. 8, 2018 photo shows St. Peter Cathedral in Erie, Pa., the home parish for the Catholic Diocese of Erie. In mid-March 2020, the diocese closed its churches as the coronavirus spread, limiting its access to weekly donors, and applied for funds from the Paycheck Protection Program. It also decided to withhold payments from its victim-compensation program, saying its bank had decreased a line of credit. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

Takeaways: Paycheck Protection loans and the Catholic Church

Jul. 10, 2020 6:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic caused a broad economic downturn and Depression-era unemployment rates, Washington responded with trillions of dollars in federal relief. One centerpiece was the $659 billion Paycheck Protection Program. Congress created the program to help smaller businesses...

Founder of German Schoenstatt Movement accused of abuses

Jul. 2, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

Another founder of a 20th century lay Catholic movement has been accused of abusing his power, including sexually and spiritually, with nuns in his care. A German researcher says she found evidence in newly released Vatican archives that the Holy See investigated the Rev. Josef Kentenich during the 1950s and...

Bishop: North Carolina priest kept on leave on abuse claims

Jul. 2, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Catholic priest in North Carolina will remain on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse against him were revealed last year, the Charlotte diocese's bishop said. Bishop Peter Jugis made the announcement to St. Matthew parishioners in a letter Wednesday, writing that...