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Lawsuit accusing ex-bishop of drunken sexual assault settled

Aug. 21, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit accusing the former bishop of West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese of molesting boys and men has been settled. Wheeling-Charleston Diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said in a statement the terms of the settlement are confidential. A former personal altar server sued ex-Bishop...

Priest accused of stealing nearly $100K from parish

Aug. 21, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

DOWNINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania Roman Catholic priest is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from his parish and spending it on a beach house and men he met on dating apps. The Chester County District Attorney's Office says 56-year-old Monsignor Joseph McLoone was arrested Wednesday for theft from...

The Latest: Vatican to wait before investigating Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court upholding the sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 8 p.m. The Vatican says it will let Cardinal George Pell exhaust all his appeals of his sexual abuse convictions in Australia before taking up his case in its own canon...

Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advocates demonstrating outside the court. A unanimous...

Mormon local leader charged in dressing room camera incident

Aug. 20, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Utah man who serves as a local leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is accused of illegally photographing a woman in Tennessee in a mall dressing room. According to an affidavit filed in criminal court in Nashville, the incident began last week when a woman...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Aug. 20, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

An Australian appeals court on Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. Some events in Pell's career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is appointed Archbishop of Melbourne. He molests two choir...

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

Aug. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump assumed the presidency, conservative religious leaders drew up "wish lists' of steps they hoped he'd take to oppose abortion and rein in the LGBTQ-rights movement. With a flurry of recent actions, Trump's administration is now winning their praise for aggressively...

Suit: Catholic school fired unwed teacher for being pregnant

Aug. 20, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former teacher at a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried. The Kansas City Star reports that a jury trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Michelle Bolen's lawsuit against the principal of St....

Cardinal Pell's appeal verdict due but may not be final word

Aug. 20, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn the outcome of his appeal on Wednesday though the verdict still may not be the final word on his convictions for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral more than two decades ago. The...

Sheriff: Investigation closed in racist videos, threat case

Aug. 19, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff said Monday that no one else will be charged after last month's arrest of a Catholic high school student accused of making racist videos and charged with threatening to shoot people at his private school. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced at a news...