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AP PHOTOS: The most senior Catholic convicted of child abuse

Mar. 13, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The conviction and sentencing of Cardinal George Pell represent a remarkable downfall for the man who was Pope Francis' former finance minister and third-highest ranking Catholic in the Vatican. Pell, the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse, was sentenced...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Mar. 12, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian judge has sentenced Cardinal George Pell to 6 years in prison on convictions of sexually abusing two choirboys in a cathedral when he was archbishop of Australia's second-largest city more than 20 years ago. A timeline of Pell's career and the criminal case: July...

Catholic Church cardinals implicated in sex abuse, cover-ups

Mar. 7, 2019 3:17 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The conviction of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to report a known pedophile priest to police deepens the crisis confronting an already discredited Catholic Church hierarchy. The verdict handed down by magistrates Thursday shows the church's once-untouchable "princes"...

French court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuse

Mar. 7, 2019 2:38 PM EST

LYON, France (AP) — In a surprise ruling, France's senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was convicted Thursday of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police, the latest high-ranking churchman to fall in the global reckoning over clergy sex abuse and cover-ups. Magistrates in Lyon...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Feb. 25, 2019 11:45 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian jury has convicted Cardinal George Pell on charges that he sexually abused two choirboys in a cathedral when he was archbishop of Australia's second-largest city more than 20 years ago. A timeline of Pell's career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary...

Women take Catholic bishops to task at Vatican abuse summit

Feb. 23, 2019 2:19 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A prominent Nigerian nun blasted the culture of silence that has long kept clergy sexual abuse hidden in the Catholic Church, telling Catholic leaders Saturday that they must transparently admit their mistakes to restore trust among the faithful. A Mexican journalist followed up,...

Nicaraguan poet-priest Cardenal leaves hospital, thanks pope

Feb. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Renowned Nicaraguan poet and priest Ernesto Cardenal was released from a hospital Wednesday two weeks after he entered for treatment for an infection that provoked other ailments. Luz Marina Acosta, assistant to the 94-year-old Cardenal, told The Associated Press that he is at...

Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poet

Feb. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Pope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal, the Vatican's ambassador to Nicaragua said in a statement Monday. Nuncio Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag said in a statement that Francis removed the canonical censures following a...

McCarrick's rise through church hierarchy began as altar boy

Feb. 16, 2019 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's rise through the Catholic Church hierarchy, during which he established a reputation as a globe-trotting human rights advocate before being brought down by sex abuse scandals, began as an altar boy in New York City. McCarrick, who recently became the...

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

Feb. 16, 2019 4:12 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate's apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior. The announcement Saturday,...