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Party leader calls LGBT rights an imported threat to Poland

Apr. 25, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The chairman of Poland's conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the Polish nation. Kaczynski, a member of parliament who wields tremendous influence as leader of the Law and Justice party, also said during a...

Baltimore Archdiocese names 23 clergy accused of sex abuse

Apr. 24, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore on Wednesday published the names of 23 dead priests and religious brothers who it says were credibly accused of child sex abuse after their deaths. The release of the names marks a revision to an archdiocese policy that once prohibited the naming of...

Boy Scouts could be hit with more sex abuse claims

Apr. 24, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history. Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts'...

Another Pennsylvania diocese opens victim compensation fund

Apr. 24, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown has become Pennsylvania's seventh diocese to open a victims' compensation fund since a landmark grand jury report accusing senior church officials of systematically covering up the sexual abuse of children. The diocese's program began Tuesday...

Judge denies lower bond for ex-priest accused of abuse

Apr. 22, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County judge on Monday refused to lower bail for a former Catholic priest who was previously imprisoned and labeled sexually violent. Fred Lenczycki, 74, of suburban Chicago, was charged in February with two counts of sodomy for allegedly abusing two boys in the early 1990s...

Polish church condemns beating of Jewish effigy in Poland

Apr. 22, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Catholic Church in Poland poured scorn Monday on an anti-Semitic ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, burned and beaten. Residents, among them children, beat and burned the effigy in Pruchnik, a...

Pope cites plight of migrants, children on Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used a Good Friday ceremony to decry "all the crosses" of suffering in the world, including those borne by migrants who find doors closed due to "political calculations" and children who are harmed in their "innocence and purity," in a reference to pedophile clergy. From a...

Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules

Apr. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation...

LA Archdiocese agrees to $8M payment in sex abuse case

Apr. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a teenager who was sexually abused by the athletic director at her Catholic high school who had continued to work despite prior allegations of misconduct, it was announced Tuesday. A court finalized the settlement last week...

The Latest: LA archdiocese apologizes for teen sex abuse

Apr. 16, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on an $8 million settlement of a sex-abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has apologized for what it calls the "serious harm" done to a 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused by the athletic director...