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Tennessee pastor gets 38 years in child sex abuse sentence

Dec. 14, 2019 2:35 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee pastor faces 38 years in prison after being found guilty on 24 counts involving child sex abuse. News outlets report that 41-year-old Ronnie Gorton received the sentence Friday in Tipton County. He was convicted on charges including sexual battery and statutory rape in...

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in...

Ex-NY Giants chaplain sued over abuse allegation

Dec. 9, 2019 5:53 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New York Giants team chaplain who faced sexual abuse allegations nearly 20 years ago has been sued by one of the accusers. The suit, filed Monday, said the Rev. William Dowd abused a boy at Immaculate Conception parish in Montclair, New Jersey, for five years beginning in 1967,...

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

Dec. 9, 2019 2:46 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

Dec. 9, 2019 1:14 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

Rochester diocese request led to beatification delay

Dec. 6, 2019 4:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic diocese of Rochester, N.Y., confirms it made the request for further investigations that prompted the Vatican to take the rare step of delaying Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s journey to sainthood. Sheen, who died in 1979, was best known for his radio and TV preaching. The new...

Lawsuit: McCarrick victim told pope of sex abuse in 1988

Dec. 5, 2019 3:47 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man claims in a lawsuit filed under a recently enacted New Jersey law that he told Pope John Paul II in 1988 about being sexually abused as a child by the priest who would become Cardinal Theodore McCarrick but that the Vatican did nothing — claims he also made in a lawsuit...

German bishop charged with embezzling 6-figure sum

Dec. 5, 2019 1:28 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have charged a Catholic bishop with embezzlement after he allegedly took a six-figure sum from an elderly parishioner to buy himself a property. The diocese of Aachen said Thursday that Johannes Buendgens has pledged to cooperate fully with the investigation and is stepping...

Former priest sues over inclusion on list of alleged abusers

Dec. 5, 2019 11:31 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former priest has sued the Archdiocese of St. Louis, alleging it libeled and slandered him by including him on a list of clerics credibly accused of abusing children. Michael Toohey, 77, of Creve Coeur, claims in the lawsuit filed last month in St. Louis County Circuit Court that the...

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Dec. 4, 2019 2:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignation and appointed Edward...