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Report on sexual abuse in key German diocese to be released

Jan. 20, 2022 04:11 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A long-awaited report on the Catholic Church's handling of sexual abuse by clergy and others in Germany's Munich archdiocese, which was once led by retired Pope Benedict XVI, is set to be released Thursday. The archdiocese commissioned the report from law firm...

Group delivers whistleblower documents on clergy abuse

Jan. 19, 2022 08:42 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An advocacy group working to end clergy abuse in Wisconsin has delivered thousands of documents from Wisconsin's five Catholic dioceses to the state attorney general, documents it says show a systemic coverup of abuse. The documents were provided to Nate's...

Former priest named in dozens of child abuse lawsuits dies

Jan. 18, 2022 16:28 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who was named in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits was found dead in Kansas City on Sunday, police said. Emergency responders found Thomas Reardon, 80, a former priest in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, dead Sunday...

Victims seek definitive European ruling on Vatican immunity

Jan. 13, 2022 13:56 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Clergy abuse victims asked the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday to make a definitive ruling on whether the Holy See can continue to avoid being held liable for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests by claiming state immunity. Lawyers for the victims asked...

Polish diocese apologizes for asking if abuse victim is gay

Jan. 13, 2022 13:05 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Poland apologized on Thursday for having asked a court to determine whether a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest is gay, and whether the sexual contact may have consequently been pleasurable for him. Following wide...

Kin of dead sex abuse victim sue under new California law

Jan. 12, 2022 11:46 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After decades of dealing with the boyhood trauma of being molested by a priest, Jim Bartko sued the Roman Catholic church two years ago. But the lawsuit was dismissed when he died four days after speaking publicly about it. A new law has now...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 31, 2021 15:09 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld...

Indiana priest reaches plea deal in sexual abuse cases

Dec. 29, 2021 14:01 PM EST

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana priest has agreed to plead guilty to child solicitation and sexual battery charges for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage girl and a young woman. Father David Huneck was charged in October with felony child solicitation and sexual...

Retired Virginia priest charged with child sex abuse

Dec. 28, 2021 17:56 PM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A retired priest who once oversaw the safety of children in a Catholic diocese in the Washington suburbs has been charged with sexually assaulting a child, Virginia’s attorney general announced Tuesday. A Fairfax County grand jury indicted Terry Specht, 68, of...

American ex-priest in East Timor found guilty of sex abuse

Dec. 23, 2021 01:27 AM EST

OECUSSE, East Timor (AP) — A defrocked American priest accused of sexually abusing orphaned and disadvantaged young girls under his care in East Timor was found guilty Tuesday and sentenced to 12 years in prison, in the first case of its kind in the staunchly Catholic nation. ...