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Cardinal McCarrick scandal inflames debate over gay priests

Aug. 20, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Some conservatives are calling for a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that...

Pope: No effort spared to fight abuse, but offers no details

Aug. 20, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Monday that "no effort must be spared" to root out priestly sex abuse and cover-up from the Catholic Church, but gave no indication that he would take action to sanction complicit bishops or end the Vatican culture of secrecy that has allowed the crisis to fester. In...

The Latest: Archbishop says he didn't see misconduct letter

Aug. 20, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the clerical sex abuse scandal (all times local): 12:40 a.m. The archbishop of Boston says he didn't see a letter sent to his office in 2015 concerning another archbishop's possibly inappropriate behavior with seminarians. Cardinal Sean O'Malley said Monday the letter was...

3 men face over 1K counts each of sexually abusing animals

Aug. 20, 2018 6:22 PM EDT

MUNSON, Pa. (AP) — Three men face more than 1,400 counts each of sexually abusing animals at a Pennsylvania farm. Prosecutors said Monday that a teenage boy alerted state police to the abuse, which involved a variety of animals. On Saturday, police searched a property where the men live in Munson,...

Correction: Pennsylvania Dioceses-Sex Abuse-Lawsuits story

Aug. 20, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story Aug. 16 about child sex abuse allegations in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, The Associated Press erroneously reported how a bill passed by the Pennsylvania House in 2016 would have changed state law. The legislation would have allowed lawsuits to be filed on...

Texas A&M changes handling of sex assault cases after uproar

Aug. 20, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University officials said Monday that they are imposing clearer and tougher sanctions for students found responsible for sexual assault and misconduct after multiple women came forward this summer to criticize how their cases were handled. The changes come two...

Texas priest disappears amid molestation allegations

Aug. 20, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas priest who's accused of molesting teens and stealing from his parish has gone missing. St. Cecilia Catholic Church officials believe the Rev. Edmundo Paredes may have fled to his native country of the Philippines, The Dallas Morning news reported . He'd been a pastor at the church for...

2 priests, 1 accused of sex abuse, found unfit for ministry

Aug. 20, 2018 4:35 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has found two priests unsuitable for the ministry, one as a result of allegations of sexual abuse of a minor that surfaced in a 2011 report by a grand jury. The Rev. Andrew McCormick had been on leave since 2011 because of the abuse claim. Criminal...

Catholics consider withholding donations amid abuse scandals

Aug. 20, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

For decades, Michael Drweiga has opened his wallet whenever the donation basket comes around at church, but the latest revelations of priests sexually abusing children brought him to the conclusion that he can no longer justify giving. Brice Sokolowski helps small Catholic nonprofits and churches raise money, but...

Priest abuse hotline gets 400-plus calls in wake of report

Aug. 20, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say a hotline set up to get information on child sexual abuse by clergy within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses has received more than 400 calls over the past six days. A spokesman for the attorney general's office said Monday agents are returning all calls and...