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Archdiocese releases names of 'credibly' accused clergy

Oct. 16, 2018 8:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Archdiocese of Washington has released the names of more than two dozen clergy members it says have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. The archdiocese posted the list of priests on its website late Monday. All of the 31 priests were employed by the archdiocese, and...

Ex-students file sexual abuse suit against boarding school

Oct. 15, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two former Massachusetts boarding school students who say they were sexually abused by employees in the 1960s and 1970s have filed a lawsuit accusing the institution of trying to sweep misconduct by its staffers under the rug. The lawsuit was filed last week against the Fessenden School in...

Episcopal Church confronts past role in sexual exploitation

Oct. 15, 2018 5:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With striking displays of candor, the Episcopal Church is acknowledging the potency of the #MeToo movement by officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging steps to combat it. The Protestant denomination's national convention this summer included an emotional...

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

Oct. 13, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he's responding to the church's global sex abuse crisis, he publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican's unusually detailed statement...

Pennsylvania AG: Cardinal faces no penalties by resigning

Oct. 12, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) — Amid unfolding sex-abuse scandals, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington. But the pope's gentle words and lack of condemnation angered those who feel top Catholic leaders continue to shirk responsibility for the global...

The Latest: Pennsylvania prosecutor critical of Wuerl deal

Oct. 12, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl (all times Eastern): 12:30 p.m. The prosecutor who released a grand jury report in August on rampant sex abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses says it is unacceptable that Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl is retiring with...

Prosecutor pushes for legal change after clergy abuse report

Oct. 12, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor has appealed to legislators to "do the right thing" and change state law so that civil cases can be pursued in court in decades-old clergy abuse cases. Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke Friday at the court complex outside Philadelphia where Bill Cosby...

Excerpts of Pope Francis' letter to Cardinal Wuerl

Oct. 12, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis sent Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl a warm letter in accepting his resignation, praising what he said was Wuerl's nobility and sacrifice in stepping down for the greater good of the Catholic Church. Here are excerpts of the letter, in which Francis asks Wuerl to remain on...

Romanian police question fake medic on suspicion of rapes

Oct. 12, 2018 9:31 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian police say they are questioning a man who falsely posed as a gynecologist on suspicion of 27 counts of rape and sexual abuse. In a statement Friday, Bucharest police said the unnamed 52-year-old man sent scam mails to lure potential candidates for job interviews and then...

Pope accepts resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl who is implicated in sex abuse cover-up scandal

Oct. 12, 2018 6:08 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope accepts resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl who is implicated in sex abuse cover-up scandal.