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Catholic school scrubs bishops' names from campus buildings

Aug. 21, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic university in Pennsylvania plans to remove the names of three bishops from campus buildings, saying it is acting in solidarity with victims of child sexual abuse following the release of a grand jury report accusing church leaders of helping cover up decades of abuse...

Prosecutor's death penalty stance offends Vatican official

Aug. 21, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Vatican official has encouraged an Ohio prosecutor to go to confession after defying the Catholic Church's new policy that the death penalty is never acceptable. Paul Mueller, a vice director at the Vatican Observatory, wrote a letter weeks ago to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters...

Vatican: Pope expected to meet with abuse victims in Ireland

Aug. 21, 2018 8:26 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis is expected to meet with victims of sexual abuse during his weekend visit to Ireland and speak out about the problem. Spokesman Greg Burke effectively confirmed the meeting during a briefing Tuesday. He said Francis always meets with victims...

Other suspected Nazi war criminals removed from the US

Aug. 21, 2018 6:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Since the 1970s, the U.S. government has initiated legal proceedings to expel just 137 of the estimated 10,000 suspected Nazi war criminals who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II. At least 67 have been deported, extradited or left voluntarily, and 28 died while their cases were...

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...

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 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...

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...