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Top Southern Baptists plan to release secret list of abusers

May. 24, 2022 20:21 PM EDT

Top administrative leaders for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, said Tuesday that they will release a secret list of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of sexual abuse. An attorney for the SBC's Executive...

Indiana church says it confronted pastor about sex with teen

May. 24, 2022 16:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana pastor who confessed to “adultery” years ago with a teenager publicly informed his congregation last weekend after church leaders confronted him, the church said Tuesday. John Lowe II has resigned, New Life Christian Church and World Outreach in...

New Italian church head faces demands for abuse inquiry

May. 24, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday named a bishop in his own image, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, as the new head of the Italian bishops conference, as the Italian Catholic Church comes under mounting pressure to confront its legacy of clerical sexual abuse with an independent inquiry. ...

Southern Baptists face push for public list of sex abusers

May. 23, 2022 20:12 PM EDT

A blistering report on the Southern Baptist Convention’s mishandling of sex abuse allegations is raising the prospect that the denomination, for the first time, will create a publicly accessible database of pastors and other church personnel known to be abusers. The creation of an...

Report: Top Southern Baptists stonewalled sex abuse victims

May. 23, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee — and thousands of its rank-and-file members — now have opportunities to address a scathing investigative report that says top SBC leaders stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over two decades while seeking to protect...

Investigation ordered by Southern Baptist Convention says leaders stonewalled, denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse

May. 22, 2022 16:47 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Investigation ordered by Southern Baptist Convention says leaders stonewalled, denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse.

Sex abuse suit filed against Oklahoma City Catholic school

May. 18, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ten current and former students of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and six parents or guardians are suing the private school, alleging it fostered “a rape culture” for more than 10 years. School officials have known since 2011 that...

Former pastor in 2 states pleads guilty to child sex charges

May. 18, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A former pastor in Tennessee and Indiana faces up to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to federal child sex abuse charges, prosecutors said. Joshua Henley, 33, pleaded guilty Monday to producing, possessing and sending sex abuse material involving...

$121.5M settlement in New Mexico clergy sex abuse scandal

May. 17, 2022 22:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — One of the oldest Catholic dioceses in the United States announced a settlement agreement Tuesday to resolve a bankruptcy case in New Mexico that resulted from a clergy sex abuse scandal. The tentative deal totals $121.5 million and would involve about 375...

Chicago archdiocese settles sex abuse suit for $1.2 million

May. 17, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $1.2 million to a man who alleged that he was sexually abused when he was 12 years old by a defrocked priest who was convicted of sexually abusing several boys, the man's attorney announced on Tuesday. The settlement of...