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Justices review priest abuse lawsuit's ruling on time limits

Oct. 20, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Tuesday grappled with whether a woman's lawsuit on claims of sexual abuse by a priest decades ago should be allowed to proceed — a lower-court ruling that has launched many other lawsuits since it was issued a year ago. In oral argument, the...

Crosses bearing tags with names are seen a graveyard of the Flaminio Cemetery, in Rome, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Italian prosecutors and the government’s privacy watchdog are investigating how the names of women who miscarried or had abortions ended up on crosses over graves for the fetuses in a Rome cemetery.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Italy probes why women's names mark aborted fetuses' graves

Oct. 20, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors and the government’s privacy watchdog are investigating how the names of women who miscarried or had abortions ended up on crosses over graves for the fetuses in a Rome cemetery. Rights groups have denounced the grave markings as a gross violation of the...

Colorado Catholic dioceses pay $6.68M to sex abuse survivors

Oct. 18, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses paid $6.68 million to 73 survivors of sexual abuse by priests, a new report said. The state’s Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program issued an update Friday of how much money each survivor should be given by the church, The Colorado...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019 file photo, the head of Poland's Catholic Church Archbishop Wojciech Polak, right, addresses the media during a news conference in Warsaw, Poland. Pope Francis on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 permanently removed a Polish bishop who was kicked out of his diocese a few months ago pending a Vatican investigation into allegations he covered up cases of sexual abuse by his priests. The resignation of Edward Janiak as bishop of Kalisz suggests the Vatican was able to substantiate at least some elements of the accusations made in a documentary about sex abuse in Poland that has rocked the country’s influential Catholic hierarchy. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

Pope removes Polish bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

Oct. 17, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday permanently removed a Polish bishop who was kicked out of his diocese a few months ago pending a Vatican investigation into allegations he covered up cases of sexual abuse by his priests. The resignation of Edward Janiak as bishop of Kalisz suggests the Vatican was able...

Judge dismisses 3 priest child sex-abuse lawsuits

Oct. 16, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A judge on Friday dismissed child-abuse lawsuits filed by three men against leaders of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence based on the definition of the word “perpetrator.” The ruling by Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel looked at a 2019 law that extended the...

Allegations substantiated against priest who died last year

Oct. 16, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Omaha says an investigation has substantiated several allegations of sexual misconduct with minors against a priest who died last year. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the archdiocese looked into the accusations against the Rev. Theodore Richling, who died in...

Richmond diocese to pay $6.3 million to sexual abuse victims

Oct. 15, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced Thursday that it is paying $6.3 million to 51 people who experienced sexual abuse as minors by clergy. The diocese released details in a report on its website. In February, Bishop Barry Knestout directed the formation of a program meant to...

Man convicted in Portland train attacks must pay victims

Oct. 14, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered a man convicted of fatally stabbing two men who confronted him during a racist rant on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train to pay $12,046 for expenses incurred by some of his victims. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the judge ordered Jeremy...

Whistleblower Kamil Jarzembowski meets journalists outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Two priests are going on trial in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal this week, one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy who served at papal Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica, and the other accused of covering it up. The proceedings starting Wednesday were forced on the Holy See after victims and Jarzembowski went public in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican trial for sex abuse in pope's youth seminary opens

Oct. 14, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — For the first time, a clergy sex abuse trial opened Wednesday in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal, with one priest accused of molesting an altar boy in the Vatican’s youth seminary and another priest accused of covering it up. The case concerns the closed world of the St....

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018, file photo, Archbishop John C. Wester, head of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, talks during a news conference in Santa Fe. New Mexico's largest Catholic diocese has filed a complaint against the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe claims the agency is illegally blocking it from applying for federal aid meant to help businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Judge: Victims can sue Santa Fe Archdiocese over transfer

Oct. 13, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. bankruptcy judge has ruled that lawyers for clergy sex abuse survivors can file lawsuits alleging the Archdiocese of Santa Fe fraudulently transferred millions to avoid bigger payouts to victims. The recent decision by Judge David T. Thuma in the Chapter 11 reorganization...