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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Japan local leader Harumi Suzuki holds signs while speaking during an interview with The Associated Press in Tokyo. Suzuki has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Japan Catholic Church sued for damages in alleged sex abuse

Sep. 25, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan. The civil lawsuit, filed this week in Sendai District Court, seeks 56.1 million yen...

FILE -- In this Thursday, April 22, 2010 file photo an offertory box with letters reading

German bishops set up system for larger sex abuse payments

Sep. 24, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Catholic Church in Germany is setting up a new system to compensate survivors of sexual abuse by clergy that will provide for payments of up to about 50,000 euros ($58,400) to each victim. Victims will be able to apply for payments under the new system starting Jan. 1, the head of the...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli court on Monday, Sert. 21, 2020 approved the extradition of the former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex case

Sep. 21, 2020 4:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former...

Priest tapped as Duluth, Minnesota bishop resigns amid probe

Sep. 7, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A priest recently tapped by Pope Francis to become a bishop for a northern Minnesota diocese has resigned after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the 1980s surfaced before he could take up his post. The Vatican announced Monday that Francis had accepted the resignation of...

Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope: Gossiping is "plague worse than COVID"

Sep. 6, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church. Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and even within the Vatican...

FILE - In this Monday, June 10, 2019, file photo, St. Francis of Assisi church and school stand in Greenwood, Miss. Paul A. West, a former Catholic brother at the church, has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, after an Aug. 24, 2020 hearing. West faces sexual battery charges in a case involving cousins La Jarvis and Joshua Love. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Former Catholic brother returned to face Mississippi charges

Sep. 2, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

A former Catholic brother has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, where he faces sexual battery charges in a case involving two impoverished Black boys who say they were pressured as men into accepting paltry payouts to settle their abuse claims. The men have accused Paul A. West,...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2005, file photo, incoming bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, W.Va, Michael Bransfield pauses in his new office, in Wheeling, W.Va. Bransfield, a former Roman Catholic bishop in West Virginia has issued a backhanded apology two years after resigning amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, and the diocese said Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, that he has repaid $441,000. (AP Photo/Dale Sparks, File)

Former West Virginia bishop apologizes, reimburses diocese

Aug. 20, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic bishop in West Virginia has issued an apology two years after resigning amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, and the diocese said Thursday that he has repaid $441,000. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston on Thursday released a letter from...

FILE - In this June 9, 2019 photo, Father Eduard Perrone conducts a choir during mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin March Parish in Detroit. The Detroit priest who said he was defamed by a police officer in an investigation of alleged sexual abuse has settled a lawsuit against her for $125,000. Perrone said he doesn't care about the money but wants to be reinstated at Assumption Grotto Church, a Catholic parish he had led for 25 years until he was removed by the Detroit Archdiocese in 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Detroit priest denies abuse, gets $125K in lawsuit deal

Aug. 17, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit priest who said he was defamed by a police officer in an investigation of alleged sexual abuse has settled a lawsuit against her for $125,000. The Rev. Eduard Perrone said he doesn't care about the money but wants to be reinstated at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish,...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses are facing recent lawsuits from people hoping a court decision in 2019 has shown a way around time limits for filing litigation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Slew of church abuse lawsuits hinges on state court decision

Aug. 14, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have been hit with about 150 lawsuits from people who say they were sexually abused as children by priests and hope a state court decision last year has shown a way around time limits for legal claims. Lawyers involved in the litigation say they...

FILE -- In this Jan. 12, 2007 file photo archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz talks to reporters after an extraordinary meeting of Poland's Catholic Church, in Warsaw, Poland. Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. Pope Francis continued Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, cleaning house in Poland following revelations about clergy sexual abuse and cover-up, replacing Glodz, the powerful archbishop of Gdansk, on his 75th birthday.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Pope cleans house in Poland after abuse, cover-up scandal

Aug. 13, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis continued cleaning house in Poland on Thursday following revelations of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up, replacing the powerful archbishop of Gdansk on his 75th birthday. While all Catholic bishops must offer to retire when they turn 75, it is highly unusual for the pope to accept...