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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Church of Saint Patrick in Harrisburg, Pa. On wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Another Catholic diocese seeks bankruptcy after abuse deals

Feb. 19, 2020 5:37 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics. The diocese joins at least 20 others across the United States in seeking...

Deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Argentina, from left, Claudia Labeguerie, Ezequiel Villalongo and Daniel Oscar Sgardelis, take part in a news conference at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. On Wednesday, they had a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican _ and Pope Francis himself _ to come clean about the crimes committed against them. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Abuse victims look to Vatican after UN meetings in Geneva

Feb. 19, 2020 4:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Three deaf victims of sexual abuse by priests in Argentina wrapped up a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva on Wednesday, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican — and Pope Francis himself — to come clean about the crimes committed against...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, photo, a statue stands outside the Boys Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy protection as it faces a barrage of new sex-abuse lawsuits. The filing Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Wilmington, Delaware, is an attempt to work out a potentially mammoth compensation plan for abuse victims that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy, urge victims to step forward

Feb. 18, 2020 7:28 PM EST

The Boy Scouts of America urged victims to come forward Tuesday as the historic, 110-year-old organization filed for bankruptcy protection in the first step toward creating a huge compensation fund for potentially thousands of men who were molested as youngsters decades ago by scoutmasters or other leaders. The...

In this Aug. 25, 2011 photo, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, papal delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vatican City. Benedict XVI had entrusted De Paolis, one of the Vatican’s most respected canon lawyers, to turn the Legion around in 2010, after revelations that its founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, had raped his seminarians, fathered three children and built a cult-like order to hide his crimes. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Priests of disgraced Legion face trial for obstruction claim

Feb. 17, 2020 1:54 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The Vatican effort to reform the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order is coming under new scrutiny, with four Legion priests and a Legion lawyer due to stand trial on charges they tried to obstruct justice and extort the family of a sex abuse victim. The preliminary hearing is scheduled...

In this picture taken on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 Yolanda Martinez Garcia cries during an interview with the Associated Press at her home, in Milan. Her son was sexually abused by one of the priests of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

Feb. 17, 2020 1:52 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide. Her son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. And now she was calling Cardinal Valasio De Paolis -- the Vatican official appointed by...

Televangelist, ex-pastor settle lawsuit alleging sex abuse

Feb. 17, 2020 9:54 AM EST

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A confidential settlement was reached in a former Ohio megachurch pastor's lawsuit alleging televangelist Ernest Angley sexually abused and harassed him over a decade, starting in 2004. The allegations by Brock Miller, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, included that Angley forced him to...

Sochil Martin, center, with lawyers Jeff Anderson, left, and Deborah Mallgrave, speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Martin has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the leaders of Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo sexually abused her since she was 12 years old. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)

Lawsuit: Mexican megachurch leaders abused woman for years

Feb. 13, 2020 9:45 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California woman says the father and son leaders of a Mexican megachurch sexually abused her for 18 years starting when she was 12, manipulating Bible passages to convince her the mistreatment actually was a gift from God, according to a federal lawsuit. Sochil Martin, 33,...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, a New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the playing field before an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. An Associated Press review of public tax documents found that the Bensons' foundation has given at least $62 million to the Archdiocese of New Orleans and other Catholic causes over the past dozen years, including gifts to schools, universities, charities and individual parishes.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Judge orders open hearing on NFL team's emails with church

Feb. 13, 2020 11:26 AM EST

News outlets and the public will be able to attend a hearing next week in New Orleans on the confidentiality of emails between Roman Catholic officials and the city's NFL franchise concerning clergy sex-abuse scandals. A state judge in New Orleans ruled Thursday that the Feb. 20 hearing will be open, although...

This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Joseph Henn, a former Catholic priest charged in Arizona with molestation of a child. A lawsuit filed Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix alleged that Henn had sexually abused a girl at a parish in Phoenix about 40 years ago. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Arizona church sued over decades-old abuse allegations

Feb. 12, 2020 10:18 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Two children were sexually abused by Catholic priests about 40 years ago in an Arizona parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix covered up the problem, according to newly filed lawsuits. Both lawsuits were brought Monday under a 2019 state law that extends the right of people who say...

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 file photo Cardinal Reinhard Marx leaves at the end of a media briefing during a four-day sex abuse summit called by Pope Francis in Rome, Italy. Marx, head of the German Bishops Conference, says he will step down at the end of his term in March. Sixty-six-year-old Cardinal Reinhard Marx wrote to members of the Roman-Catholic group Tuesday that he will not seek a second term due to his age and because he wants to spend more time at the diocese of Munich and Freising where he is archbishop. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)

Head of German Catholics says he'll step down at end of term

Feb. 11, 2020 6:42 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Roman Catholic cardinal who leads the German Bishops' Conference said Tuesday he plans to step down at the end of his term in March. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, 66, said in a letter to fellow bishops in Germany that he would not seek a second term leading the conference due to his age and...