Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

$71M fund set up for victims of NY doctor charged with abuse

Dec. 01, 2021 20:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital announced a settlement Wednesday with 79 women who say they were abused by former gynecologist Robert Hadden, who faces federal criminal charges of sexually abusing patients over nearly two decades. ...

As sex abuse lawsuit window closes, long road for victims

Nov. 30, 2021 15:55 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s two-year window that made it easier for victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits is closing, and attorneys for some of the hundreds of plaintiffs say it could take years more for the cases against Catholic clerics and dioceses and other entities to...

Detroit police: Two men in custody in beating, rape of woman

Nov. 29, 2021 14:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Two men were in custody in connection with the rape and brutal beating of a 63-year-old woman outside a closed Detroit church. Police Chief James White told reporters Monday that tips from residents led investigators to the suspects in the Nov. 14 attack....

Phil Saviano, clergy sex abuse survivor who helped expose decades of assaults by Roman Catholic priests, has died at 69

Nov. 28, 2021 14:24 PM EST
BOSTON (AP) — Phil Saviano, clergy sex abuse survivor who helped expose decades of assaults by Roman Catholic priests, has died at 69.

Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick named in sex abuse lawsuit

Nov. 23, 2021 17:43 PM EST

Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is facing another sexual abuse lawsuit, from a man who claims McCarrick abused him in the 1980s in New Jersey. In the lawsuit filed in state court and announced Tuesday, Michael Reading alleged McCarrick engaged in sexual contact with...

Chicago-area priest reinstated year after abuse probe began

Nov. 23, 2021 15:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago priest has been reinstated as a pastor after a review board for the Archdiocese of Chicago found there was “insufficient reason to suspect” he had sexually abused children 25 years ago. The Rev. David F. Ryan was first asked to step...

North Carolina diocese, priest named in sexual abuse lawsuit

Nov. 18, 2021 18:13 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina diocese and a former priest have been named in a lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse involving a boy at an elementary school that spanned four years. The lawsuit was filed in Mecklenburg County by attorneys representing the...

Cologne Catholic church holds penance service on sex abuse

Nov. 18, 2021 09:26 AM EST

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Germany's Roman Catholic archdiocese of Cologne held a service of penance Thursday for cases of sexual abuse by clergy, saying the ritual was not an absolution for the perpetrators but a “confession of guilt.” The German Catholic Church’s...

Ex-Indiana school nurse, pastor gets 105 years for molesting

Nov. 12, 2021 12:41 PM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A former central Indiana school nurse and church pastor has been sentenced to 105 years in prison on child molesting charges. A Delaware County judge ordered the prison term on Wednesday for 57-year-old Brian Couch of Yorktown, who pleaded guilty in...

Portuguese bishops plan committee to investigate sex abuse

Nov. 12, 2021 05:33 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Catholic Church in Portugal is setting up a national committee to coordinate the work of local church groups looking into possible cases of child sex abuse by members of the clergy. The committee will “strengthen and broaden” the...