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Looming wave of sex abuse cases poses threat to Boy Scouts

Apr. 23, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history. Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts'...

Judge denies lower bond for ex-priest accused of abuse

Apr. 22, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County judge on Monday refused to lower bail for a former Catholic priest who was previously imprisoned and labeled sexually violent. Fred Lenczycki, 74, of suburban Chicago, was charged in February with two counts of sodomy for allegedly abusing two boys in the early 1990s...

Polish church condemns beating of Jewish effigy in Poland

Apr. 22, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Catholic Church in Poland poured scorn Monday on an anti-Semitic ritual enacted over the Easter holiday that involved an effigy of Judas represented by a stereotypical Jew being hanged, burned and beaten. Residents, among them children, beat and burned the effigy in Pruchnik, a...

Pope cites plight of migrants, children on Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used a Good Friday ceremony to decry "all the crosses" of suffering in the world, including those borne by migrants who find doors closed due to "political calculations" and children who are harmed in their "innocence and purity," in a reference to pedophile clergy. From a...

Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules

Apr. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation...

LA Archdiocese agrees to $8M payment in sex abuse case

Apr. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a teenager who was sexually abused by the athletic director at her Catholic high school who had continued to work despite prior allegations of misconduct, it was announced Tuesday. A court finalized the settlement last week...

The Latest: LA archdiocese apologizes for teen sex abuse

Apr. 16, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on an $8 million settlement of a sex-abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has apologized for what it calls the "serious harm" done to a 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused by the athletic director...

Kentucky diocese IDs priests 'credibly' accused of abuse

Apr. 16, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, has released a list of priests it says have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. The Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro reports the bishop of the diocese, the Most Rev. William Medley, released the list of 15 priests Friday....

The Latest: University of Notre Dame to donate $100,000

Apr. 16, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local): 8 p.m. The president of the University of Notre Dame said the school will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Notre Dame cathedral following a devastating fire. The Rev. John Jenkins announced the...

Christian Garin wins US Men's Clay Court Championship

Apr. 14, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Christian Garin of Chile won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship on Sunday for his first ATP World Tour title, beating Casper Ruud of Norway 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 at River Oaks Country Club. Nearly six years after winning the French Open Juniors title, the 22-year-old Garin finally broke...