Latest Religious scandals News

Southern Baptist leader resigns amid rifts over sex abuse

Oct. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC's response to sexual abuse, a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. ...

KBI say it has opened 122 clergy sex abuse cases in Kansas

Oct. 15, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A task force formed three years ago to investigate clergy sexual abuse in Kansas Catholic dioceses has received 215 tips and opened 122 cases, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Robert Jacobs, executive officer of the KBI, reported on...

Democrats push for action on sexual assault lawsuit bills

Oct. 15, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House Democrats are calling for action on legislation that would remove time limits restricting when sexual assault victims could file lawsuits against their perpetrator. The lawmakers are also urging that hearings be held on a bill that would lift caps on...

Professor on leave amid probe into posts on women, Muslims

Oct. 12, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana computer science professor has been placed on paid leave while the university investigates now-deleted blog posts that maligned women, Muslims and people who are LGBTQ, the university said Tuesday. The Montana Kaimin...

Europe court rejects case seeking to blame Vatican for abuse

Oct. 12, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A European court agreed Tuesday that the Vatican couldn't be sued in a local court for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, affirming that it enjoys sovereign immunity and that the misconduct of priests and their superiors can't be attributed to the Holy See. ...

Analysis: Iraq vote underscores divisions over Iran's role

Oct. 12, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Shiite militias that often serve as a proxy for neighboring Iran have taken a beating in Iraq’s election, while a Shiite cleric who set himself apart by taking a more nationalistic approach has emerged as Iraq’s strongest political figure. ...

Pennsylvania attorney general jumps into '22 governor's race

Oct. 11, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high-profile attorney general, Josh Shapiro, will formally announce his candidacy for governor on Wednesday, entering the 2022 race months after making his intentions known and effectively clearing the field of potential rivals for the Democratic...

French actor breaks silence on child sex abuse within church

Oct. 11, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — At the age of eight, Laurent Martinez was sexually abused by a priest. Forty years later, he has chosen to make his story into a play, to show the devastating consequences and how speaking out can help victims heal and rebuild. The play called “Pardon?”...

Arizona murder case against US Air Force airman goes to jury

Oct. 08, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — No one saw Sasha Krause being taken from a Mennonite community in northwestern New Mexico where she worked in the publishing ministry, dominated in card games and ping pong, and where her poetry became song. No one saw the woman with a quiet and...

Authorities: Monk in Alaska faces child sexual abuse charge

Oct. 08, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A monk associated with the Russian Orthodox Church turned himself into police in Kodiak to report that he had sexually abused a child, according to the Alaska Department of Law, which said he arrived to make the report accompanied by a priest and a parent of the child....