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FILE - In this Sunday, April 12, 2020 file photo, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, right, delivers his homily over mostly empty pews as he leads an Easter Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Due to coronavirus concerns, no congregants were allowed to attend the Mass which was broadcast live on local TV. The New York archdiocese received at least four large Paycheck Protection Program loans, one worth at least $5 million. The beneficiaries included the archdiocesan department of education and the neo-gothic St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AP: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

Jul. 10, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse...

This Aug. 8, 2018 photo shows St. Peter Cathedral in Erie, Pa., the home parish for the Catholic Diocese of Erie. In mid-March 2020, the diocese closed its churches as the coronavirus spread, limiting its access to weekly donors, and applied for funds from the Paycheck Protection Program. It also decided to withhold payments from its victim-compensation program, saying its bank had decreased a line of credit. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

Takeaways: Paycheck Protection loans and the Catholic Church

Jul. 10, 2020 2:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic caused a broad economic downturn and Depression-era unemployment rates, Washington responded with trillions of dollars in federal relief. One centerpiece was the $659 billion Paycheck Protection Program. Congress created the program to help smaller businesses...

Founder of German Schoenstatt Movement accused of abuses

Jul. 2, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

Another founder of a 20th century lay Catholic movement has been accused of abusing his power, including sexually and spiritually, with nuns in his care. A German researcher says she found evidence in newly released Vatican archives that the Holy See investigated the Rev. Josef Kentenich during the 1950s and...

Bishop: North Carolina priest kept on leave on abuse claims

Jul. 2, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Catholic priest in North Carolina will remain on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse against him were revealed last year, the Charlotte diocese's bishop said. Bishop Peter Jugis made the announcement to St. Matthew parishioners in a letter Wednesday, writing that...

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2019, file booking image made from video and provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office in New Orleans, La., shows George Brignac. Brignac, a longtime Roman Catholic deacon and schoolteacher awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans, died Monday, June 29, 2020, after a brief hospitalization. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Former New Orleans deacon, 85, dies awaiting rape trial

Jun. 30, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

A former Roman Catholic deacon awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans has died, his defense attorney said Tuesday. George F. Brignac, 85, had been accused of sexually abusing children for years before being removed from the ministry in 1988. He was charged last year with first-degree rape after a former...

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, after celebrating a Mass for the Feast of Rome's Patrons Saints Peter and Paul, at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Polish group seeks pope's action against sex abuse, cover-up

Jun. 29, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis has been informed about an appeal launched by a group of Catholics in Poland urging intervention into cases where bishops have continued to cover up for priests who sexually molest children. The group “EnoughHarm” took out a full-page advertisement...

Toronto cop convicted in beating of Black man who lost eye

Jun. 26, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto police officer has been found guilty of assault in the beating of a young Black man who lost an eye when he was arrested in 2016. Prosecutors alleged Constable Michael Theriault, who was off duty at the time, and his brother Christian chased Dafonte Miller in the early hours of...

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. U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday, June 25, 2020 that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old molestation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

US Catholic bishops: clergy sex abuse claims tripled in 2019

Jun. 25, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old molestation. In...

FILE -- In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, right, the Roman Catholic primate of Poland, addresses the media during a news conference at the episcopate building in Warsaw. Pope Francis has named a temporary administrator to lead a southern Polish diocese where the bishop has been accused of covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured in a second abuse documentary that has rocked Poland's Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Pope moves against Polish bishop accused of hiding predators

Jun. 25, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his central diocese and let someone else run it while he is under investigation for covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured in a second clergy abuse documentary that has rocked Poland's Catholic Church. Francis on Thursday named the...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican finance minister who was convicted and then absolved of sexual abuse in his native Australia, is set to publish his prison diary musing on life in solitary confinement, the Psalms, the church, politics and sports. Catholic publisher Ignatius Press told The Associated Press on Saturday the first installment of the 1,000-page diary would likely be published in Spring 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Cardinal Pell to publish prison diary musing on case, church

Jun. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican finance minister who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, is set to publish his prison diary musing on life in solitary confinement, the Catholic Church, politics and sports. Catholic publisher Ignatius Press told The...