Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Vatican sanctioned Nobel laureate after Timor accusations

Sep. 29, 2022 08:29 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican confirmed Thursday that it imposed disciplinary sanctions on Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo in the past two years following allegations that he sexually abused boys in East Timor in the 1990s. The Vatican spokesman said in a...

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Sep. 28, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

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Medford man guilty of sex crimes, victim released from jail

Sep. 21, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A jury has found a Medford, Oregon, man guilty of multiple sex crimes following a trial in which the victim was lodged in jail for nine days to ensure she’d testify in court. A jury found Christian Alexander Sanchez, 30, guilty last week of more than a dozen...

Southern Baptists cut ties with LGBTQ-friendly church

Sep. 21, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

The Southern Baptist Convention's top administrative body voted to cut ties with two congregations on Tuesday — an LGBTQ-friendly church in North Carolina that had itself quit the denomination decades ago and a New Jersey congregation it cited for “alleged discriminatory behavior.” ...

Mexican faith leader jailed for sex abuse; flock stays loyal

Sep. 18, 2022 11:17 AM EDT

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Their spiritual leader is behind bars in California after pleading guilty to sexually abusing minors. Yet legions of followers of Naasón Joaquín García in his home base in Mexico remain fervently loyal to him, viewing his imprisonment as a challenge that will...

Inuits plead for priest's return to Canada over abuse claims

Sep. 15, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — A priest accused of sexually abusing Inuit children when he missioned in their Canadian Arctic community has told alleged victims and relatives who traveled to France to confront him that he won’t go back to Canada to be questioned. The 10-member Inuit...

Spanish ex-priest sentenced to 30 years for abusing minors

Sep. 13, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a 30-year prison sentence a lower court had imposed on a former priest for sexually abusing seven boys he taught at a seminary boarding school. The court found that the abuse took place between 2013 and 2016 at the school in the...

Utah rep. told Mormon bishop not to report abuse, docs show

Sep. 10, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

A Utah lawmaker and prominent attorney for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints advised a church bishop not to report a confession of child sex abuse to authorities, a decision that allowed the abuse to continue for years, according to records filed in a lawsuit. The...

Former mayor, Mormon bishop accused of sex abuse of children

Sep. 08, 2022 22:18 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah city mayor and bishop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been arrested on accusations he sexually abused at least three children decades ago. Carl Matthew Johnson, 77, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Davis County...

Nicaraguan judge sentences priest to 49 years for rape

Sep. 02, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Nicaragua sentenced a Roman Catholic priest to 49 years in prison Friday for the rape of a 14-year-old girl. Judge Edén Aguilar Castro sentenced Rev. José Leonardo Urbina to 24 years in prison on two counts of abuse and 25 years for one count of...