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Catholic order releases names of members accused of abuse

Jul. 14, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore-based Catholic religious order that sponsors schools across the U.S. has released a list of dozens of members accused of sexually abusing children. The list released Friday by the Xaverian Brothers includes two current members "with a credible or established offense." The...

Timeline of R. Kelly's life and career

Jul. 12, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly, long trailed by lurid rumors, has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims dating back two decades. A timeline of his life and career: — Jan. 8, 1967: Robert Sylvester Kelly is born in Chicago to Joann Kelly, a school teacher. R....

Former Baylor player's sex assault conviction overturned

Jul. 11, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court has overturned for a second time the sexual assault conviction of a former Baylor University football player whose case ignited a scandal that rocked the nation's largest Baptist school. The Dallas-based 10th Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Sam Ukwuachu. It...

Vatican lifts French archbishop's immunity in groping probe

Jul. 8, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Vatican said Monday it has decided to lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of groping and inappropriate touching by multiple men. The announcement followed the French Foreign Ministry saying earlier in the day that it "received confirmation from the Holy...

Archdiocese removes prominent Detroit priest from pulpit

Jul. 8, 2019 12:51 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A conservative Detroit priest renowned for his orchestral Masses and traditional Latin services has been removed from public ministry after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit reviewed what it described as a "credible allegation" that he had abused a child decades ago. The...

Prominent Detroit priest removed from pulpit

Jul. 7, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said Sunday that it removed a prominent priest from public ministry after reviewing what it described as a "credible allegation" that he had sexually abused a child decades ago. The Rev. Eduard Perrone was suspended from ministry Friday, a month...

French priest defrocked for abusing Scouts in landmark case

Jul. 4, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's Catholic Church pronounced a priest guilty of sexually abusing multiple Boy Scouts over several years and defrocked him Thursday, an unusually strong move that reflects France's growing reckoning with clergy sex abuse. The ruling by a church tribunal was the latest development in a...

Frenchman takes groping complaint case to Vatican

Jul. 3, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One of a half-dozen men who have accused the Vatican's ambassador to France of groping them said Wednesday he plans to take his legal complaint directly to the Vatican, alleging the Holy See had invoked diplomatic immunity for the high-ranking churchman in a French criminal probe....

Rhode Island diocese posts list of credibly accused priests

Jul. 1, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence on Monday released a list of clerics, religious order priests and deacons it deems to have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. The list of 50 names posted on the diocese website includes 19 priests and deacons who are still...

Amid sex abuse scandals, Vatican upholds confession secrecy

Jul. 1, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Amid pedophile clergy scandals, the Vatican has declared "unacceptable" any efforts by politicians or lawmakers to force priests to violate their sacred obligation to keep secret what faithful tell them in confession. The Holy See's Apostolic Penitentiary, a tribunal dealing with...