Latest Religious scandals News

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Church of Saint Patrick in Harrisburg, Pa. On wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Another Catholic diocese seeks bankruptcy after abuse deals

Feb. 19, 2020 1:50 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics. The diocese joins at least 20 others across the United States in seeking...

Abuse victims look to Vatican after UN meetings in Geneva

Feb. 19, 2020 1:24 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Three deaf victims of sexual abuse by priests in Argentina wrapped up a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva on Wednesday, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican — and Pope Francis himself — to come clean about the crimes committed against...

Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg files for bankruptcy months after disclosing it paid millions of dollars over sex abuse

Feb. 19, 2020 1:14 PM EST
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg files for bankruptcy months after disclosing it paid millions of dollars over sex abuse.

Diocese to offer settlements to victims who won't sue

Feb. 18, 2020 11:33 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond says it will offer monetary settlements to sexual abuse victims if they give up the right to sue. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the diocese announced the offer on Monday. Richmond Bishop Barry Knestout said in a press release that the offer...

In this Aug. 25, 2011 photo, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, papal delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vatican City. Benedict XVI had entrusted De Paolis, one of the Vatican’s most respected canon lawyers, to turn the Legion around in 2010, after revelations that its founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, had raped his seminarians, fathered three children and built a cult-like order to hide his crimes. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Priests of disgraced Legion face trial for obstruction claim

Feb. 17, 2020 1:54 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The Vatican effort to reform the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order is coming under new scrutiny, with four Legion priests and a Legion lawyer due to stand trial on charges they tried to obstruct justice and extort the family of a sex abuse victim. The preliminary hearing is scheduled...

In this picture taken on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 Yolanda Martinez Garcia cries during an interview with the Associated Press at her home, in Milan. Her son was sexually abused by one of the priests of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

Feb. 17, 2020 1:52 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide. Her son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. And now she was calling Cardinal Valasio De Paolis -- the Vatican official appointed by...

Televangelist, ex-pastor settle lawsuit alleging sex abuse

Feb. 17, 2020 9:54 AM EST

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A confidential settlement was reached in a former Ohio megachurch pastor's lawsuit alleging televangelist Ernest Angley sexually abused and harassed him over a decade, starting in 2004. The allegations by Brock Miller, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, included that Angley forced him to...

Seminarian Daniel Rice, left, sits with classmates during a lesson on the Gospel of Luke at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Future Catholic priests remain unflinchingly optimistic despite scandals that have driven faithful from the pews. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

After abuse scandals, seminarians pledge to 'get it right'

Feb. 16, 2020 9:33 PM EST

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — The seminarians walk along a hallway lined with photos of classes of priests who came before them. Some are pious alumni who have become their teachers and mentors; others climbed the Catholic hierarchy to be revered as bishops and cardinals. But there are others: Raymond Leneweaver,...

‘Credible’ allegations, but no charges for California priest

Feb. 14, 2020 9:54 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Despite “credible” allegations of sexual abuse against a central California priest, prosecutors said Friday that they are unable to file charges against him because the statute of limitations has expired. Monsignor Craig Harrison was placed on administrative leave from...

New Jersey dioceses push victims fund deadline to Feb. 29

Feb. 14, 2020 3:35 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Roman Catholic dioceses have given a two-week extension to childhood victims of sexual assault considering filing for compensation from a fund the church set up, the account's co-administrator said Friday. Camille Biros, the co-administrator of the fund covering all five...