Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Convicted ex-friar won't be tried in 2nd sex abuse case

May. 12, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi prosecutors have dropped a second set of charges against a former Franciscan friar who was convicted last month of sexually abusing a student during the 1990s at a Catholic school. Paul West, 62, received a 45-year sentence on April 13 and is in...

Women settle suit alleging Liberty mishandled assault cases

May. 12, 2022 11:23 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit twelve women brought last summer against Liberty University, accusing the Christian institution of fostering an unsafe environment on its Virginia campus and mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment. A notice...

Former Maryland priest gets 22 years for abuse

May. 11, 2022 19:15 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland priest was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release for coercion and enticement of a child he met through the church to engage in illegal sexual activity. Fernando Cristancho, 65, who served as a...

What they wore: Amish Country exhibit spotlights sex abuse

May. 06, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

LEOLA, Pa. (AP) — Clotheslines with billowing linens and long dresses are a common sight on the off-grid farms of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County, home to the nation's largest Amish settlement. For many tourists they're as iconic a part of Amish Country's bucolic scenery as the rural lanes and...

Cardinal: Pope OK'd spending 1M euros to free kidnapped nun

May. 05, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis authorized spending up to 1 million euros to free a Colombian nun kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in Mali, a cardinal testified Thursday, revealing previously secret papal approval to hire a British security firm to find the nun and secure her freedom. ...

As US poised to restrict abortion, other nations ease access

May. 04, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As women in the United States find themselves on the verge of possibly losing the constitutional right to abortion, courts in many other parts of the world have been moving in the opposite direction. That includes in a number of traditionally conservative...

Priest to return to Topeka parish after no charges filed

Apr. 29, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who was accused of sexual abuse of a minor will return to his parish in Topeka after prosecutors decided not to file charges against him, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas announced Friday. Rev. John Pilcher will return as pastor...

Pope warns of lost trust without more abuse accountability

Apr. 29, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave a new mandate to his sex abuse advisory commission Friday, telling its members to work with bishops around the world to establish special welcome centers for victims and to audit the church’s progress on fighting abuse from its new perch within the Vatican....

Archdiocese of Seattle settles 2 sex abuse claims for $375K

Apr. 28, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Archdiocese of Seattle said Thursday it will pay $375,000 to settle two separate claims of sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. The Roman Catholic archdiocese said in a news release that it settled a case involving allegations of childhood sexual abuse in the...

Prosecutor won't bring charges against accused Topeka priest

Apr. 27, 2022 09:38 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Catholic priest in Topeka suspended from his public duties after being accused of sexually abusing a minor will not face criminal charges in the case. Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay's office will not file charges against the Rev. John Pilcher...