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Former Episcopal priest gets 6 years on child porn charge

Sep. 18, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Episcopal priest in Massachusetts convicted of downloading child pornography was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison. Gregory Lisby, 41, received the sentence in U.S. District Court in Worcester during a hearing at which it was disclosed that he had sexual...

Ex-Catholic school teacher charged in 1970's sex abuse cases

Sep. 14, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A former Catholic school teacher in Michigan faces sex abuse allegations stretching back more than four decades. Charges against Joseph Comperchio are part of the state's ongoing investigation into clergy abuse, Attorney General Dana Nessel's office announced Monday. Comperchio, 66,...

Priest tapped as Duluth, Minnesota bishop resigns amid probe

Sep. 7, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A priest recently tapped by Pope Francis to become a bishop for a northern Minnesota diocese has resigned after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the 1980s surfaced before he could take up his post. The Vatican announced Monday that Francis had accepted the resignation of...

Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope: Gossiping is "plague worse than COVID"

Sep. 6, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church. Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and even within the Vatican...

FILE - In this Monday, June 10, 2019, file photo, St. Francis of Assisi church and school stand in Greenwood, Miss. Paul A. West, a former Catholic brother at the church, has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, after an Aug. 24, 2020 hearing. West faces sexual battery charges in a case involving cousins La Jarvis and Joshua Love. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Former Catholic brother returned to face Mississippi charges

Sep. 2, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

A former Catholic brother has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, where he faces sexual battery charges in a case involving two impoverished Black boys who say they were pressured as men into accepting paltry payouts to settle their abuse claims. The men have accused Paul A. West,...

Priest accused of sexually assaulting boy over 3-year period

Aug. 27, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

FAIRCHANCE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania priest has been charged with the sexual assault of an altar boy during a three-year period that started when the victim was 11, authorities said. The Rev. Andrew Kawecki, 65, of Scottdale, surrendered Wednesday at the Attorney General's office in Fayette County, where...

Vegas diocese adds name to list of credibly accused clergy

Aug. 21, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Church officials in Nevada said Friday they’re following their counterparts in Louisiana in adding a Roman Catholic priest who was suspended in 2018 to a list of clergy members credibly accused of sexual abuse. The Diocese of Las Vegas said it suspended Henry Brian Highfill in...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2005, file photo, incoming bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, W.Va, Michael Bransfield pauses in his new office, in Wheeling, W.Va. Bransfield, a former Roman Catholic bishop in West Virginia has issued a backhanded apology two years after resigning amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, and the diocese said Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, that he has repaid $441,000. (AP Photo/Dale Sparks, File)

Former West Virginia bishop apologizes, reimburses diocese

Aug. 20, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic bishop in West Virginia has issued an apology two years after resigning amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, and the diocese said Thursday that he has repaid $441,000. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston on Thursday released a letter from...

NJ priest arrested, charged with sexual misconduct

Aug. 18, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest serving the Newark area was arrested and is facing two charges related to sexually harassing an adult, police said. A woman first reported that Donato Cabardo, 56, who serves at a Jersey City church, groped her in the church rectory to the Archdiocese of...

FILE - In this June 9, 2019 photo, Father Eduard Perrone conducts a choir during mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin March Parish in Detroit. The Detroit priest who said he was defamed by a police officer in an investigation of alleged sexual abuse has settled a lawsuit against her for $125,000. Perrone said he doesn't care about the money but wants to be reinstated at Assumption Grotto Church, a Catholic parish he had led for 25 years until he was removed by the Detroit Archdiocese in 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Detroit priest denies abuse, gets $125K in lawsuit deal

Aug. 17, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit priest who said he was defamed by a police officer in an investigation of alleged sexual abuse has settled a lawsuit against her for $125,000. The Rev. Eduard Perrone said he doesn't care about the money but wants to be reinstated at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish,...