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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, June 22, 2018, protesters demonstrate while blocking the street outside the Justice Ministry in Madrid, Spain.  The first comprehensive internal inquiry on sex abuse allegations by a religious order in Spain has identified 81 children and 37 adult victims by 96 Jesuits since the late 1920s, in a report released Friday Jan. 22, 2021, but associations of victims say it falls short of identifying perpetrators or those who covered up the abuses. (AP Photo/Paul White, FILE)

In a first for Spain, Jesuits admit to decades of sex abuse

Jan. 22, 2021 1:52 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The first comprehensive internal inquiry on sex abuse allegations by a religious order in Spain has identified 81 children and 37 adult victims of 96 Jesuits since the late 1920s, a much higher number than the cases that had so far been publicly known. Associations of victims are welcoming...

Man says Mormon church threatened expulsion for abuse report

Jan. 14, 2021 4:27 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man is claiming he was sexually abused as a Boy Scout and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints threatened ex-communication when he tried to report it 45 years ago. Attorneys for the man announced a lawsuit Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix...

Australia financial unit admits huge Vatican transfer error

Jan. 13, 2021 10:01 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Australia’s financial intelligence agency has admitted it vastly misreported the amount of money transferred from the Vatican to Australia over the past six years by nearly $1.5 billion. A statement Wednesday from the Vatican confirmed that the actual amount of money transferred...

Priest who spoke at Sen. Kennedy's funeral denies sex abuse

Jan. 12, 2021 10:13 AM EST

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who delivered the homily at U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy's funeral in 2009 has pleaded not guilty to child sexual abuse. The Rev. Mark Hession was released on $2,500 bail Monday after his arraignment in Barnstable Superior Court in Massachusetts on two counts of...

Turkish televangelist gets life term for sex abuse, offenses

Jan. 11, 2021 9:15 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a controversial Muslim televangelist and cult leader to life in prison, finding him guilty of forming a criminal gang and sexual abuse of minors, among several other offenses. Adnan Oktar, who was known for holding theological discussions surrounded by...

Catholic diocese releases names of credibly accused priests

Jan. 8, 2021 8:49 AM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River in Massachusetts has released a list of 75 clergy credibly or publicly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. More than three-quarters of the names released by the diocese Thursday have already been made public through previous announcements...

Australian agency reviewing data on Vatican money transfers

Jan. 8, 2021 12:56 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The Australian government’s financial intelligence agency said Thursday it is reviewing its data after questions were raised about its report that $1.8 billion were transferred from the Vatican to Australia over six years. The agency, Austrac, said it was working with the Vatican to get...

FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Father Michael Pfleger speaks at Saint Sabina Catholic Church, in Chicago. In a letter written to the Saint Sabina community, Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, he has asked Pfleger to step aside from his ministry following receipt of a sexual abuse allegation of a minor by Pfleger more than 40 years earlier. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago priest stepping aside after sex-abuse allegation

Jan. 6, 2021 6:40 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Nationally known activist Chicago priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger has been asked to step aside due to an allegation of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced. The archdiocese said Tuesday that its Office for Child Abuse Investigations and...

FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Father Michael Pfleger speaks at Saint Sabina Catholic Church, in Chicago. In a letter written to the Saint Sabina community, Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, he has asked Pfleger to step aside from his ministry following receipt of a sexual abuse allegation of a minor by Pfleger more than 40 years earlier. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Activist priest Michael Pfleger hit with abuse allegations

Jan. 5, 2021 7:18 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Activist Chicago priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger has been asked to step aside due to allegations of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Tuesday. The archdiocese said its Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review received an allegation that...

Poland: Church cancels lease of liberal Catholic magazine

Jan. 5, 2021 11:13 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A liberal Roman Catholic magazine in Poland that recently criticized some high-ranking church officials says local church authorities in Krakow have terminated the publication's office lease after almost 76 years. The Tygodnik Powszechny (General Weekly) said on Facebook and on its...