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Former priest charged with sexually abusing children near LA

Apr. 14, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Catholic priest has been charged with sexually assaulting four children while serving at two Los Angeles area churches two decades ago, prosecutors said Wednesday. Christopher John Cunningham faces 12 counts of committing lewd acts upon a...

French high court clears cardinal of abuse cover-up claims

Apr. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — France's highest court confirmed on Wednesday that the former archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, did not cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a predator priest. The ruling by the Court of Cassation closes a long, emotional drama that...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Apr. 14, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ April 11 The Dispatch on criminal church scandals: “It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you look good doing it.” A fruitless...

Pope asks US bishop to resign after cover-up investigation

Apr. 13, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A bishop in Minnesota resigned Tuesday at the request of Pope Francis after he was investigated by the Vatican for allegedly interfering with past investigations into clergy sexual abuse, officials said. The Vatican said Francis accepted the resignation of...

Church official warns of financial flood due to abuse claims

Apr. 10, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top official with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe says a financial flood from clergy sex abuse claims is coming and a settlement would serve as the dam to prevent devastation to parishes across northern New Mexico. A letter from the Rev. Glennon...

Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse

Apr. 08, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

It was the same every night. A list of names was posted on the Rev. Richard Daschbach’s bedroom door. The child at the top of the roster knew it was her turn to share the lower bunk with the elderly priest and another elementary school-aged girl. Daschbach was idolized...

Green Bay pastor appointed to serve the Diocese of Duluth

Apr. 08, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth could finally have a new bishop in place next month following the 2019 death of its longtime leader and the resignation of his chosen replacement. The Very Rev. Daniel Felton, a longtime pastor in the Diocese of...

State House advances 2-year child sex abuse lawsuit window

Apr. 07, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House approved a bill Wednesday to establish a two-year window for civil claims over childhood sexual abuse, part of a belt-and-suspenders approach that also includes a potential constitutional amendment. The proposal was sent to...

Missouri high court OKs lawsuit against Catholic school

Apr. 07, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a lawsuit alleging a St. Louis Catholic school allowed sexual abuse against a student should continue. At issue is a lawsuit filed by a former student who graduated from Chaminade College...

Ex-church official who stole $1.2M sentenced on tax counts

Apr. 07, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former western Pennsylvania church administrator who is currently in state prison for stealing $1.2 million was sentenced to a federal prison term related to the embezzlement. David Reiter was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years and must also...