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Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church

Sep. 22, 2018 4:52 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said. Allegations have been made against the church by more than...

Pope battered by abuse scandal gets warm welcome in Baltics

Sep. 22, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Lithuanians lined the narrow streets of the Old Town of Vilnius and cheered Saturday as Pope Francis' popemobile passed by, an exuberant greeting that must have been welcome to a pope battered by new revelations in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse...

Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Sep. 21, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday. Arthur J. Perrault, 80, a former Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Santa...

The Latest: Fugitive priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Sep. 21, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a fugitive priest from New Mexico on child sexual abuse charges (all times local): 3:50 p.m. A fugitive priest suspected of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of abuse. Arthur Perrault entered his plea Friday in...

Pennsylvania dioceses consider victims' compensation fund

Sep. 21, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses said late Friday they are willing to set up a victims' compensation fund as they face the prospect that state lawmakers will give victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to sue the church. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference...

Pope lets more bishops go as part of Chile sex abuse fallout

Sep. 21, 2018 8:54 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignations of two more bishops in Chile, as fallout mounted from widespread sex abuse scandals there. Without citing reasons, the Vatican said the latest to leave their posts were the bishops of San Bartolome de Chillan, Monsignor Carlos Eduardo...

Catholic priest in Slovakia challenges celibacy rules

Sep. 21, 2018 3:20 AM EDT

KLAK, Slovakia (AP) — A priest in the conservative Roman Catholic stronghold of Slovakia has challenged the church's celibacy rules, voicing his dissent at a time when clerical celibacy is once again a topic of debate amid ongoing sex abuse scandals. The Rev. Michal Lajcha has written a book in two...

Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies

Sep. 20, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hoping to restore the faith of those disillusioned by how the church has handled sexual abuse allegations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York appointed a former federal judge Thursday to review its procedures and protocols. Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced the appointment of Barbara...

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops' new proposals

Sep. 20, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year. The initiatives, announced Wednesday, include developing a code of conduct for...

Jehovah's Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

Sep. 19, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana and instead punished him internally by expelling him from the congregation until he repented the following year. A trial begins...