Latest Religious scandals News

Ex-priest dies months into imprisonment for raping boys

Jun. 25, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former Catholic priest who pleaded guilty last year to raping two boys decades earlier has died just several months into a 20-year prison sentence in South Carolina. Wayland Yoder Brown, 75, died at a hospital June 8 from what appear to be natural causes, South Carolina Corrections...

Spanish prosecutors want inquiry into church sex abuse cases

Jun. 24, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's public prosecutors are suggesting opening a national investigation into the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church, the first such official proposal in the country. In a written report to the Ministry of Justice, the Spanish prosecutor's office says that new ways to face "a...

Reds withstand another homer by Yelich, beat Brewers 11-7

Jun. 22, 2019 2:03 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Derek Dietrich turned a hitless night into a decisive contribution. Dietrich was hit by a pitch three times and walked, scoring each time, and the Reds withstood another homer from major league leader Christian Yelich, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 11-7 on Friday night and extending their...

Dominican judge sends 6 to trial in giant Odebrecht scandal

Jun. 21, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A judge in the Dominican Republic on Friday ordered a former Senate president, an ex-public works minister and four other people to stand trial in a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Judge Francisco Ortega Polanco sent ex-Senate...

APNewsBreak: 395 claims filed in church bankruptcy case

Jun. 21, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 400 claims have been filed against New Mexico's largest and oldest Roman Catholic diocese as part of a pending bankruptcy case that stems from the clergy sex abuse scandal, church officials announced Friday. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe reported that 395 people filed claims...

Trial date set for man accused in attack at Catholic store

Jun. 21, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of killing one woman and sexually assaulting two others at a religious supply store near St. Louis will go to trial next year. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the trial for 53-year-old Thomas Bruce, of Imperial, was scheduled Friday for Oct. 13, 2020. Bruce is charged...

Vatican sex abuse office looking for more canonists

Jun. 21, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office that handles clergy sex abuse is looking for help to process what a top official says is a steady stream of cases that arrive every day from around the world. Monsignor John Kennedy, head of the discipline section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,...

Charitable giving by individual Americans drops in 2018

Jun. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans' giving patterns. The Giving USA report, released Tuesday,...

Judge declares mistrial on remaining counts in Benghazi case

Jun. 17, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge has declared a mistrial on 15 remaining charges against a Libyan militant who was found guilty last week of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The mistrial in the case of Mustafa al-Imam was declared Monday in Washington after a jury could not reach a...

Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative

Jun. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the relative...