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Oakland, California diocese names 45 accused of sexual abuse

Feb. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Oakland, California, has released the names of 45 priests, deacons and religious brothers who officials say are "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. The San Francisco Chronicle said Monday that Oakland's list goes back to 1962 — when the...

Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poet

Feb. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Pope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal, the Vatican's ambassador to Nicaragua said in a statement Monday. Nuncio Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag said in a statement that Francis removed the canonical censures following a...

Vatican: US prelate accused of abuse not at high court

Feb. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says a Holy See lawyer who appeared on a list of American priests credibly accused of sexual abuse isn't currently at the Catholic church's supreme court, where he holds a top position. Monsignor Joseph Punderson was listed by the diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, last week as...

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

Feb. 18, 2019 11:07 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French judge refused Monday to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal. French director Francois Ozon's film "Grace a Dieu" ("By the Grace of God") won the Berlin Film Festival's jury grand prize on Saturday. The movie, which opens Wednesday,...

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Feb. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to the crisis and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders, officials said Monday....

Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditions

Feb. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega's government announced it held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but the proposal was swiftly met with a raft of preconditions from opposition groups and civil society Sunday....

Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver action

Feb. 17, 2019 1:29 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy are insisting that decisive actions to confront the decades-long problem of pedophile priests and church cover-ups must come out of an upcoming Vatican summit. A founding member of the advocacy group Ending Clergy Abuse, Peter Isely,...

Pope asks for prayers for sex abuse summit at Vatican

Feb. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican, calling abuse an "urgent challenge of our time." He has summoned bishops to Rome to help him chart a way forward after decades of abuse by priests and prelates and the systematic cover-ups of that by...

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'

Feb. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local): 12:20 a.m. The archbishop of Boston says the Vatican's decision to defrock former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is an important step for "administering justice" for McCarrick's crimes. Cardinal Sean...

McCarrick's rise through church hierarchy began as altar boy

Feb. 16, 2019 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's rise through the Catholic Church hierarchy, during which he established a reputation as a globe-trotting human rights advocate before being brought down by sex abuse scandals, began as an altar boy in New York City. McCarrick, who recently became the...