Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Pakistani police target traffickers selling brides to China

Jun. 17, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — At first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn't bring herself to say what they were doing to her. All the 19-year-old would say was that her new husband — a Chinese man her family sold her off to in marriage — was torturing...

Pakistan police seek to unravel networks trafficking women

Jun. 17, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — With waves of arrests, Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their daughters to Chinese men for cash, and they say evidence is growing that many of the women and girls are sold into prostitution once...

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...

Vatican investigator of child sex abuse meets Polish bishops

Jun. 14, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland's Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors. Scicluna attended the...

Bishops OK anti-abuse steps, but skeptics seek tougher moves

Jun. 14, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Under intense public pressure, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops approved new steps this week to deal more strongly with the clergy sex-abuse crisis. But activists and others say the moves leave the bishops in charge of policing themselves and potentially keep law enforcement at arm's...

Southern Baptist leader bemoans abuse crisis, vows action

Jun. 13, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Sharing a stage with tearful survivors of sex abuse, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention apologized Wednesday for the abuse crisis besetting his denomination and outlined an array of steps to address it. "We are broken-hearted and angry," said the Rev. J.D. Greear as...

Catholic bishops approve new sex-abuse reporting hotline

Jun. 12, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church's most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis. The hotline, which would field allegations that bishops committed abuse...

Ex-Mormon bishop given 4 months in sex abuse of teenage boy

Jun. 12, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A former bishop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been sentenced to four months in jail after being found guilty of sexual abuse of one teenage boy and lewdness with another. The Deseret News reports that during sentencing Wednesday in the Salt Lake City...

New court ruling may help older clergy abuse claims proceed

Jun. 12, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court has ruled that an evolving legal landscape means a woman can pursue her lawsuit claiming officials in the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese worked to conceal her alleged molestation by a priest. A three-judge Superior Court panel Tuesday reinstated Renee...

Holy Cross order releases list of accused abusive priests

Jun. 12, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Roman Catholic religious order that founded the University of Notre Dame has identified 14 priests and one seminarian who it says were credibly accused of sexually abusing minors across the country since the 1940s. The South Bend, Indiana-based Congregation of Holy Cross U.S....