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Rochester diocese request led to beatification delay

Dec. 6, 2019 4:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic diocese of Rochester, N.Y., confirms it made the request for further investigations that prompted the Vatican to take the rare step of delaying Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s journey to sainthood. Sheen, who died in 1979, was best known for his radio and TV preaching. The new...

Lawsuit: McCarrick victim told pope of sex abuse in 1988

Dec. 5, 2019 3:47 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man claims in a lawsuit filed under a recently enacted New Jersey law that he told Pope John Paul II in 1988 about being sexually abused as a child by the priest who would become Cardinal Theodore McCarrick but that the Vatican did nothing — claims he also made in a lawsuit...

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Dec. 4, 2019 2:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignation and appointed Edward...

Surge of new abuse claims threatens church like never before

Dec. 3, 2019 12:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes out the window of his high-rise Manhattan office at one of the great symbols of the church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “I wonder how much...

Lawsuit: Ex-Cardinal McCarrick abused boy in Newark in 1990s

Dec. 2, 2019 9:06 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a teenage boy in the 1990s when he was leader of the Archdiocese of Newark, according to a lawsuit filed under a newly enacted New Jersey law that gives accusers more time to make legal claims. Another lawsuit filed by two of six...

Key points from new wave of Catholic abuse lawsuits

Dec. 2, 2019 9:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Key takeaways from Associated Press reporting showing that new laws in 15 states could clear the way for a deluge of lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church: — Many of the dozen-plus lawyers and clergy abuse watchdog groups interviewed by the AP expect at least 5,000 new cases,...

10 Things to Know for Today

Dec. 2, 2019 8:05 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT CHANGES TO SEX-ABUSE LAWS COULD COST CATHOLIC CHURCH The Associated Press finds that a wave of new laws in 15 states could result in at least 5,000 new cases against the church and more than $4 billion...

New wave of abuse suits could hit church like never before

Dec. 2, 2019 1:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of new laws in 15 states that allow people to make claims of sexual abuse going back decades could bring a deluge of lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church that could surpass anything seen so far in its clergy abuse crisis. Associated Press reporting found it could result in...

A look at 15 states making it easier to sue over sex abuse

Dec. 2, 2019 1:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen states have revised their laws in the past two years extending or suspending statute of limitations to allow child sex abuse claims stretching back decades, unleashing potentially thousands of new lawsuits against the U.S. Roman Catholic Church. Some highlights of the new laws:...

Correction: Sex Abuse-Lawsuits story

Dec. 1, 2019 10:16 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — In a story Nov. 30 about New Jersey sex abuse limits, The Associated Press reported erroneously the type of clients two attorneys represent. Attorneys Jay Mascolo and Jason Amala represent about 40 plaintiffs, not defendants. A corrected version of the story is below: Lawsuit wave...