Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules

Apr. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation...

LA Archdiocese agrees to $8M payment in sex abuse case

Apr. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a teenager who was sexually abused by the athletic director at her Catholic high school who had continued to work despite prior allegations of misconduct, it was announced Tuesday. A court finalized the settlement last week...

The Latest: LA archdiocese apologizes for teen sex abuse

Apr. 16, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on an $8 million settlement of a sex-abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has apologized for what it calls the "serious harm" done to a 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused by the athletic director...

Kentucky diocese IDs priests 'credibly' accused of abuse

Apr. 16, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, has released a list of priests it says have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. The Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro reports the bishop of the diocese, the Most Rev. William Medley, released the list of 15 priests Friday....

Firm hired to compile list of credibly accused priests

Apr. 13, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An investigative and consulting company operated by three former FBI agents has been hired by the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to compile a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. The Kansas City Star reports that St. Louis-based...

Accused priest list from diocese where abuse 1st made public

Apr. 12, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Catholic diocese where the first widely reported case of clergy sex abuse became public in the 1980s released a list Friday of 33 priests and four deacons credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor or vulnerable adult. The list released by Bishop Douglas Deshotels of...

Students at Mormon-owned BYU urge honor code compassion

Apr. 12, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Several hundred students at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University chanted "If God forgives me, why can't you?" during a protest Friday aimed at pushing college officials to be more compassionate with punishments for violators of rules banning things that are commonplace at other colleges...

Louisiana diocese releases names of clerics accused of abuse

Apr. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

The Catholic diocese for southwest Louisiana released information Thursday about 12 clerics who officials say were credibly accused of sexual abuse. "To the best of my knowledge, we have reviewed and acted upon every report we have received," Bishop Glen John Provost of the Diocese of Lake Charles said in a video...

Retired Pope Benedict wades into clergy sex abuse debate

Apr. 11, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

Pope Benedict XVI has ventured out of retirement to publish an essay blaming the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. His analysis was immediately criticized as "catastrophically irresponsible" — a conflict with efforts by his...

Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse cases

Apr. 11, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests, including accusations from 20 years ago, officials said Thursday. The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Japan said it has established a committee in each diocese to take claims and...