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Seminarian Daniel Rice, left, sits with classmates during a lesson on the Gospel of Luke at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Future Catholic priests remain unflinchingly optimistic despite scandals that have driven faithful from the pews. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

All too aware of clergy abuse, seminarians keep the faith

Feb. 16, 2020 6:32 PM EST

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — The seminarians walk along a hallway lined with photos of classes of priests who came before them. Some are pious alumni who have become their teachers and mentors; others climbed the Catholic hierarchy to be revered as bishops and cardinals. But there are others: Raymond Leneweaver,...

‘Credible’ allegations, but no charges for California priest

Feb. 14, 2020 9:54 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Despite “credible” allegations of sexual abuse against a central California priest, prosecutors said Friday that they are unable to file charges against him because the statute of limitations has expired. Monsignor Craig Harrison was placed on administrative leave from...

New Jersey dioceses push victims fund deadline to Feb. 29

Feb. 14, 2020 3:35 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Roman Catholic dioceses have given a two-week extension to childhood victims of sexual assault considering filing for compensation from a fund the church set up, the account's co-administrator said Friday. Camille Biros, the co-administrator of the fund covering all five...

Defrocked Massachusetts priest appeals sex abuse conviction

Feb. 13, 2020 6:12 PM EST

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A defrocked Massachusetts priest is appealing his conviction of sexually abusing a young boy during trips to Maine in the 1980s. A judge ordered Ronald Paquin, 77, to serve 16 years in state prison in Maine in May after he was found guilty of 11 counts of gross sexual misconduct in...

Bishop reacts to controversy over priest's abortion comments

Feb. 13, 2020 11:28 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in Rhode Island responded to the controversy created by a priest who said he'd deny communion to state legislators who support abortion and then defended his stance by saying abortion is worse than pedophilia. The Rev. Richard Bucci, pastor of Sacred Heart...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, a New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the playing field before an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. An Associated Press review of public tax documents found that the Bensons' foundation has given at least $62 million to the Archdiocese of New Orleans and other Catholic causes over the past dozen years, including gifts to schools, universities, charities and individual parishes.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Judge orders open hearing on NFL team's emails with church

Feb. 13, 2020 11:26 AM EST

News outlets and the public will be able to attend a hearing next week in New Orleans on the confidentiality of emails between Roman Catholic officials and the city's NFL franchise concerning clergy sex-abuse scandals. A state judge in New Orleans ruled Thursday that the Feb. 20 hearing will be open, although...

This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Joseph Henn, a former Catholic priest charged in Arizona with molestation of a child. A lawsuit filed Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix alleged that Henn had sexually abused a girl at a parish in Phoenix about 40 years ago. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Arizona church sued over decades-old abuse allegations

Feb. 12, 2020 10:18 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Two children were sexually abused by Catholic priests about 40 years ago in an Arizona parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix covered up the problem, according to newly filed lawsuits. Both lawsuits were brought Monday under a 2019 state law that extends the right of people who say...

FILE - This undated booking photo provided by the Webster County Jail in Fort Dodge, Iowa shows Joshua Pendleton. A mental competency evaluation has been ordered for Pendleton accused of the Oct. 2, 2019, beating to death of the Rev. Allen Henderson outside a central Iowa church. On Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, a judge approved a request from Pendleton's attorney who claims his client has been acting irrationally. (Webster County Jail via AP, File )

Suspect in killing of Iowa pastor mentally unfit for trial

Feb. 12, 2020 6:18 PM EST

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge man accused of beating a pastor to death outside a central Iowa church was found mentally unfit Wednesday to stand trial. Webster County Judge Gina Badding ordered Joshua Pendleton, 36, to undergo treatment at the Iowa Medical Classification Facility, the Des Moines...

Seminary professor charged with threatening reporter

Feb. 12, 2020 5:20 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An adjunct professor at a New York seminary was charged Wednesday with cyberstalking for allegedly threatening a television reporter over his coverage of misconduct allegations within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Paul Lubienecki, 62, of Hamburg also is accused of harassing a...

Officials: Church staffer paid for wedding with stolen funds

Feb. 12, 2020 10:58 AM EST

FLORENCE, N.J. (AP) — A church's financial manager stole more than $500,000 to pay for her wedding and many other personal expenses, authorities said. Taisha Smith-DeJoseph, 43, of Willingboro, faces numerous charges including theft, misapplication of entrusted property and failure to file personal income...