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Bishop: $1.2M from sale will go to help sex abuse victims

Sep. 15, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say $1.2 million from the sale of the diocesan home of former West Virginia Catholic Bishop Michael J. Bransfield will go to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia. The Intelligencer reports Bishop Mark E. Brennan released the information in a letter Friday to...

Bishop-elect returns to central Iowa to lead diocese

Sep. 14, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The new bishop-elect of Des Moines met former Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch decades ago on a flight. Upon learning he was a postgraduate philosophy student, the lawmaker asked if his studies would erode his faith, the Catholic priest said. "Actually, it enhances my faith," Bishop-elect...

Pope's visit to Thailand will also be a family reunion

Sep. 13, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

UDON THANI, Thailand (AP) — Catholics in Thailand are celebrating the official announcement of the first papal visit in 35 years, but one 77-year-old nun in a far-flung corner of the country has a connection that makes the occasion particularly special. Pope Francis is due to arrive in Thailand on Nov. 20...

Fugitive ex-priest sentenced to 30 years in sex abuse case

Sep. 13, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago was sentenced Friday in New Mexico to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and military base. In ordering the sentence, U.S. District Judge Martha...

Dismissed NFL suit cited in sexual abuse suit against church

Sep. 13, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana court's recent dismissal of a lawsuit against the NFL over officiating at a January playoff game is now being cited by attorneys for the Catholic Church as they fight civil lawsuits over alleged sex abuse by clergy. A Tuesday filing by church attorneys quotes from the Supreme...

Retired Wisconsin priest acquitted of sexual assault

Sep. 13, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin jury on Friday acquitted a retired Catholic priest on charges alleging that he had sexually assaulted an altar boy over several years, starting in 2006. The Jefferson County jury found William Nolan, 66, not guilty of five counts of sexual assault following a weeklong...

The Latest: Dismissed NFL suit cited in 2 sex abuse defenses

Sep. 13, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on lawyers for the Catholic Church citing the Louisiana Supreme Court's dismissal of a lawsuit against the NFL in efforts to end lawsuits against the church over sexual abuse (all times local): 4 p.m. For the second time this week, Catholic Church attorneys fighting sex abuse...

Missouri investigation: 12 ex-clergy could face prosecution

Sep. 13, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday referred 12 former priests for potential criminal prosecution but stopped short of recommending charges against any top church leaders, despite concluding the Roman Catholic Church was involved in "long, sustained and far-reaching cover-up."...

The Latest: Fugitive priest sentenced in US sex abuse case

Sep. 13, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former New Mexico priest convicted of sex abuse case (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A former Roman Catholic priest who authorities say fled the country in the early 1990s as he faced sex abuse allegations in New Mexico has been sentenced to 30 years...

The Latest: Nagasaki archbishop welcomes Francis' visit

Sep. 13, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Thailand and Japan in November (all times local): 3 p.m. Nagasaki Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, who heads the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, has welcomed Pope Francis' upcoming visit, saying he and others in the Japanese church have been...