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KBI has 74 clergy abuse investigations in 33 counties

Jul. 23, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State authorities have opened more than 70 investigations into alleged sexual abuse by Catholic clergy after receiving over 100 abuse reports in less than six months, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday. The agency's brief statement was its first update since announcing in...

Pope gives West Virginia diocese new leader after scandal

Jul. 23, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's new Roman Catholic bishop vowed Tuesday to work toward restoring faith in the diocese after a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. Pope Francis named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the...

Attorney general given diocese files to review abuse claims

Jul. 23, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general announced Tuesday that he has gained access to nearly 70 years of records from the Diocese of Providence for his review of allegations of sexual abuse by clergy. The Roman Catholic diocese earlier this month released a list of 50 clerics, religious...

The Latest: Leader of West Virginia Catholics 'full of hope'

Jul. 23, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the leadership changes at West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese (all times local): 9:50 a.m. The new leader of West Virginia's Roman Catholics has appeared in Wheeling. The Most Reverend Mark Brennan, formerly the auxiliary bishop in Baltimore, was named by Pope...

Deceased Knoxville priest, bishop accused of sexual abuse

Jul. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has sued the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, claiming he was sexually abused by a priest and bishop while serving as an altar boy in the 1990s. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Michael Boyd filed the suit in Knox County on Thursday. It claims Boyd was abused by...

Ex-judge investigates abuse allegations against late bishop

Jul. 22, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts has brought in a retired judge to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against a former bishop. The Diocese of Springfield announced Monday that retired Superior Court Judge Peter Velis will investigate allegations of misconduct...

Saginaw diocese adds priests accused of abuse to website

Jul. 22, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The Roman Catholic diocese in Saginaw has added names of priests credibly accused of abusing minors to its website. The Diocese of Saginaw says The Capuchin Order provided names of eight priests, five of whom are dead, involved in ministry, but the allegations didn't arise in the...

Former West Virginia bishop disciplined by pope

Jul. 19, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis has issued disciplinary action against a former West Virginia bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said Friday. The diocese posted the pope's decision on its website, saying former bishop Michael Bransfield can't live within the diocese, can't...

70 Catholics arrested in DC protest over migrant treatment

Jul. 19, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Catholics gathered in the nation's capital to protest the federal government's treatment of migrants, and about 70 sisters, clergy and parishioners were arrested. The Washington Post reports protesters armed with photos of migrant children who died in federal custody recited...

Kansas priest charged with possessing child pornography

Jul. 18, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas priest has been charged with one count of possessing child pornography. The Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, said in a news release Thursday that it reported Christopher Rossman to authorities in September 2016 after learning he had accessed inappropriate content on his...