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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Japan local leader Harumi Suzuki holds signs while speaking during an interview with The Associated Press in Tokyo. Suzuki has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Japan Catholic Church sued for damages in alleged sex abuse

Sep. 25, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan. The civil lawsuit, filed this week in Sendai District Court, seeks 56.1 million yen...

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German bishops set up system for larger sex abuse payments

Sep. 24, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Catholic Church in Germany is setting up a new system to compensate survivors of sexual abuse by clergy that will provide for payments of up to about 50,000 euros ($58,400) to each victim. Victims will be able to apply for payments under the new system starting Jan. 1, the head of the...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli court on Monday, Sert. 21, 2020 approved the extradition of the former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex case

Sep. 21, 2020 4:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former...

Former Episcopal priest gets 6 years on child porn charge

Sep. 18, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Episcopal priest in Massachusetts convicted of downloading child pornography was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison. Gregory Lisby, 41, received the sentence in U.S. District Court in Worcester during a hearing at which it was disclosed that he had sexual...

Ex-Catholic school teacher charged in 1970's sex abuse cases

Sep. 14, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A former Catholic school teacher in Michigan faces sex abuse allegations stretching back more than four decades. Charges against Joseph Comperchio are part of the state's ongoing investigation into clergy abuse, Attorney General Dana Nessel's office announced Monday. Comperchio, 66,...

Priest tapped as Duluth, Minnesota bishop resigns amid probe

Sep. 7, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A priest recently tapped by Pope Francis to become a bishop for a northern Minnesota diocese has resigned after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the 1980s surfaced before he could take up his post. The Vatican announced Monday that Francis had accepted the resignation of...

Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope: Gossiping is "plague worse than COVID"

Sep. 6, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church. Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and even within the Vatican...

FILE - In this Monday, June 10, 2019, file photo, St. Francis of Assisi church and school stand in Greenwood, Miss. Paul A. West, a former Catholic brother at the church, has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, after an Aug. 24, 2020 hearing. West faces sexual battery charges in a case involving cousins La Jarvis and Joshua Love. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Former Catholic brother returned to face Mississippi charges

Sep. 2, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

A former Catholic brother has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, where he faces sexual battery charges in a case involving two impoverished Black boys who say they were pressured as men into accepting paltry payouts to settle their abuse claims. The men have accused Paul A. West,...

Priest accused of sexually assaulting boy over 3-year period

Aug. 27, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

FAIRCHANCE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania priest has been charged with the sexual assault of an altar boy during a three-year period that started when the victim was 11, authorities said. The Rev. Andrew Kawecki, 65, of Scottdale, surrendered Wednesday at the Attorney General's office in Fayette County, where...

Vegas diocese adds name to list of credibly accused clergy

Aug. 21, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Church officials in Nevada said Friday they’re following their counterparts in Louisiana in adding a Roman Catholic priest who was suspended in 2018 to a list of clergy members credibly accused of sexual abuse. The Diocese of Las Vegas said it suspended Henry Brian Highfill in...