Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Defrocked Mass. priest ordered to serve 16 years in Maine

May. 24, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts priest who was defrocked for child sexual abuse and was portrayed in the movie "Spotlight" is going to prison for a second time — this time in Maine. A judge on Friday ordered Ronald Paquin to serve 16 years in state prison for sexually abusing an altar boy...

5 former Michigan Catholic priests charged with sex crimes

May. 24, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan prosecutors announced Friday that five former Catholic priests are facing sexual abuse charges as part of the state attorney general's ongoing investigation into clergy abuse going back decades. Attorney General Dana Nessel said the priests served in dioceses in Detroit, Lansing and...

The Latest: 5 priests charged with sex crimes in Michigan

May. 24, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan attorney general's investigation of clergy abuse within the Catholic Church (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says prosecutors have brought sexual abuse charges against five Catholic priests as part of her office's...

Catholic nuns urged to speak out about, confront sex abuse

May. 24, 2019 7:12 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The umbrella group of Catholic nuns is urging religious sisters around the world to speak out about sexual abuse by priests and other abuses of power that they experience, while also announcing new initiatives to protect children in their care. The International Union of Superiors...

Italy's Catholic bishops 'morally obliged' to report abuse

May. 23, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Italian Catholic Church hierarchy said Thursday it had approved guidelines establishing a "moral obligation" to report cases of clergy sex abuse to police, after bishops long downplayed the problem and covered it up. The Italian bishops' conference didn't immediately release the...

Polish bishops admit they haven't done enough to stop abuse

May. 22, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's bishops acknowledged on Wednesday that they have not done enough to prevent clerical abuse of minors and said there are "no words" to describe their shame about sex scandals involving priests. The acknowledgement came as Poland, where Catholic traditions and faith remain...

Kansas Christian school founder acquitted of child sex abuse

May. 22, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The co-founder of a suburban Kansas City school has been found not guilty of child sexual abuse charges. Fox4KC reports 49-year-old Dennis Creason was acquitted Tuesday on several counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Creason and his wife, of Bonner Springs, co-founded...

Amended sex abuse suit filed against W.Va. Catholic diocese

May. 21, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese failed to publicly disclose decade-old allegations of sexual abuse of a student involving a Catholic school teacher, the state's attorney general said Tuesday. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced an amended lawsuit against the Diocese...

Wilton Gregory installed as new archbishop of Washington

May. 21, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev. Wilton D. Gregory was installed Tuesday as the seventh archbishop of Washington following a pair of high-profile sexual abuse cases that ensnared his two predecessors. The 71-year-old Gregory, previously the archbishop of Atlanta, becomes the first African American to lead the...

DC priest accused of abusing girls, woman faces single trial

May. 21, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing two children and a woman involved in his Washington, D.C., parish wants the cases to be tried separately. WTOP-FM reports that Urbano Vazquez's lawyer says a single trial would be unfair. Attorney Robert Bonsib says that if jurors hear about...