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Priest accused of having child pornography

Dec. 7, 2019 1:36 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland-area Roman Catholic priest who is accused of having child pornography is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday. Authorities arrested the Rev. Robert McWilliams on Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Strongsville. He's charged with possessing child...

Queens church leader charged with sexually assaulting boy

Dec. 6, 2019 4:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of a church in Queens has been charged with sexually assaulting a congregant over a three-year period, starting when the victim was 12, prosecutors said Friday. Bishop Jesé Milagrosa of Our Lady of La Salette Church was arraigned Thursday on charges including...

Rochester diocese request led to beatification delay

Dec. 6, 2019 4:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic diocese of Rochester, N.Y., confirms it made the request for further investigations that prompted the Vatican to take the rare step of delaying Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s journey to sainthood. Sheen, who died in 1979, was best known for his radio and TV preaching. The new...

Lawsuit: McCarrick victim told pope of sex abuse in 1988

Dec. 5, 2019 3:47 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man claims in a lawsuit filed under a recently enacted New Jersey law that he told Pope John Paul II in 1988 about being sexually abused as a child by the priest who would become Cardinal Theodore McCarrick but that the Vatican did nothing — claims he also made in a lawsuit...

Ex-Maryland pastor pleads guilty to sex offense against teen

Dec. 5, 2019 1:26 PM EST

DUNDALK, Md. (AP) — The former pastor of an independent, fundamentalist Baptist church in Maryland has admitted to assaulting a 17-year-old. Cameron Giovanelli, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault charges as part of a deal that dropped charges including...

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Dec. 4, 2019 2:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignation and appointed Edward...

Internal investigation clears Tulsa priest of allegations

Dec. 3, 2019 6:02 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa Roman Catholic priest is being allowed to return to work after officials with the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma say an internal investigation failed to substantiate allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The diocese on Tuesday announced that the Rev. Joe Townsend is no...

Surge of new abuse claims threatens church like never before

Dec. 3, 2019 12:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of another long day trying to sign up new clients accusing the Roman Catholic Church of sexual abuse, lawyer Adam Slater gazes out the window of his high-rise Manhattan office at one of the great symbols of the church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “I wonder how much...

Former Colorado priest up for possible parole in sex

Dec. 3, 2019 11:06 AM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest imprisoned for sexually assaulting a teen in Colorado is up for possible parole. The Coloradoan reports that 57-year-old Timothy Evans told the parole board Monday that he is “absolutely” guilty of abuse but has learned to identify his...

Lawsuit: Ex-Cardinal McCarrick abused boy in Newark in 1990s

Dec. 2, 2019 9:06 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a teenage boy in the 1990s when he was leader of the Archdiocese of Newark, according to a lawsuit filed under a newly enacted New Jersey law that gives accusers more time to make legal claims. Another lawsuit filed by two of six...