Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Columbus diocese task force examining sexual abuse policies

Jan. 25, 2020 9:01 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus has taken steps to examine its policies regarding the sexual abuse of minors with the creation of a task force, and has hired a law firm to determine whether more names should be added to a list of credibly accused priests. The diocese in the...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, a New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the playing field before an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. The Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

NFL’s Saints fight to shield emails in Catholic abuse crisis

Jan. 24, 2020 7:00 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis. Attorneys...

Amish man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing girls

Jan. 24, 2020 5:32 PM EST

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — An elderly Amish man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four girls for years is facing 38 to 76 years in prison in Pennsyvlania, even though the judge acknowledged Friday that the length of the sentence is largely symbolic given the man's age. David Stoltzfus Smucker, 75, pleaded...

Jury convicts ex-religious leader of child sexual abuse

Jan. 24, 2020 4:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury on Friday found a disgraced religious leader guilty of sexually abusing a former church member when she was a child. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said 69-year-old Michael Sperou was convicted of two counts of first-degree sexual penetration of a person under...

Court: Methodist bishops must testify in sex abuse case

Jan. 24, 2020 2:21 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two United Methodist bishops must testify in a lawsuit filed by a one-time church member who claimed he was sexually abused, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday, turning away the church leaders' efforts to stay out of the case. The all-Republican court, in a 7-2 decision,...

Philadelphia Archbishop-elect Nelson J. Perez addresses those assembled at the Archdiocese's offices after his introduction by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, as the 14th Bishop and 10th Archbishop of Philadelphia, on Thursday, January 23, 2020.   (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP )

Cleveland bishop named Philadelphia’s next archbishop

Jan. 23, 2020 4:23 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Roman Catholic bishop of Cleveland will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Vatican announced Thursday, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the region’s 1.3 million-member flock. Nelson Perez, who spent most of his early pastoral career...

Pope Francis touches his ear as he meets faithful in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican during his weekly general audience, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican women's magazine blames drop in nuns on abuses

Jan. 23, 2020 4:14 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican women’s magazine is blaming the drastic drop in the number of nuns worldwide in part on their wretched working conditions and the sexual abuse and abuses of power they suffer at the hands of priests and their own superiors. “Women Church World”...

Child sex abuse substantiated against ex-Oklahoma priest

Jan. 21, 2020 5:14 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City said Tuesday that it has substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse against another priest. The archdiocese said in a news release that allegations of abuse of a minor were substantiated against Father Marvin Leven by the archdiocese following an...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, Patrick Morrisey speaks to reporters after a debate in Morgantown, W.Va. Attorneys generals from 18 states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to continue. West Virginia Attorney General Morrisey says his office will lead the coalition in the friend of the court brief scheduled to be filed Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)

Patrick Morrisey files for 3rd term as attorney general

Jan. 21, 2020 3:50 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed for reelection Tuesday, highlighting his work on the opioid crisis, church sex abuse and opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Morrisey, a Republican, formally turned in his 2020 candidacy paperwork with a gaggle of GOP...

Vatican orders sex abuse investigation of Brooklyn bishop

Jan. 20, 2020 7:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican has ordered an investigation of a sexual abuse allegation against Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who was previously named by Pope Francis to investigate the church's response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York received...