Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Report on sexual abuse in key German diocese to be released

Jan. 20, 2022 04:11 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A long-awaited report on the Catholic Church's handling of sexual abuse by clergy and others in Germany's Munich archdiocese, which was once led by retired Pope Benedict XVI, is set to be released Thursday. The archdiocese commissioned the report from law firm...

Former priest named in dozens of child abuse lawsuits dies

Jan. 18, 2022 16:28 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who was named in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits was found dead in Kansas City on Sunday, police said. Emergency responders found Thomas Reardon, 80, a former priest in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, dead Sunday...

Indian court acquits bishop of charge of raping nun

Jan. 14, 2022 09:47 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Friday acquitted a Roman Catholic bishop of charges of raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that became a major issue amid allegations of sexual harassment in the church. Sessions Judge G. Gopakumar in a brief order said the bishop was not...

Victims seek definitive European ruling on Vatican immunity

Jan. 13, 2022 13:56 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Clergy abuse victims asked the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday to make a definitive ruling on whether the Holy See can continue to avoid being held liable for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests by claiming state immunity. Lawyers for the victims asked...

Polish diocese apologizes for asking if abuse victim is gay

Jan. 13, 2022 13:05 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Poland apologized on Thursday for having asked a court to determine whether a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest is gay, and whether the sexual contact may have consequently been pleasurable for him. Following wide...

Kin of dead sex abuse victim sue under new California law

Jan. 12, 2022 11:46 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After decades of dealing with the boyhood trauma of being molested by a priest, Jim Bartko sued the Roman Catholic church two years ago. But the lawsuit was dismissed when he died four days after speaking publicly about it. A new law has now...

BSA bankruptcy plan misses mark in vote by abuse claimants

Jan. 05, 2022 14:54 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A preliminary voting report in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy indicates the group’s reorganization plan has failed to win the desired support from tens of thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as children. The report, filed late Tuesday...

Indiana priest reaches plea deal in sexual abuse cases

Dec. 29, 2021 14:01 PM EST

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana priest has agreed to plead guilty to child solicitation and sexual battery charges for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage girl and a young woman. Father David Huneck was charged in October with felony child solicitation and sexual...

Tutu's advocacy for LGBTQ rights did not sway most of Africa

Dec. 29, 2021 02:31 AM EST

Desmond Tutu is being remembered for his passionate advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people as well as his fight for racial justice. But the South African archbishop’s campaign against homophobia had limited impact in the rest of Africa, where same-sex marriage remains illegal and most countries...

Retired Virginia priest charged with child sex abuse

Dec. 28, 2021 17:56 PM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A retired priest who once oversaw the safety of children in a Catholic diocese in the Washington suburbs has been charged with sexually assaulting a child, Virginia’s attorney general announced Tuesday. A Fairfax County grand jury indicted Terry Specht, 68, of...