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KBI received 205 reports of priest abuse; opened 120 cases

Aug. 14, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has received 205 reports of clergy sexual abuse and opened 120 cases since it began investigating the state's Catholic dioceses nearly two years ago, the agency said Friday. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt asked the KBI in November 2018 to...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses are facing recent lawsuits from people hoping a court decision in 2019 has shown a way around time limits for filing litigation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Slew of church abuse lawsuits hinges on state court decision

Aug. 14, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have been hit with about 150 lawsuits from people who say they were sexually abused as children by priests and hope a state court decision last year has shown a way around time limits for legal claims. Lawyers involved in the litigation say they...

FILE -- In this Jan. 12, 2007 file photo archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz talks to reporters after an extraordinary meeting of Poland's Catholic Church, in Warsaw, Poland. Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. Pope Francis continued Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, cleaning house in Poland following revelations about clergy sexual abuse and cover-up, replacing Glodz, the powerful archbishop of Gdansk, on his 75th birthday.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Pope cleans house in Poland after abuse, cover-up scandal

Aug. 13, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis continued cleaning house in Poland on Thursday following revelations of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up, replacing the powerful archbishop of Gdansk on his 75th birthday. While all Catholic bishops must offer to retire when they turn 75, it is highly unusual for the pope to accept...

Bishop of New Ulm diocese resigning, citing health reasons

Aug. 7, 2020 7:20 AM EDT

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — Bishop John LeVoir is resigning from the Diocese of New Ulm, citing health reasons. The 74-year-old bishop has led the Catholic diocese since 2008. The diocese says LeVoir has been undergoing physical and psychological assessments at Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center in Alma,...

This undated booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office shows Jonathan Tsai, the head pastor of a Los Angeles-area church, who has been charged with sexually assaulting young girls after a woman told detectives he repeatedly abused her in her home when she was a child. Tsai is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26. 2020, on charges including lewd acts on a child under 14. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Los Angeles area pastor accused of sexually assaulting girls

Aug. 6, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — The head pastor of a Los Angeles area church has been charged with sexually assaulting young girls after a woman told detectives he repeatedly abused her in her home when she was a child, authorities said. Jonathan Tsai is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26. on charges...

Retired Rhode Island pastor charged with molesting girl

Aug. 3, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island arrested a retired church pastor and charged him with second-degree child molestation. A woman told the Smithfield police department that Archie Emerson, the former pastor of the Ocean State Baptist Church, molested her when she was a child between the ages...

Diocese of Covington releases report on clergy sexual abuse

Aug. 1, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Diocese of Covington has released a report on sexual abuse that found 59 Catholic priests and 31 others associated with the church have sexually abused children since the 1950s. The report was released Friday on the diocese website along with a list naming the accused, The...

2 new lawsuits filed against Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese

Jul. 28, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two new lawsuits allege that the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph covered up abuse by two priests who were known to be sexual predators. The lawsuits, one filed Tuesday and the other on July 20, were announced by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. One of the priests...

FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. A new lawsuit alleges the former Roman Catholic Cardinal and several other clerics sexually abused a teenage boy at a New Jersey beach house in the 1980s.  The suit filed this week in state Superior Court in New Jersey claims the youth, who is not named, was first abused at age 11 when he attended Catholic school in Newark and later was chosen to participate in overnight visits to the beach house in Sea Girt, about 50 miles north of Atlantic City. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Suit alleges McCarrick, others abused youth at beach house

Jul. 23, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

A new lawsuit alleges former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and several other clerics sexually abused a teenage boy at a New Jersey beach house in the 1980s. The suit filed this week in state Superior Court in New Jersey claims the youth, who is not named, was first abused at age 11 when he attended...

Missouri diocese: 3 new credible abuse cases against priest

Jul. 20, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic Diocese has reported receiving three new allegations of sexual misconduct involving a retired priest, and that a review has found the allegations to be credible. The Rev. Gary Carr, who is now retired, was initially named in April when the...