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Judge moves ahead with key hearing in Boy Scouts bankruptcy

Sep. 21, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Tuesday refused to delay a key hearing that could determine whether the Boy Scouts of America can emerge from bankruptcy later this year with a reorganization plan that would compensate thousands of men who say they were sexually abused as children. ...

Northern Virginia imam charged with indecent liberties

Sep. 21, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — The imam at a northern Virginia mosque has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl who had sought his help. Fairfax County police said Tuesday that the 36-year-old imam, a Maryland resident, served as imam for the last nine years at the...

Ex-Omaha Archdiocese chancellor accused of stealing $275K

Sep. 21, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former chancellor for the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Omaha is under criminal investigation after being accused of stealing a total of $275,000 from a former priest accused of sexual abuse and from a Springfield parish. The Rev....

German cleric defends pope's decision to keep archbishop

Sep. 20, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German Bishops’ Conference on Monday defended the pope’s decision to allow the archbishop of Hamburg to stay on at this post, despite being faulted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations. Limburg Bishop...

Probe of Southern Baptist sex abuse response moves forward

Sep. 19, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The Rev. Marshall Blalock feels the weight of his new responsibility. The South Carolina pastor serves as vice chair of a recently formed Southern Baptist Convention task force charged with overseeing an investigation into how a top...

Pope to bishops: Listen to abuse victims for sake of church

Sep. 18, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged European bishops on Saturday to listen to survivors of clergy sexual abuse and consider them partners in reform, warning that their failure to do so risks the very future of the Catholic Church. Francis issued a videomessage to Central...

Former Delaware pastor found liable for child sexual abuse

Sep. 17, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A woman who said her father, a former pastor of a Delaware church, sexually abused her as a child and trafficked her to other men, was awarded $1.5 million by a federal jury on Friday. Alicia Cohen, 41, said in her civil lawsuit that Ronald Cohen...

Lawsuit: Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick abused man in 1980s

Sep. 16, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

Three sex abuse lawsuits filed against a New Jersey diocese and announced Thursday include claims that defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a young man in the 1980s. The lawsuit accuses McCarrick of sexual battery against the man, who was in his late teens and...

Chicago-area priest back under scrutiny for possible abuse

Sep. 16, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago priest cleared last week of of allegations he sexually abused children 25 years ago is back under scrutiny because new information has become available, Cardinal Blase Cupich said Thursday. Cupich wrote a letter to parishioners of St....

Pope rejects German archbishop's resignation over abuse

Sep. 15, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of the archbishop of Hamburg, who offered to step down in March after a report faulted him for his handling of sexual abuse allegations in his previous diocese. The papal nuncio's office in Berlin said in a...