Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

New Crookston bishop says sexual abuse victims are priority

Oct. 18, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The new bishop of the Crookston diocese said Monday he has learned important lessons about how the Roman Catholic church should respond to abuse by priests. Bishop Andrew Cozzens replaced Bishop Michael Hoeppner, who resigned earlier this year at...

Victims express frustration with archdiocese bankruptcy case

Oct. 18, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It’s been nearly three years since the Archdiocese of Santa Fe filed for bankruptcy, and letters sent to a federal judge reflect impatience with the pace of the proceedings. At least 16 letters have gone to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Thuma...

Southern Baptist leader resigns amid rifts over sex abuse

Oct. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC's response to sexual abuse, a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. ...

KBI say it has opened 122 clergy sex abuse cases in Kansas

Oct. 15, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A task force formed three years ago to investigate clergy sexual abuse in Kansas Catholic dioceses has received 215 tips and opened 122 cases, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Robert Jacobs, executive officer of the KBI, reported on...

Democrats push for action on sexual assault lawsuit bills

Oct. 15, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House Democrats are calling for action on legislation that would remove time limits restricting when sexual assault victims could file lawsuits against their perpetrator. The lawmakers are also urging that hearings be held on a bill that would lift caps on...

Vatican-backed sex abuse research institute expands mandate

Oct. 13, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Catholic Church’s foremost research institute studying sexual abuse of minors is expanding its mandate to also include the sexual and spiritual abuse of adults, evidence of the Vatican's increasing awareness that children aren’t the only victims of clergy who abuse their...

Europe court rejects case seeking to blame Vatican for abuse

Oct. 12, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A European court agreed Tuesday that the Vatican couldn't be sued in a local court for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, affirming that it enjoys sovereign immunity and that the misconduct of priests and their superiors can't be attributed to the Holy See. ...

Pennsylvania attorney general jumps into '22 governor's race

Oct. 11, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high-profile attorney general, Josh Shapiro, will formally announce his candidacy for governor on Wednesday, entering the 2022 race months after making his intentions known and effectively clearing the field of potential rivals for the Democratic...

French actor breaks silence on child sex abuse within church

Oct. 11, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — At the age of eight, Laurent Martinez was sexually abused by a priest. Forty years later, he has chosen to make his story into a play, to show the devastating consequences and how speaking out can help victims heal and rebuild. The play called “Pardon?”...

Authorities: Monk in Alaska faces child sexual abuse charge

Oct. 08, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A monk associated with the Russian Orthodox Church turned himself into police in Kodiak to report that he had sexually abused a child, according to the Alaska Department of Law, which said he arrived to make the report accompanied by a priest and a parent of the child....