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Victims, reports say boards to review church abuse flawed

Nov. 21, 2019 8:42 AM EST

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no...

10 Things to Know for Today

Nov. 21, 2019 8:38 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. KEY WITNESSES CAP INTENSE WEEK IN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY David Holmes and Fiona Hill are expected to recount how they grew alarmed by how Trump and others in his orbit were conducting foreign policy in Ukraine....

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Nov. 21, 2019 8:18 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry. During an open-air Mass at Bangkok’s national...

DC priest says he was ‘too busy’ to abuse parishioners

Nov. 21, 2019 8:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. priest convicted of sexually abusing two child parishioners is asking for mercy at his sentencing and maintaining his innocence, saying he was “too busy to do a crazy thing.” WTOP-FM reports 47-year-old Urbano Vazquez submitted a nine-page written letter to a judge...

The Latest: Pope again denounces ills of human trafficking

Nov. 21, 2019 7:57 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’s visit to Thailand and Japan (all times local): 7 p.m. Pope Francis has denounced the “humiliation” endured by women and children forced into prostitution and migrants enslaved as fishermen and beggars. Francis told an estimated 60,000 people...

German leader Merkel to make 1st visit to Auschwitz

Nov. 21, 2019 6:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to visit the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz for the first time in her 14 years in office. The Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday that Merkel has accepted an invitation to attend the 10th anniversary of the Auschwitz-Birkenau...

Across Mister Rogers’ actual neighborhoods, his faith echoes

Nov. 21, 2019 2:24 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — His TV neighborhood, was, of course, a realm of make believe — a child’s-eye view of community summoned into being by an oddly understanding adult, cobbled together from a patchwork of stage sets, model houses and pure, unsullied love. Visiting it each day, with Mister...

US Catholic Church boards reviewing sex abuse fail victims

Nov. 21, 2019 12:57 AM EST

The U.S. Catholic Church pushed what it called a key reform to address its exploding clergy sex abuse scandal almost two decades ago: Mandatory review boards with lay people in each diocese to review the claims of victims fairly and kindly. But It often hasn’t worked that way, an Associated Press...

Suu Kyi to lead Myanmar team contesting genocide court case

Nov. 20, 2019 9:11 PM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar said Wednesday its leader Aung San Suu Kyi will head the legal team contesting a genocide case filed against it in the International Court of Justice over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims two years ago that set off their exodus to Bangladesh. Myanmar’s military has...

Detroit-area priest gets jail; second priest pleads guilty

Nov. 20, 2019 6:34 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area Catholic priest was sentenced to 45 days in jail Wednesday for assaulting a suicidal younger man who wanted counseling, while a priest in western Michigan pleaded guilty to binding a teenager with bubble wrap and tape. The Rev. Patrick Casey was accused of engaging in sex acts...