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Vatican orders sex abuse investigation of Brooklyn bishop

Jan. 20, 2020 7:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican has ordered an investigation of a sexual abuse allegation against Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who was previously named by Pope Francis to investigate the church's response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York received...

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, Ana Lucia Salazar shows a photo of herself when she was 8-years-old, on her smart phone during an interview with the Associated Press in Mexico City. At the time Salazar says she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Legion vows probe into cover-up of abused little girls

Jan. 20, 2020 5:37 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order, already discredited because of its pedophile founder, announced a joint Vatican investigation Monday into the botched handling of a priest who sexually abused girls as young as 6 and suffered no punishment. The horrific case of Fernando...

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, tears well up in Ana Lucia Salazar's eyes as she tells her story of abuse, during an interview in Mexico City. Salazar says that she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest when she was eight. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis

Jan. 20, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them. “As some were reading the Bible, he would rape the others in...

Former French priest Bernard Preynat, center, arrives at the Lyon court house, central France, Monday Jan.13, 2020. Bernard Preynat, is accused of sexually abusing some 75 Boy Scouts went on trial Monday _ but the proceedings were delayed until Tuesday because of a strike by lawyers. Preynat admitted in the 1990s to abusing boys, but was only removed from the priesthood last year. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

French trial exposes how church covered for predator priest

Jan. 19, 2020 10:28 AM EST

LYON, France (AP) — One of the first people to notice Bernard Preynat's unhealthy obsession for young boys was the supervisor at the seminary where, still a teen, the future priest started training for his career in the church. "At 14, 15 years old, I became interested in the youngest boys and the...

Jones scores 20 to lift Radford past Presbyterian 75-64

Jan. 18, 2020 7:39 PM EST

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) — Carlik Jones had 20 points as Radford won its seventh straight game, beating Presbyterian 75-64 on Saturday in a battle of two of the three teams with perfect Big South Conference records. Donald Hicks hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points, matching his career high, and grabbed...

Catholic Bishop Andrew Bellisario speaks at a news conference Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska, announcing a review commissioned by the Archdiocese of Anchorage found credible evidence of sexual misconduct by 14 people who served in the archdiocese dating to 1966. The commission was charged with reviewing personnel files of

14 with church ties named in Alaska misconduct review

Jan. 16, 2020 11:22 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A review commissioned by the Archdiocese of Anchorage found credible evidence of sexual misconduct by 14 people who served in the archdiocese dating to 1966, a church leader announced Thursday. The findings were made by a commission that the archdiocese said included a former police...

Jose Gonzalez, left, follows his 5-year-old daughter, carried by a police officer, as they leave a hospital in Santiago, Panama, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Gonzalez's wife and five of their children are among seven people killed in a religious ritual in the Ngabe Bugle indigenous community. According to local prosecutor Rafael Baloyes indigenous residents were rounded up by lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them

Panama: 7 killed, 14 tortured in exorcism terror rituals

Jan. 16, 2020 7:23 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama, in which indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them "repent their sins,” authorities said Thursday. Police...

Rogelio Cabrera, president of the Mexican Bishops' Conference, speaks during a news conference in Mexico City, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico called on the country’s government Tuesday to modify the legal code and do away with statutes of limitations for sexual abuse of minors. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico bishops urge no statute of limitations for sex abuse

Jan. 14, 2020 10:34 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico called on the country’s government Tuesday to modify the legal code and do away with statutes of limitations for sexual abuse of minors. “We want to ask in the name of the bishops of Mexico for there to be no expiration for this...

Former French priest Bernard Preynat, center, arrives at the Lyon court house, central France, Monday Jan.13, 2020. Bernard Preynat, is accused of sexually abusing some 75 Boy Scouts went on trial Monday _ but the proceedings were delayed until Tuesday because of a strike by lawyers. Preynat admitted in the 1990s to abusing boys, but was only removed from the priesthood last year. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

French priest recounts how he abused boy scouts over decades

Jan. 14, 2020 12:45 PM EST

LYON, France (AP) — A former priest detailed Tuesday how he systematically abused boys over two decades as a French scout chaplain, and said his superiors knew about his “abnormal” behavior as far back as the 1970s. The shocking testimony of Bernard Preynat is likely to further shake up the...

Legion of Christ accused abuser removed from priesthood

Jan. 13, 2020 9:41 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Catholic Church has removed Mexican Fernando Martínez from the priesthood after considering him guilty of various sexual abuse crimes against minors, the Legion of Christ religious order said Monday. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith decided that Martínez...