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Polish archbishop banned for abuse of clerics dies at 84

Nov. 15, 2019 5:44 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Juliusz Paetz, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Poznan in Poland who was banned from active service after allegations he sexually abused young priests and clerics, has died. He was 84. Poland’s Episcopate said Friday that, in consultation with the Vatican, the funeral...

El Salvador questions child molestation ruling

Nov. 14, 2019 7:32 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Church and civic groups in El Salvador are expressing outrage after a court reduced a sexual abuse charge against a judge to a misdemeanor. At issue is the case of a judge who allegedly touched a 10-year-old girl’s genitals through her clothes on a street in San...

Virginia pastor acquitted in West Virginia sex abuse case

Nov. 14, 2019 3:15 PM EST

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia pastor has been acquitted of charges that he sexually abused a girl under the age of 12 in West Virginia. The Exponent Telegram reports a jury on Wednesday found 77-year-old Daniel Houston Shafer of Elk Creek, Virginia, not guilty of first-degree sexual abuse. Harrison...

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

Nov. 14, 2019 9:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech...

Bishop who investigated sex abuse accused of sex abuse

Nov. 13, 2019 5:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church this week. The attorney informed Catholic...

Australia’s highest court will hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal

Nov. 13, 2019 5:45 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned. The decision by the High Court of Australia comes...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Nov. 12, 2019 8:33 PM EST

Australia's highest court on Wednesday agreed to hear an appeal by Cardinal George Pell of his convictions for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. Some events in Pell's career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is appointed archbishop of Melbourne. He...

Australia's highest court agrees to hear appeal from the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse

Nov. 12, 2019 5:36 PM EST
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court agrees to hear appeal from the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse.

Catholic bishops' agenda: immigrants, gun deaths, sex abuse

Nov. 11, 2019 5:19 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — US Catholic bishops received a challenging to-do list Monday as they opened their national assembly — notably to support immigrants and refugees, extend the campaign to curtail clergy sex abuse and work harder to combat gun violence. They also were urged by Pope Francis' envoy to be...

Australian court to say if will hear Cardinal Pell's appeal

Nov. 11, 2019 12:24 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn this week whether Australia's highest court will hear his appeal against convictions for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. The High Court of Australia confirmed on...