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FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. Four alleged victims of the former Cardinal have filed a $75 million lawsuit against the Vatican that claims it should be held liable for allowing the disgraced cleric to serve in multiple positions in New York and New Jersey when it knew of numerous allegations of sexual abuse against him. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Alleging sex abuse, 4 sue Vatican over handling of McCarrick

Nov. 19, 2020 7:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Four accusers of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick have filed a lawsuit against the Vatican, arguing it should be held liable for allowing the now-disgraced cleric to serve in multiple positions in New York and New Jersey when it knew of numerous allegations of sexual abuse against him. ...

FILE - In this July 29, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis answers reporters questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on the journey back from Brazil. Pope Francis' famous quip “Who am I to judge?” ,  en route home from his first papal trip, could go a long way toward explaining his initial attitude toward Theodore McCarrick, the defrocked and disgraced American cardinal who was the subject of a two-year Vatican investigation that was released last week on Nov. 9, 2020.(AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool, file)

AP Analysis: 'Who am I to judge?' might explain pope's view

Nov. 18, 2020 11:37 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis' famous remark “Who am I to judge?” could go a long way toward explaining his initial attitude toward Theodore McCarrick, the defrocked and disgraced American cardinal who was the subject of a two-year Vatican investigation that was released last week. Francis uttered...

Houston-area priest pleads guilty to child indecency counts

Nov. 17, 2020 4:59 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty on Tuesday to indecency with a child related to molestations that took place at his church more than 20 years ago. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez had been facing five charges of indecency with a child. But as part of an agreement with the Montgomery...

Jessica Mann arrives at Harvey Weinstein's trial on charges of rape and sexual assault, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in New York.  A group of women, including Mann, who said they were victimized by Weinstein,  endorsed former prosecutor Lucy Lang on Tuesday, Nov. 17 to replace the Manhattan district attorney who put the movie mogul behind bars. Mann's days of grueling testimony helped lead to Weinstein's conviction. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Weinstein accusers endorse Manhattan DA candidate Lucy Lang

Nov. 17, 2020 11:23 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of women who say they were victimized by Harvey Weinstein, including one who testified at his trial, have endorsed former prosecutor Lucy Lang to replace the Manhattan district attorney who put the movie mogul behind bars. The women announcing support for Lang's candidacy Tuesday...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick prays during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore. U.S. Catholic bishops are holding their annual fall assembly virtually this week with the Vatican's recent report on the rise and fall of disgraced ex-Cardinal McCarrick one of their main topics for discussion.  Released last week after a two-year investigation, the report found that three decades of bishops, cardinals, and popes dismissed or downplayed reports McCarrick shared his bed with seminarians.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Takeaways from Vatican's McCarrick report as US bishops meet

Nov. 17, 2020 3:11 AM EST

U.S. Catholic bishops are holding their annual fall assembly virtually this week with the Vatican's recent report on the rise and fall of disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick one of their main topics for discussion. Released last week after a two-year investigation, the report found that three decades of...

Officer pleads guilty to sex abuse of minor in mentor group

Nov. 16, 2020 10:31 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A third Kentucky police officer who was involved with a now-defunct youth mentoring program pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing a juvenile female in the group. Former Louisville Metro Police Officer Brad Schuhmann, 32, admitted in U.S. District Court in Louisville that he...

WVa high court deals setback in state's Catholic church suit

Nov. 16, 2020 7:33 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's attorney general cannot use a consumer protection law to sue a Roman Catholic diocese over sexual abuse allegations, the state's high court said Monday. The West Virginia Supreme Court issued its opinion in response to a lawsuit the state filed last year accusing...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 26, 2019 file photo, UCLA gynecologist James Heaps appears in Los Angeles Superior Court. The prestigious University of California system has reached a proposed $73 million settlement with seven women who accused a former gynecologist of sexual abuse. As part of the class-action lawsuit, more than 6,600 patients of Dr. James Heaps could receive part of the settlement — even if they have not formally accused the former University of California, Los Angeles, gynecologist of abuse. A federal judge must approve the proposed agreement filed Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)

University of California agrees to $73M sex abuse settlement

Nov. 16, 2020 6:22 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The prestigious University of California system has reached a proposed $73 million settlement with seven women who accused a former gynecologist of sexual abuse. As part of the class-action lawsuit, more than 6,600 patients of Dr. James Heaps could receive part of the settlement —...

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron walks the sideline during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Auburn on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Orgeron defends response to allegations against LSU players

Nov. 16, 2020 6:15 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Monday that he has and will continue to take “appropriate action” when he receives allegations of player misconduct such as sexual abuse. The LSU coach, now in his fourth full season, was responding to USA Today investigative article detailing...

University of California system agrees to proposed $73M settlement in lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by gynecologist

Nov. 16, 2020 5:55 PM EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — University of California system agrees to proposed $73M settlement in lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by gynecologist.