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Phil Saviano, clergy sex abuse survivor who helped expose decades of assaults by Roman Catholic priests, has died at 69

Nov. 28, 2021 14:24 PM EST
BOSTON (AP) — Phil Saviano, clergy sex abuse survivor who helped expose decades of assaults by Roman Catholic priests, has died at 69.

Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick named in sex abuse lawsuit

Nov. 23, 2021 17:43 PM EST

Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is facing another sexual abuse lawsuit, from a man who claims McCarrick abused him in the 1980s in New Jersey. In the lawsuit filed in state court and announced Tuesday, Michael Reading alleged McCarrick engaged in sexual contact with...

Chicago-area priest reinstated year after abuse probe began

Nov. 23, 2021 15:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago priest has been reinstated as a pastor after a review board for the Archdiocese of Chicago found there was “insufficient reason to suspect” he had sexually abused children 25 years ago. The Rev. David F. Ryan was first asked to step...

North Carolina diocese, priest named in sexual abuse lawsuit

Nov. 18, 2021 18:13 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina diocese and a former priest have been named in a lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse involving a boy at an elementary school that spanned four years. The lawsuit was filed in Mecklenburg County by attorneys representing the...

Cologne Catholic church holds penance service on sex abuse

Nov. 18, 2021 09:26 AM EST

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Germany's Roman Catholic archdiocese of Cologne held a service of penance Thursday for cases of sexual abuse by clergy, saying the ritual was not an absolution for the perpetrators but a “confession of guilt.” The German Catholic Church’s...

Ex-Indiana school nurse, pastor gets 105 years for molesting

Nov. 12, 2021 12:41 PM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A former central Indiana school nurse and church pastor has been sentenced to 105 years in prison on child molesting charges. A Delaware County judge ordered the prison term on Wednesday for 57-year-old Brian Couch of Yorktown, who pleaded guilty in...

Portuguese bishops plan committee to investigate sex abuse

Nov. 12, 2021 05:33 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Catholic Church in Portugal is setting up a national committee to coordinate the work of local church groups looking into possible cases of child sex abuse by members of the clergy. The committee will “strengthen and broaden” the...

Former priest pleads guilty to lying to investigators

Nov. 10, 2021 15:45 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A defrocked priest pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of making false statements to FBI agents investigating clergy abuse. Former Philadelphia priest Robert Brennan, 83, changed his plea to guilty Wednesday in federal court, according to court...

Man who stalked reporter who broke church scandal sentenced

Nov. 10, 2021 11:24 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former employee of a now-closed Buffalo Catholic seminary was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison for stalking a journalist who reported on alleged sexual abuse there. Paul Lubienecki, 63, had pleaded guilty to stalking in U.S. District Court...

Lincoln diocese declares fasting day after sex abuse report

Nov. 10, 2021 09:50 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese in Lincoln has declared a day of fasting for its priests in response to a report that identified hundreds of cases of church sex abuse in Nebraska since the 1930s. A message sent to Lincoln-area parishioners said Bishop James...