Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Advocate for those abused by priests seek state police probe

May. 27, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An advocate for people abused by priests asked Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday to direct the Louisiana State Police to conduct a statewide investigation of the Catholic church for its role in child sexual abuse cases. Richard Windmann, leader of the state chapter of Survivors Network of...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018 file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli court ruled Tuesday, May 26, 2020, that Leifer who is wanted on pedophilia charges in Australia, is fit to stand trial for extradition. The ruling capped a years-long legal battle in the case of Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing former students. She has been fighting extradition from Israel for six years and the legal wrangle to bring her before an Australian court has caused a diplomatic strain between the two allies. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israeli court: Alleged child sex abuser fit to stand trial

May. 26, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court Tuesday ruled that a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia is fit to stand trial for extradition, capping a years-long battle that has strained relations between the two allies and angered Australia's pro-Israel Jewish community. The ruling...

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Monday, May 18, 2020. The Pope held the morning mass in the chapel where is located the grave of John Paul II. (Vatican Media via AP)

St John Paul II honored as Poland sees new abuse allegations

May. 18, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — St. John Paul II was honored on the centennial of his birth Monday with special Masses at the Vatican and in his native Poland, an anniversary that comes as the Polish church finds itself confronted by new allegations of clerical sex abuse. From the small town of Wadowice, Poland,...

In this May 27, 2015, image made from video released by Royal Commission, pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale gives evidence, asked by an official, lower right, during a child sex abuse royal commission, in Ballarat, Australia. Ridsdale was sentenced to more jail time Thursday, May 14, 2020, after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. (Royal Commission/AAP Image via AP)

Australian pedophile priest sentenced to more jail time

May. 14, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pedophile priest was sentenced to more jail time Thursday after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. In all, Gerald Ridsdale is known to have abused at least 69 children. He has been behind bars since 1994 after he was sentenced to 34 years....

Judge sets deadline for abuse claims vs. Harrisburg diocese

May. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge is giving most claimants until Nov. 13 to seek compensation over child sexual abuse from the Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese, which sought bankruptcy protection earlier this year. The order signed last week by Chief Bankruptcy Judge Henry Van Eck also gave...

In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Pakistani children take part in rally against child abuse, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Associated Press collected dozens of police reports from police stations across Pakistan that allege sexual harassment, rape and physical abuse by Islamic clerics teaching in madrassas or religious schools in Pakistan, where many of the country’s poorest study. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Child sex abuse in Pakistan's religious schools is endemic

May. 11, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

PAKPATTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He’s just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of being a doctor. School frightens him now. Earlier this year, a cleric at the religious school he...

In this Feb. 26, 2019, photo, Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. An Australian inquiry says Pell knew that a pedophile priest had been sexually abusing children years before his arrest and had been aware of the Catholic Church’s clergy abuse problem since the early 1970s. A report from the inquiry on child sexual abuse had been released in 2017, but findings concerning Pell had been redacted to avoid prejudicing juries. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Inquiry: Pell knew of abuse by Australian pedophile priest

May. 7, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell knew that a notorious pedophile priest had been sexually abusing children years before his arrest and had been aware of the Catholic Church's clergy abuse problem since the early 1970s, a government inquiry concluded. A report from the inquiry on...

Springfield Diocese to report sexual assault allegations

May. 7, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield says it will report allegations of clergy sexually assaulting “vulnerable persons” in Western Massachusetts parishes to law enforcement. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski has entered a “Memo of Understanding” with the...

FILE - This combination of March 29, 2017 file photos shows Bridget Kelly, left, and Bill Baroni leaving federal court after sentencing in Newark, N.J. The Supreme Court has thrown out the convictions of the two political insiders involved in New Jersey's

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

May. 7, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

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US bishop resigns; didn't speak up on priest accused of rape

May. 7, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in Cincinnati has resigned after not going to his superiors with concerns about a priest who now is set to be tried on charges that he raped a boy. Pope Francis recently accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer, the Vatican announced...