Religious scandals

July 07, 2018 - 10:58 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One after another, witnesses beat back fear of revealing details many had kept largely private and recounted to grand jurors their story of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests whom they had trusted. As they spoke, many said they felt compassion from the grand jurors in the...
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July 06, 2018 - 5:52 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Friday decided against immediately releasing an investigative grand jury's report into allegations of decades of child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, instead saying it would hear arguments from priests and others that making it...
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Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson arrives for sentencing at Newcastle Local Court in Newcastle, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Wilson, the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse, was sentenced to 12 months in detention. (Darren Pateman/AAP Image via AP)
July 03, 2018 - 1:07 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday in a landmark case welcomed by some abuse survivors as a strong warning to institutions that fail to protect...
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July 02, 2018 - 6:33 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lengthy report into allegations of sexual abuse and related cover-ups within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic churches remained on hold Monday, as the state's highest court gave those who wanted to keep the grand jury report under wraps three days to weigh in. The state...
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July 02, 2018 - 3:21 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two sisters asked a judge Monday to invalidate broad confidentiality agreements other family members made with a Pennsylvania Roman Catholic diocese so they can speak publicly about sexual abuse at the hands of a parish priest more than two decades ago. The lawsuit in county...
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June 29, 2018 - 3:12 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court is being pressed to publicly release a major grand jury report on allegations of child sexual abuse and cover-ups in six of the state's Roman Catholic dioceses. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro will ask the court to swiftly decide...
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Pope Francis delivers his message on a windy morning during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 28, 2018 - 8:39 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, the latest fallout from a sex abuse scandal whose scope and gravity were initially underestimated by the pontiff. Last month all 31 of Chile's active bishops offered to quit for collectively failing...
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FILE - In this June 3, 2016 file photo, current and former Baylor students hold a rally warning of sexual assaults on and off campus in Waco, Texas. A former athletic director at Baylor University, Ian McCaw, has claimed regents schemed to make black football players scapegoats for a decades-long problem of sexual assault at the school. Excerpts taken from McCaw's June 19 deposition appear in documents filed Wednesday in a federal lawsuit pending against Baylor. Ten women are suing the school over how it handled their allegations of sexual assault. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald via AP, File)
June 27, 2018 - 7:23 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The former athletic director at Baylor University alleges that regents schemed to make black football players scapegoats for a decades-long problem of sexual assault at the nation's largest Baptist school, and that he resigned rather than be part of a massive cover-up. Ian...
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June 22, 2018 - 3:26 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation's third largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis reaches out to hug Cardinal Archbishop emeritus Theodore McCarrick after the Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. Bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. The retired archbishop of Washington, D.C. has been removed from public ministry over allegations he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)
June 20, 2018 - 5:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over "credible" allegations that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church...
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