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McCarrick accuser cooperates with NYC prosecutors on abuse

The key accuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with New York City prosecutors, evidence that the scandal that has convulsed the papacy is now …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Lawsuit: Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon church, saying he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care for the school year.


Vatican: Argentine bishop at Holy See under investigation

The Vatican has confirmed that an Argentine bishop, who resigned suddenly in 2017 for stated health reasons and then landed a top administrative job at the Holy See, is under …


U.S. Catholic bishops to pray over clergy sexual abuse scandal

U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops are gathering Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and …


Pope’s initial blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Pope: Church will ‘never again’ cover up clergy sex abuse

Pope Francis demanded Friday that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in and vowed that the Catholic Church will “never again” hide their crimes.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

House panel finds Olympic leaders valued image over safety

A congressional review of the U.S. Olympic system’s handling of sex-abuse cases criticizes a culture that sought to protect reputation and image over athlete safety.


LA bishop resigns 13 years after church learned of sex claim

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following an allegation of sexual misconduct with a child in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday.


Coaching website tries to shift conversation about sex abuse

An entrepreneur is embarking on what could be a meaningful solution in a wide ranging sex abuse crisis in Olympic sports: helping families discover which coaches are certified and best …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 10:14 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Hey Ben Shapiro, you think media exaggerate abuse by priests? Take a stroll to the Bea House at Gonzaga.

Here’s an idea. Gonzaga University could invite professional conservative martyr Ben Shapiro to reprise the topic of one of his recent Daily Wire podcasts: Has Catholic Church Sex Abuse Been …


Jesuits name priests it says were ‘credibly accused’ of sexually abusing children

The Maryland Province Jesuits, a Catholic religious order with priests serving throughout the Washington area and across eight states, released a list Monday of priests in the order who have …


Seattle Archdiocese pays $7M to settle sex abuse claims

Jim Hauer’s case is among a spate of sexual-abuse claims separately brought by six men that the archdiocese recently settled by collectively paying nearly $7 million. Hauer and the five …


Pope wraps up synod on youth claiming persecution over abuse

Pope Francis wrapped up a monthlong meeting of bishops dedicated to young people by saying Saturday the Catholic Church was being “persecuted” and “dirtied” by accusations from the devil – …


Pope accepts Washington cardinal’s resignation amid scandal

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in …


Sex abuse scandal: Pope seeks prayers to fight ‘devil’

Pope Francis asked Saturday for daily prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are “attacks by the devil,” in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse …


Pope summons bishops for February abuse prevention summit

Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children – evidence that he …


Nearly every Native American woman in Seattle survey said she was raped or coerced into sex

In the survey of 148 Native American and Alaska Native women, more than half the women — 53 percent — were homeless at the time they answered the questions.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 1:05 p.m.

Pope in Ireland decries abuse cover-up, meets with victims

Pope Francis faced a lukewarm reception and scattered protests Saturday on his trip to Ireland, with even his vow to rid the church of the “scourge” of sexual abuse and …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 1:12 p.m.

Ex-CDC director Thomas Frieden denies groping allegation

A former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was accused of grabbing a woman’s behind and was arrested Friday on a sex abuse charge but said …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

Vatican condemns reported sex abuse by Pennsylvania priests

The Vatican expressed “shame and sorrow” on Thursday about a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses and decried the abuse as …


Chile authorities raid Episcopal Conference in abuse probe

Chilean authorities raided the headquarters of the Catholic Church’s Episcopal Conference on Tuesday as part of a widespread investigation into sex abuse committed by members of the Marist Brothers order …


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

10 more ex-students sue Ohio State over sex abuse by doctor

Ten more former students are suing Ohio State University over alleged sexual misconduct by a now-dead team doctor, accusing the school of “institutional indifference” about students’ safety. The case filed …


Pope begins purge in Chilean church over sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis accepted the resignations Monday of the bishop at the center of Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal and two other priests, launching a purge of the Catholic Church in …


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Pope digs deeper into roots of Chile sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis dug deeper into the roots of Chile’s sex abuse scandal by meeting Saturday with a group of priests who were trained in a cult-like Catholic community and suffered …


Ex-USA Gymnastics head Steve Penny to attend Senate hearing

Former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny is scheduled to appear before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday to face questioning about the sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.


L.A. police: More than 50 claims of sex abuse by USC doctor

Los Angeles police say that more than 50 women have contacted them about possible sexual abuse by a University of Southern California gynecologist. Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg said Tuesday that …


Judge: Idaho man must serve at least 10 years for sex abuse

An eastern Idaho man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after prosecutors said he sexually abused a child and downloaded child pornography.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Australian cardinal faces 2 trials on sexual abuse charges

Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, will face two trials within months on sex crime allegations spanning …


USA Gymnastics settles sex abuse lawsuit

USA Gymnastics has reached a confidential settlement in a Georgia lawsuit that spurred a newspaper investigation into the organization’s practices for reporting child abuse.


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Pope admits he made ‘grave errors’ in Chile sex abuse case

Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he made “grave errors” in judgment in Chile’s sex abuse scandal and invited the victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness.