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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.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

Vatican sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

The special envoy sent by Pope Francis to investigate allegations that a bishop had covered up sex abuse was undergoing gallbladder surgery Wednesday in Chile, church officials said.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Champion swimmer accuses Olympic coach of underage sex abuse

A U.S. Olympic champion swimmer has accused a team coach of sexually abusing her starting when she was 16, the latest misconduct allegations against those charged with caring for young …


AP Exclusive: Letter about abuse cover-up belies pope denial

The letter was graphic not just in describing how the priest kissed and fondled the boy, but also in how other priests who saw the abuse tried to hush it …


Legislation prompted by sports doctor scandal heads to Trump

Congress has responded to the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar by sending President Donald Trump legislation that requires governing bodies for amateur athletics to swiftly report claims …


Pope apologizes to abuse victims, but defends Chilean bishop

Pope Francis apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show “proof” to be believed, saying he realized it was a “slap in the face” to victims that he never …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Pope says Chile’s sex abuse victims slandering bishop

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

‘How dare you’: Gymnasts confront Michigan sports doctor

A medal-winning Olympic gymnast said Thursday that sexual assault by a Michigan sports doctor “left scars” in her mind that may never fade as a judge heard a third day …


Women overcome community pressure to send Ore. man to prison

The intense pressure to keep quiet began almost immediately after four girls reported that they’d been molested by a well-known member of their community: You’re lying. Take it back. Change …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 11:34 a.m.

Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable’ harm from sex abuse

Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the “irreparable damage” done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a …


Attorneys seek to break impasse with diocese over sex abuse

Attorneys for about 80 people with claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings over sexual abuse by former priests and other employees want to move their cases forward.


Witherspoon reveals Hollywood assault; Lawrence talks abuse

For her part, Jennifer Lawrence pledged to be an advocate for “anyone who has ever felt threatened in this industry.”


Carlson says nation shifting on harassment issue

Out Tuesday, the one-time Fox News Channel personality’s book “Be Fierce” compiles many harassment stories she’s collected since her lawsuit last year that led to the ouster of former Fox …