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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Bishop who investigated sex abuse accused of sex abuse

A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

Accused of abuse, priests move on to teach, counsel, prey

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from …


Wave of child sex abuse lawsuits threatens Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America is facing a growing threat from a wave of lawsuits filed over decades-old allegations of sexual abuse.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

R. Kelly pleads not guilty to sexually abusing women, girls

R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges he sexually abused women and girls who attended his concerts.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019

Financier in sex case went from math whiz to titan

Jeffrey Epstein has long been an enigma, his rags-to-riches ascent shrouded in mystery


Amid sex abuse scandals, Vatican upholds confession secrecy

Amid pedophile clergy scandals, the Vatican has declared “unacceptable” any efforts by politicians or lawmakers to force priests violate their sacred obligation to keep secret what faithful tell them in …


Cancer patient accuses UCLA gynecologist of sex abuse

A cancer patient is the latest woman to accuse a retired University of California, Los Angeles gynecologist of sexually abusing her during treatment.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

Southern Baptists meet; sex abuse crisis tops agenda

The Southern Baptist Convention opened a national meeting Tuesday that was expected to be dominated by discussion of a large-scale sex-abuse crisis . Delegates were expected to adopt new abuse …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church

Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse this month, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at …


UPDATED: Sun., June 9, 2019

Sex abuse crisis the focus as U.S. Catholic bishops convene

U.S. Catholic bishops gather for a national meeting under pressure to give a larger role to lay Catholics and secular authorities in confronting the church’s ever-widening sex-abuse crisis.


Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as Southern Baptists convene

Sex-abuse crisis overshadows other issues as Southern Baptist Convention convenes its annual national meeting in Alabama.


UPDATED: Mon., May 27, 2019

‘The Ugliness’: Ex-Scouts recount stories of abuse

Sharing their stories doesn’t come easily for these middle-aged men. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts …


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019

Report says Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware

A now-dead Ohio State team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students from the 1970s through the 1990s, and numerous university officials got wind of what was going on …


Pope requires sex abuse to be reported to church, not police

Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church …


Sundance Film Festival co-founder pleads guilty to sex abuse

A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse of a child.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019

Gonzaga University forming panel to address clergy sex abuse

Four months after Gonzaga University was criticized for allowing sexually abusive priests to live on campus, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh announced Monday he is assembling a commission to address the …


Elementary school teacher in Hayden arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a minor

Police arrested a 5th grade teacher in Hayden, Idaho, on Friday on suspicion of sexual abuse of a minor.


Australian cardinal sentenced to prison for child sex abuse

The most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced in an Australian court Wednesday to 6 years in prison for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne …


Ex-priest defrocked for sex abuse killed in his Nevada home

A defrocked Roman Catholic priest named as one of more than 180 New Jersey priests facing credible accusations of sexual abuse was fatally shot in a new home in a …


Former school trainer in sex abuse case set to plead guilty

A former athletic trainer charged with abusing numerous Montana students over decades under the guise of improving their athletic performance is due to plead guilty to a federal coercion charge.


Livid R. Kelly cries, calls sex abuse accusers liars

R&B star R. Kelly cried, angrily stood up and ranted about being “assassinated” during his first interview since being charged with sexual abuse, calling his accusers liars and saying people …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

White House looking into Labor Secretary Acosta’s role in sex abuse plea deal

The White House says it’s “looking into” Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s handling of a secret plea deal with a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups

Catholic religious orders from around the world apologized Tuesday for having failed to respond when their priests raped children, acknowledging that their family-like communities blinded them to sexual abuse and …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019

Vatican defrocks former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.


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

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

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.