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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997

More than two decades before Jeffrey Epstein took his own life, a woman went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against him: that …


David Von Drehle: Why is sexual abuse so often common knowledge before it becomes a lawsuit?

If everyone knew, everyone whispered, everyone warned their kids – yet nothing changed – why would children think there was any value in reporting?


Man previously convicted of incest sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for rape of 4-year-old

A registered sex offender who was convicted of incest as a 14-year-old was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the first-degree rape and molestation of a 4-year-old …


Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse by US priests

A lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota seeks to trace a direct line from clergy sex abuse victims, through Minnesota church officials, to the Vatican, with claims made by three …


Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers’ names

Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of …


Gonzaga students worked with accused priests at Bea House

For years, Gonzaga University students held part-time jobs at Cardinal Bea House, a Jesuit-owned building on the school’s campus that has drawn attention as a retirement home for priests, including …


Kent Roberts: The Catholic Church cannot reform itself

Contrary to what Pope Francis believes, the Catholic Church is incapable of the reform necessary to stop sexual abuse.


Pope vows to end abuse cover-ups but victims disappointed

Pope Francis closed out his summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing to confront abusers with “the wrath of God” felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 23, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

Prosecutors paint dark portrait of manipulative R. Kelly

R. Kelly arrived Saturday in a Chicago courtroom for his first hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, years ago in a …


Southern Baptist leaders condemn decades of sexual abuse revealed in investigation

Revelations published Sunday, of years of sexual abuse perpetrated by hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders, have not only led to condemnation and calls for restructuring but have also pushed …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

Vatican tries to rein in expectations for sexual abuse summit

Pope Francis is preparing to convene an unprecedented summit on sex abuse this month, widely viewed as among the most pivotal moments of his papacy, but the Vatican is cautioning …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Pope acknowledges priests, bishops have sexually abused nuns

Pope Francis has for the first time publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and says he is committed to doing more to fight the problem.


Vatican: No prior accusation of sex abuse against Argentine

The Vatican is insisting there were no accusations of sexual abuse against an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis when he resigned suddenly in 2017 and was promoted to a …


Jesuits in Northeast post list of priests accused of abuse

The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States has released a list of 50 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Vatican hears testimony from alleged McCarrick abuse victim

The Vatican has taken testimony from a man who says ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, evidence that the initial case against the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 9:56 a.m.

Spokane Catholic Diocese says bishop wasn’t told about 7 accused priests at Gonzaga University

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane weighed in Thursday on recent controversy over the housing of sexually abusive priests at Gonzaga University, expressing concern that some accused priests may have been …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

Gonzaga Prep points out error in Jesuit list of accused priests

The president of Gonzaga Prep says a widely circulated list of priests accused of sexual abuse contains at least one inaccuracy about a priest who worked at the Catholic school …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 11:15 a.m.

Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh responds to report on Jesuits sending abusive priests to live on campus

Gonzaga University’s president responded late Monday to an investigative report detailing how Jesuit priests accused of sexually abusing children were sent to live in a retirement home on the school’s …


Vatican investigates after nuns report sex abuse by priests

The Vatican has launched an investigation into a small Chilean religious order of nuns after some sisters denounced sexual abuse at the hands of priests and mistreatment by their superiors, …


Seattle reaches settlement with one of ex-Mayor Murray’s accusers

The city of Seattle will pay $75,000 to settle a lawsuit by the former foster son of ex-Mayor Ed Murray, who had accused Murray of misusing his official position to …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 6:26 p.m.

Spokane’s Bishop Daly doubles down on criticism of Vatican after order to hold off on internal reforms

Spokane’s bishop doubled down on his criticism of the Vatican Thursday, saying its decision to bar U.S. dioceses from taking action on the ongoing sexual abuse crisis within the church …


Current, former Spokane bishops respond to Vatican’s order on sexual abuse crisis

An order from the Vatican on Monday widened a rift in the Roman Catholic Church over how to handle the ongoing sexual abuse crisis in the United States. That rift …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

Poll: U.S. Catholics fault pope’s handling of sex abuse crisis

As sex abuse scandals continue to buffet the Roman Catholic Church, Catholics in the U.S. are steadily losing confidence in Pope Francis’ handling of the crisis, according to a new …


Idaho man sentenced to 30 to life in prison for sexual abuse

An Idaho man has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for sexually abusing girls and providing them with drugs, the Canyon County prosecutor’s office said.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church

Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, …


Catholic faithful demand change after sex abuse scandals

The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church …


Pope Francis tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it

Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse …


Diocese holds forgiveness Mass in wake of grand jury report

A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy is holding a Mass of forgiveness, as the Vatican expresses “shame and sorrow” …


Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed …


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick after sex abuse claims

In a move described as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal’s title and rank following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an …