Religious scandals

August 15, 2018 - 1:05 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A sweeping grand jury report into child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said church officials gave a former priest a positive reference to work at Disney World, even though they'd fielded at least one allegation about him sexually abusing a boy. The ex...
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Judy Deaven who says her son was a victim of sexual abuse by a priest as a boy reacts as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims. The grand jury report released Tuesday says that number comes from records in six Roman Catholic dioceses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 15, 2018 - 7:40 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she'd had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy's mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who...
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FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, left, looks toward the crowd with Pope Francis following a Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Wuerl wrote to priests to defend himself on the eve of the scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, release of a grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
August 14, 2018 - 3:08 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1950s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., systematically covered up the abuse, according to a...
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FILE – In this June 30, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, speaks while outlining the schedule for Pope Francis' September 2015 visit to Washington, during a news conference at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. Wuerl wrote to priests to defend himself on the eve of the scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, release of a grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 14, 2018 - 1:17 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse faults Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh, over his handling of...
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A man leaves the headquarters of the Catholic Church’s Episcopal Conference after authorities raided the building in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Police raided the place as part of a widespread investigation into sex abuse committed by members of the Marist Brothers order in the South American country, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
August 14, 2018 - 10:46 am
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — 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 in the South American country, prosecutors said. The raids by...
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Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle, Australia, after a post-sentence decision, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been ordered by an Australian court to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail. (Darren Pateman/AAP Image via AP)
August 13, 2018 - 7:49 pm
NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been ordered by an Australian court to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail. Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone on Tuesday ordered former Adelaide Archbishop Philip...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2018, file photo, plaintiff McKenna Denson speaks with reporters during a news conference, in Salt Lake City. A judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit claiming Denson was raped after the Mormon church allowed a man to oversee young missionaries in the 1980s despite a history of sexual misconduct. Her attorney, Craig Vernon, says the Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, decision will allow them to investigate for other possible victims. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
August 13, 2018 - 3:00 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman's lawsuit claiming she was raped by a Mormon church leader who was allowed to oversee young missionaries despite a history of sexual misconduct will go forward, a judge decided Monday. The decision will allow McKenna Denson's lawyers to investigate whether there are...
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August 10, 2018 - 4:22 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Allegations of misconduct made by seminarians in Boston will be investigated. The archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, says in a statement on Friday that he's unable to verify or disprove the allegations about St. John's Seminary but called them a "source of serious concern...
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August 09, 2018 - 7:25 am
LONDON (AP) — A British inquiry concluded Thursday that sexual abuse at two leading Roman Catholic schools in Britain was considerably higher than is reflected by conviction figures, with monks hiding allegations to protect the church's reputation. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse...
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August 03, 2018 - 3:28 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A grand jury investigating clergy sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses found that church leaders were more interested in preventing scandal than protecting children, in some cases discouraging victims from going to police or pressuring law enforcement...
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