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Church Sex Abuse

Megachurch Pastors Leave Evangelical Network Amid Sex Abuse Controversy

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Two pastors have left a Reformed evangelical group after a pastor from the Maryland megachurch they oversaw confessed to covering up sex abuse c...

Conservative Leader On Leave Following Abuse Allegations

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion

((RNS) Bill Gothard, an Illinois-based advocate for home schooling and conservative dress who warned against rock music and debt, has been placed on a...

Bob Jones University Renews Sex Abuse Investigations

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) After firing an independent watchdog group to investigate allegations of sexual abuse on campus, Bob Jones University has rehired the same group...

Abuse Files Reveal One Priest Had Sex With Over 100 Boys

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of pages of secret church files released Wednesday shed light on the troublesome careers of a dozen religious order pries...

Church Sex Abuse Scandal Heading To The Big Screen

Posted 04.03.2013 | Entertainment

DreamWorks announced plans this week for a big film with a controversial topic. The studio will tackle the Catholic Church's child sexual abuse scanda...

Cardinal Suggests Pedophilia Not A Crime

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion

A South African cardinal who last week participated in the conclave to elect Pope Francis suggested in a recent interview with the BBC that pedophilia...

Why Are Priests Really Celibate? (And Will It Change?)

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Is it possible that the next pope might revisit this and change centuries of Catholic tradition?

Brazilian Priest Accused Of Sexually Abusing Young Girls

AP | STAN LEHMAN | Posted 02.27.2013 | World

SAO PAULO -- A Roman Catholic priest is being investigated for allegations of sexual abuse of three young girls in his parish in southeastern Brazil, ...

Evangelical Church Hid Child Abuse Claims, Forced Victim To Forgive Abuser

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Three female plaintiffs claim an evangelical church group covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children, failed to report accu...

Church Abuse Victim On Trial For Beating His Molester

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 08.19.2012 | San Francisco

LOS ANGELES — More than 35 years after William Lynch says he and his little brother were molested by a priest during a camping trip in the Santa...

Belgian Catholic Church Wants Sex Abusers To Pay Victims

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 03.13.2012 | World

BRUSSELS — Belgium's Catholic Church announced Thursday that priests and clergy who abused children will be required to pay damages, even when v...

Montreal Congregation Agrees To Pay $18 Million To Sexual Abuse Victims

AP | Posted 12.06.2011 | World

MONTREAL -- A Roman Catholic organization has agreed to pay up $18 million in compensation for sexual abuse committed over several decades in Quebec. ...

Clergy Sex Abuse Victims File International Court Case Against Pope

AP | MIKE CORDER and RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 11.13.2011 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Clergy sex abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty p...

Report: Kansas City Diocese Put Children In Jeopardy

Posted 11.02.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph could have put children in jeopardy when it faile...

Catholic Bishops To Take Second Look At Abuse Reforms

Posted 08.11.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) A review of church sex abuse guidelines will top the agenda when the nation's Roman Catholic bishops meet...

Ex-Bishop In Sex Abuse Scandal Goes Into Hiding

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — The former Belgian bishop who resigned in April after admitting he sexually abused a nephew for years said Saturday he would go into ...

Atlanta Bishop Accused Of Sexually Abusing Young Men Says He's Not Going Anywhere

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

LITHONIA, Ga. — A megachurch pastor accused of luring four young men into sexual relationships said Sunday that he won't be pulled into a street...

Eddie Long's Youth Academy Preached Sexual Control

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ATLANTA — Bishop Eddie Long's boys' academy guided teens through their "masculine journey" with lessons on financial discipline and sexual contr...

4th Male Parishioner Levels Sex Abuse Charges Against Atlanta Bishop

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ATLANTA — A fourth young male member of Bishop Eddie Long's megachurch is suing the prominent pastor, claiming Long coerced him into a sexual re...

Eddie Long, Atlanta Bishop, Accused Of Sexual Abuse By Male Parishioners

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ATLANTA — The prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch near Atlanta denies allegations in a lawsuit that he coerced two young men from the...

Australian Priest Jailed For 'Sadistic' Child Abuse

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An Australian Catholic priest was sentenced Friday to almost 20 years in jail for child sex attacks which the judge said were sadistic and went unpuni...

Jeffrey Lena, Lawyer For Pope, Talks About His Role

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Associated Press) — The Vatican has long let cardinals or its official spokesmen do its talking when scandal hits. But as the Vat...

Vatican To Bishops: Follow Law, Report Sex Abuse

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Monday responded to allegations it long concealed clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bi...

Pope Resignations Rare: After Several Centuries, Benedict XVI Unlikely To Break Tradition

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

NEW YORK — Only a few popes have resigned in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Don't expect Pope Benedict XVI to join their ranks. The ...

Bob Schieffer: Catholic Church Has More Than A PR Problem

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

On Easter Sunday, the Catholic Church faces more scandal surrounding sexual abuse of children by church officials. On CBS's "Face the Nation," host ...