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Priest Abuse

How Many Billion Dollars Did Sex Abuse Cost The U.S. Catholic Church?

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released their eleventh annual report on the progress of implementing the Charter for the Protection ...

Top Vatican Official Makes Bombshell Statement About Sex Abuse Scandals

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's new No. 3 accused Holy See officials Monday of downplaying the clerical sex abuse scandal in the 1990s, saying the...

Pope Francis Slammed For Innaction And Comments On Sex Abuse

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is coming under increasing criticism that he simply doesn't get it on sex abuse. Three months after the Vatican an...

Pope Defends Church's Actions In Fight Against Pedophile Priests

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church,...

The Pressure is On Pope Francis To Stamp Out Sex Abuse

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.06.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights p...

Vatican Strikes Back At UN After Scathing Report

Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

After the UN published a damning report on the Vatican's record on priest abuse, human rights, as well as its stance on homosexuality, contraception, ...

Pope Benedict Defrocked Nearly 400 Priests For Sex Abuse In Just 2 Years

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years f...

Pope Francis Denounces Sexual Abuse, 'The Shame Of The Church'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

The Catholic Church was slammed at the U.N. on Thursday about how they have historically handled cases of sex abuse by priests, as a committee investi...

Why Priest Says He's 'Embarrassed To Be Catholic'

Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion

There have been 18 lawsuits filed against members of the Minnesota Catholic clergy since May, when state law was changed to give abuse victims a three...

Catholic Priest Caught With Pantless 15-Year-Old, Police Say

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 09.22.2013 | Crime

A Catholic priest in Pennsylvania was charged with molesting a 15-year-old boy after cops say he was caught in the act. Father W. Jeffrey Paulish w...

Priest Sentenced After Sexually Abusing 12-Year-Old Boy

AP | Posted 04.02.2013 | Crime

SALEM, Ore. -- A Catholic priest pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy he invited for a sleepover when he was pastor of a church...

Evangelicals Use First Amendment As Sex Abuse Case Defense

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 04.22.2013 | Crime

WASHINGTON -- A small evangelical Christian denomination called Sovereign Grace Ministries was already grappling with fractured leadership, outside sc...

Priest Admitted Sexual Relations With Girl In Snow White Costume

Posted 02.04.2013 | Los Angeles

A retired Los Angeles priest who admitted to having sexual relations with a girl in his parish went on to be hired by the Los Angeles Unified School D...

Priest, Teacher Convicted In Church Abuse Case

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 04.01.2013 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A jury on Wednesday convicted a priest and teacher in a pivotal church-abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia archdiocese and se...

High-Profile Priest Rape Trial Begins In Philly

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 03.16.2013 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — Priests have been marked with a "bull's eye" by manipulative accusers who plan to sue the church, a defense lawyer said as Philad...

Former East Bay Priest Faces More Sex Abuse Allegations

Lodi News-Sentinel, Calif. | Ross Farrow | Posted 01.08.2013 | San Francisco

Former Lockeford priest Michael Kelly and the Stockton Diocese have been sued for the third time on allegations that Kelly sexually abused former alta...

Convicted Priest Must Stay In Prison During Appeal

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 10.06.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic church official will remain in prison while he fights his landmark conviction for failing to protect a boy from ...

Priest Puncher Acquitted After Molestation Testimony

AP | TERRY COLLINS | Posted 07.06.2012 | Crime

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A jury acquitted a man Thursday of assaulting a priest he says molested him more than three decades ago during a camping trip and ...

House Arrest For Convicted Priest?

AP | JOANN LOVIGLIO | Posted 09.04.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic official convicted of child endangerment will remain behind bars until his sentencing later this month, a judge ...

Man Allegedly Beat Priest He Claims Raped Him Over 35 Years Ago

AP | PAUL ELIAS and GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 08.20.2012 | Crime

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The priest at the heart of an assault trial testified Wednesday that he never molested the man accused of assaulting him. La...

'A Glimpse Into The Mind Of The Molester'

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 06.01.2012 | Crime

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The priest always started his favorite "game" by having the young boy remove his underwear and put on loose-fitting shorts so he c...

Ex-Priest Planned Contract Killing Of Teen Abuse Accuser

AP | Posted 07.18.2012 | Crime

DALLAS — A Texas jury has sentenced a former Roman Catholic priest to 60 years in prison for plotting the death of a man who accused him of sexu...

Former Priest Pleads Guilty To Sex Abuse Charges

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 05.22.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing an altar boy in a church sacristy, days before he was...

Dutch Roman Catholic Church Castrated Boys 'To Get Rid Of Homosexuality'

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.22.2012 | Religion

Shocking reports have surfaced that reveal at least ten teenage boys were castrated in the 1950s by the Dutch Roman Catholic Church as a "treatment" f...

Cardinal Again Deemed Competent To Testify At Sex Abuse Trial

AP | By MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 01.30.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA -- A retired Roman Catholic cardinal with dementia is competent and his recent deposition testimony can be used at an upcoming priest abu...