Roman Catholicism

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 - 9:40 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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Victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members react 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 14, 2018 - 6:09 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, 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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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 - 12:46 pm
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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August 13, 2018 - 11:54 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing defense minister has used the term "sodomites" to describe those who took part in a weekend LGBT pride parade. Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Sunday on TV Trwam, a Catholic, pro-government station, that the march of 5,000 people the day before in...
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This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Billy Ray Irick, currently on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn. Irick was convicted for raping and killing a 7-year-old girl in 1985, and is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
August 09, 2018 - 10:56 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade. Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-...
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Women in support of decriminalizing abortion protest in the rain outside Congress where lawmakers are debating the issue in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The Senate is debating a bill Wednesday that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in the homeland of Pope Francis, setting up a vote that could reverberate around the region. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
August 08, 2018 - 10:40 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Senate debated all day Wednesday over a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in the homeland of Pope Francis, setting up a vote that could reverberate around the region. Argentina's lower house of Congress already passed...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 19, 2018 file photo, Congo's President Joseph Kabila speaks during the state of the nation address to the National Assembly in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo's president is not running again in December's long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in power. A government spokesman on Wednesday, Aug, 8, said former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the ruling party's permanent secretary, is the presidential candidate as Congo faces its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power in the country's history. (AP Photo/John Bompengo, file)
August 08, 2018 - 1:19 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's president is not running again in December's long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in office and positioning one of Africa's most turbulent nations for what could be its first peaceful,...
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August 07, 2018 - 7:11 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Tourism officials in Lithuania's capital are coming under fire from the Catholic Church for a highly sexualized advertising campaign to promote the city as Pope Francis prepares to visit the country next month. The campaign features a woman lying on what looks like a bed...
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August 03, 2018 - 4:18 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A soon-to-be-released grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses says that church leaders in every part of the state "brushed aside" victim complaints to prevent scandals. That finding and others from the grand jury were disclosed in a...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, July 31, 2018, Pope Francis prays during an audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican. The Vatican said Thursday Aug. 2, 2018, that Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying it can never be sanctioned because it "attacks" the inherent dignity of all humans. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, FILE)
August 02, 2018 - 5:34 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is "inadmissible" under all circumstances and the Catholic Church should campaign to abolish it, a change in church teaching that could influence Catholic politicians and judges in the U.S. and across the globe. The change,...
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