Sexual abuse by clergy

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, after celebrating a Mass for the Feast of Rome's Patrons Saints Peter and Paul, at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
June 29, 2020 - 1:02 pm
ROME (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis has been informed about an appeal launched by a group of Catholics in Poland urging intervention into cases where bishops have continued to cover up for priests who sexually molest children. The group “EnoughHarm” took out a full-page advertisement on...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday, June 25, 2020 that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old molestation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
June 25, 2020 - 5:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old...
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FILE -- In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, right, the Roman Catholic primate of Poland, addresses the media during a news conference at the episcopate building in Warsaw. Pope Francis has named a temporary administrator to lead a southern Polish diocese where the bishop has been accused of covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured in a second abuse documentary that has rocked Poland's Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
June 25, 2020 - 2:58 pm
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his central diocese and let someone else run it while he is under investigation for covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured in a second clergy abuse documentary that has rocked Poland's Catholic Church. Francis on Thursday...
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FILE - In this 1979 file photo, Pope John Paul II, left, poses with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected Pope on April 19, 2005 and chose Benedict XVI as his papal name. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is honoring St. John Paul II on the centenary of his birth and floating the idea that he should be called “the Great,” as only two other popes have been. (AP Photo/File)
May 18, 2020 - 5:42 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — St. John Paul II was honored on the centennial of his birth with special Masses at the Vatican and in his native Poland on Monday, an anniversary that comes as the Polish church finds itself shaken by new allegations of sexual abuse by clerics. From the small town of Wadowice...
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In this April 10, 2020, photo provided by Sky News Australia, Cardinal George Pell is interviewed in Sydney following his release from prison after Australia's highest court cleared him of child sex crimes. Pell, Pope Francis’s former finance minister said in a television interview broadcast on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, that some church officials believed that he was prosecuted by Australian authorities because of the trouble he had caused in the Vatican with financial reforms. (Sky News Australia via AP)
May 07, 2020 - 4:26 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell knew a notorious pedophile priest had been moved decades ago because he had sexually abused children, and should have removed an unstable priest in another parish who was also a suspected pedophile, a government inquiry concluded. A report...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Gayle Benson, widow of NFL New Orleans Saints and NBA New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson, walks down the steps to receive his casket with New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond for visitation at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Aymond, who knew the couple separately before they married in 2004, has become almost a part of the team, thought by some to bring the beloved Saints help from a higher power. Aymond was there to eulogize Tom Benson as a “New Orleans saint on Earth” and walk side by side with Gayle in the funeral procession. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
May 05, 2020 - 3:30 pm
A bankruptcy filing by New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese freezes sexual abuse lawsuits and could help bury the details of alleged coverups of predator priests and thousands of internal emails documenting a behind-the-scenes alliance with the New Orleans Saints. Attorneys for those suing the...
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In this April 10, 2020, photo provided by Sky News Australia, Cardinal George Pell is interviewed in Sydney following his release from prison after Australia's highest court cleared him of child sex crimes. Pell, Pope Francis’s former finance minister said in a television interview broadcast on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, that some church officials believed that he was prosecuted by Australian authorities because of the trouble he had caused in the Vatican with financial reforms. (Sky News Australia via AP)
April 14, 2020 - 7:45 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell has linked his fight against corruption in the Vatican with his prosecution in Australia for alleged child sex abuse. Pell was regarded as the third highest-ranking Vatican official in 2018 when he became the world’s most senior Catholic to be...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, a New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the playing field before an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. An Associated Press review of public tax documents found that the Bensons' foundation has given at least $62 million to the Archdiocese of New Orleans and other Catholic causes over the past dozen years, including gifts to schools, universities, charities and individual parishes. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
April 09, 2020 - 8:40 pm
Hundreds of emails detailing the New Orleans Saints’ efforts to conduct damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese amid its clergy sexual abuse crisis should remain shielded from the public, a court official recommended Thursday. The recommendation by a court special master came...
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FILE - In this Monday, July 15, 2019 file photo, Naason Joaquin Garcia, the leader of a Mexico-based evangelical church with a worldwide membership, attends a bail review hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 a California appeals court has dismissed the criminal case against the Mexican megachurch leader on charges of child rape and human trafficking. The case was dismissed on procedural grounds. García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody since June. He is currently being held without bail in Los Angeles. The attorney general's office said it was reviewing the court's ruling. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
April 07, 2020 - 11:28 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court ordered the dismissal of a criminal case Tuesday against a Mexican megachurch leader on charges of child rape and human trafficking on procedural grounds. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody since...
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Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)
April 07, 2020 - 7:41 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes Tuesday and said his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis. Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, had been the most...
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