Sexual abuse

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis is caught in pensive mood during his weekly general audience at the Vatican. Francis' papacy has been thrown into crisis by accusations that he covered-up sexual misconduct by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
September 10, 2018 - 11:17 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' top advisers say the Vatican is preparing the "necessary clarifications" about accusations that the pope covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American cardinal. Francis' nine cardinal advisers expressed their "full solidarity" Monday with the pope...
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In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 photo, Chris Damian poses in Minneapolis. Damian believes having more nuanced conversations about hard topics like sex abuse by priests and allegations of cover-ups by church leaders can bring about change. Damian, 27, has organized a group of Catholic young adults to respond to the church crisis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 08, 2018 - 3:22 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church and waited for the priest to say something about the situation. He didn't. And that left...
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Faithful and pilgrims gather in St.Peter's Square, as Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 08, 2018 - 7:42 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told newly ordained bishops they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion — not as lone operators — to fight the clerical culture that fueled a sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy. Francis cited his recent letter about combatting abuse...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. A 2006 letter from Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of cover-up at the highest echelons of the Catholic Church (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
September 08, 2018 - 12:46 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic...
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People pass the Archdiocese of New York, in New York, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state Thursday as part of a broadening civil investigation into the handling of sex abuse allegations by church leaders. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 06, 2018 - 10:57 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York and New Jersey launched new investigations into the Roman Catholic Church's handling of clergy sex abuse allegations Thursday as the number of similar inquiries around the country continues to grow. In New York, the state's attorney general issued subpoenas to all eight...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018 file photo, Larry Nassar appears for his sentencing at Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich. The Justice Department's inspector general is investigating how the FBI handled sexual abuse allegations against the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday, Sept. 5 The investigation comes amid allegations that the FBI had failed to promptly address complaints made in 2015 against Nasser, a once-renowned gymnastics doctor. Nassar is now serving decades in prison after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment when he worked for Michigan State and Indiana-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. (Cory Morse /The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)
September 05, 2018 - 3:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's inspector general is investigating how the FBI handled sexual abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The investigation comes amid allegations that the FBI failed...
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Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 02, 2018 - 4:57 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is starting to push back against Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, author of the bombshell accusation of sex abuse cover-up against Pope Francis, with a statement Sunday from its former spokesman about a controversial 2015 meeting Vigano organized. The Rev. Federico...
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The Aug. 28, 2018 photo shows the Catholic Chancery in Lincoln, Neb. The Diocese of Lincoln, housed in this building, that refused for years to participate in annual sex abuse audits is facing a potential criminal investigation and criticism that it mishandled priests who were accused of sexual assault and morally questionable behavior. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
September 02, 2018 - 11:10 am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A conservative Catholic diocese in Nebraska is facing a wave of sex-abuse allegations even though church leaders insisted for years they were doing nothing wrong and refused to participate in annual audits that were enacted in the wake of the 2002 Boston clergy abuse scandal...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Larry Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and member of Michigan State's sports medicine staff, sits in court during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich. Michigan State University said Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, that the NCAA has cleared it of any rules violations in the Nassar sexual-assault scandal. Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting girls and women while working as a campus sports doctor for Michigan State athletes and gymnasts in the region. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
August 31, 2018 - 10:08 pm
DENVER (AP) — Not a month into her new job as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland has seen enough from USA Gymnastics. She's calling for yet another shake-up in the federation's leadership as it tries to remake itself in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. Hirshland sent...
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This May 25, 2018, file photo provided by Evelin Roxana Meyer shows her son, Eduardo Almendarez Meyer, right, alongside his father and her husband, Douglas Almendarez, in La Union, Honduras, a day before they left for the United States. Evelin was told in August that her son won't be leaving the U.S. until Nov. 27. Eduardo has been held at a government-contracted shelter in Brownsville, Texas, since he was separated from his father in early June. (Evelin Roxana Meyer via AP, File)
August 31, 2018 - 6:52 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration is under increasing pressure to speed up the reunification of immigrant families it separated at the Mexican border, following allegations three youngsters were sexually abused while in U.S. custody. The government of El Salvador said the three, ages 12 to...
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