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Bishop shakeup: West Virginia Catholic diocese issues audit

By JOHN RABY | February 23, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The net assets of West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese dropped by $4.8 million during a fiscal year that coincided with the resignation of its bishop amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, an audit shows.The...

Third-seeded Garin beats Coric to reach Rio Open final

By MAURICIO SAVARESE | February 23, 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Third-seeded Christian Garin of Chile reached the final of the Rio Open after beating Croatia's Borna Coric 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday.Their match was interrupted shortly after midnight due to heavy rains, when Garin had already won the...

NFL Saints backed by church in effort to keep emails secret

By JIM MUSTIAN | February 20, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for New Orleans' Roman Catholic archdiocese Thursday strongly defended the New Orleans Saints' behind-the-scenes help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis, saying the legal effort to release hundreds of confidential...

Abuse survivors seek more progress 1 year after papal summit

By NICOLE WINFIELD | February 20, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain.On...

Another Catholic diocese seeks bankruptcy after abuse deals

By MARK SCOLFORO | February 19, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics.The diocese joins at least...

Abuse victims look to Vatican after UN meetings in Geneva

By JAMEY KEATEN | February 19, 2020

GENEVA (AP) — Three deaf victims of sexual abuse by priests in Argentina wrapped up a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva on Wednesday, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican — and Pope Francis himself — to come...

Priests of disgraced Legion face trial for obstruction claim

By NICOLE WINFIELD and MARIA VERZA | February 17, 2020

MILAN (AP) — The Vatican effort to reform the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order is coming under new scrutiny, with four Legion priests and a Legion lawyer due to stand trial on charges they tried to obstruct justice and extort the family of...

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

By NICOLE WINFIELD and MARÍA VERZA | February 17, 2020

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide.Her son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. And now she was calling Cardinal Valasio De Paolis...

Televangelist, ex-pastor settle lawsuit alleging sex abuse

February 17, 2020

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A confidential settlement was reached in a former Ohio megachurch pastor's lawsuit alleging televangelist Ernest Angley sexually abused and harassed him over a decade, starting in 2004.The allegations by Brock Miller, of Myrtle Beach,...

All too aware of clergy abuse, seminarians keep the faith

By MATT SEDENSKY | February 16, 2020

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — The seminarians walk along a hallway lined with photos of classes of priests who came before them. Some are pious alumni who have become their teachers and mentors; others climbed the Catholic hierarchy to be revered as bishops...

Judge orders open hearing on NFL team’s emails with church

By KEVIN McGILL | February 13, 2020

News outlets and the public will be able to attend a hearing next week in New Orleans on the confidentiality of emails between Roman Catholic officials and the city's NFL franchise concerning clergy sex-abuse scandals.A state judge in New Orleans ruled...

Arizona church sued over decades-old abuse allegations

By JACQUES BILLEAUD | February 12, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — Two children were sexually abused by Catholic priests about 40 years ago in an Arizona parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix covered up the problem, according to newly filed lawsuits.Both lawsuits were brought Monday under...