Belgian bishop declines cardinal’s honor for abuse record

ROME — One of the new cardinals proposed by Pope Francis, the retired bishop of Ghent, Belgium, has given up accepting the honor for his insufficient response to cases of clergy sex abuse, the Belgian bishops’ conference has said. . The Bishop of Ghent, Luc Van Looy, had asked Francis for permission to refuse the … Read more

Mexican mega-church leader gets over 16 years for abuse

ANGELS — The leader of the La Luz del Mundo church was sentenced to 16 years and eight months in a California prison for sexually abusing three girls. Naasón Joaquín García was sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to three crimes on the eve of a long-awaited trial. García, who … Read more

Report: Israel Arrested No Jews for Violent, Racist March

JERUSALEM — Israeli police arrested dozens of Palestinians but no Jews during a nationalist march through Jerusalem this week in which crowds of Jews chanted racist slogans, assaulted Palestinians and vandalized Palestinian property, it was reported Thursday. an Israeli newspaper. Israeli police said after Sunday’s march that more than 60 people had been arrested, but … Read more

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, powerful Vatican prelate, dies at 94

ROME — Cardinal Angelo Sodano, a once-powerful Italian prelate who was long the Vatican’s second-ranking official but whose legacy was tarnished by his support for the pedophile founder of an influential religious order, has died. He was 94 years old. The Vatican, in its Saturday announcement of his death, said Sodano died Friday. Italian public … Read more

Report: Leading Southern Baptist sex abuse victims deadlocked

According to a scathing 288-page investigative report released Sunday, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, have blocked and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse for nearly two decades while seeking to protect their own reputation. These survivors, and other concerned Southern Baptists, have repeatedly shared allegations with the SBC Executive Committee, … Read more

Pope warns of loss of trust without more accountability for abuse

Pope Francis calls on Catholic bishops’ conferences to create special centers to welcome victims of clergy sexual abuse to help them find healing and justice By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press April 29, 2022, 11:34 a.m. • 3 minute read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Friday called on … Read more

Pope appoints key posts, including nun in development office

Pope Francis has made key appointments to his newly reformed Vatican bureaucracy By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press April 23, 2022, 5:15 p.m. • 3 minute read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article ROME — Pope Francis made key appointments to his newly reformed Vatican bureaucracy on Saturday, appointing new deputies to the office of … Read more

Portugal probe: 290 church sex abuse claims in 90 days work

A lay committee looking into historic child sex abuse in the Portuguese Catholic Church says it has it received witness statements from 290 alleged victims in its first three months of work By BARRY HATTON Associated Press April 12, 2022, 11:16 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LISBON, Portugal … Read more

EXPLAINER: What’s ahead for politically volatile Pakistan?

ISLAMABAD — Months of economic discontent in Pakistan were capped by days of tense drama. When the week ended, one of the country’s most charismatic prime ministers was ousted, and his replacement was a member of a prominent political dynasty. And the turmoil may not be over yet, with implications for the whole region. Veteran … Read more

German church urges quick decision on divisive archbishop

The head of the German Bishops’ Conference is urging Pope Francis to quickly decide on the future of a prominent archbishop who faces strong criticism for his handling of the church’s sexual abuse scandal ByThe Associated Press March 7, 2022, 4:11 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BERLIN — … Read more