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: 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

Cardinal: Pope OK would spend 1 million euros to free a kidnapped nun

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has authorized spending up to 1 million euros to free a Colombian nun kidnapped by al-Qaeda-linked militants in Mali, a cardinal testified Thursday, revealing the previously secret papal approval of hire a British security company to find the nun and secure her freedom. Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s explosive testimony could have … 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

Missouri regulates boarding schools after abuse allegations

Maggie Drew’s dad sent her to Circle of Hope Girls’ Ranch in Missouri in 2007, hoping strict Christian teachings would stop his 14-year-old daughter’s teenage rebellion. Instead, Drew said, she found herself in a nightmare, sexually abused by one of the boarding school’s founders and left with permanent spinal injuries after a fall from a … Read more

Argentina bishop defended by pope sentenced in abuse case

An Argentine court has sentenced a Roman Catholic bishop to 4 1/2 years in prison for sexual abuse of two former seminarians in a major blow to Pope Francis, who had defended Gustavo Zanchetta following initial allegations By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA Associated Press March 4, 2022, 5:18 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to … Read more