Religious scandals

The Latest: Convicted Australian cardinal taken to prison

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 6:40 p.m. The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse has been sent to prison and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. … Continue reading The Latest: Convicted Australian cardinal taken to prison

Australian Cardinal Pell to spend his first night in prison

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse was sent to prison on Wednesday and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. Victorian state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd revoked Cardinal George Pell’s bail at … Continue reading Australian Cardinal Pell to spend his first night in prison

The Latest: Pell’s bail revoked, sentencing set for March 13

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 2 p.m. A judge has revoked Cardinal George Pell‘s bail and said he would announce the disgraced cleric’s sentence on March 13. The bail revocation means the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse will … Continue reading The Latest: Pell’s bail revoked, sentencing set for March 13

Differences between Cardinal Pell’s prosecution and defense

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The lawyers representing Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse, and those prosecuting the case painted very different pictures of the events that led to his conviction. Pell was found guilty in December of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the sacristy of a … Continue reading Differences between Cardinal Pell’s prosecution and defense

The Latest: Victim of Cardinal Pell sex abuse speaks out

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the sex abuse case against Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 1:40 p.m. An Australian man who was sexually abused decades ago by Cardinal George Pell says he has experienced “shame, loneliness, depression and struggle.” The man issued a statement after it was publicly revealed that Pell had … Continue reading The Latest: Victim of Cardinal Pell sex abuse speaks out

Most senior Catholic charged with child sex abuse convicted

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy’s credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis‘ top financial adviser and the … Continue reading Most senior Catholic charged with child sex abuse convicted

Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis‘ summit on preventing sexual abuse was never going to meet the expectations placed on it by victims groups, the media and ordinary Catholics outraged over a scandal that has harmed so many and compromised the church’s moral authority so much. Indeed, no sweeping new law was announced to punish … Continue reading Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Vatican City to get a child protection policy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis‘ summit at the Vatican on preventing clergy sex abuse (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The Vatican has announced it will soon issue a child protection policy and guidelines for preventing sexual abuse of minors for Vatican City State. The Associated Press reported last year that Vatican … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Vatican City to get a child protection policy

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Argentine bishop’s behavior may reflect on Pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis‘ summit at the Vatican on preventing clergy sex abuse (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The Vatican has announced it will soon issue a child protection policy and guidelines for preventing sexual abuse of minors for Vatican City State. The Associated Press reported last year that Vatican … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Argentine bishop’s behavior may reflect on Pope

VATICAN CITY | Pope vows to end cover-ups, fight sex abuse with God’s wrath

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.” Francis delivered his remarks at the end of Mass before 190 … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope vows to end cover-ups, fight sex abuse with God’s wrath

VATICAN CITY | Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals attending Pope Francis‘ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests. On the second day of Francis’ extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders, the debate … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

PARIS | French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

PARIS (AP) — Still struggling to come to terms with their share of responsibility in the clerical sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church, France’s bishops have agreed to award financial compensation to victims whose cases fall outside of France’s statute of limitations. “We have agreed in principle to make a financial gesture,” Vincent Neymon, … Continue reading PARIS | French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican’s conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A Colombian cardinal has warned fellow Roman Catholic bishops at a Vatican summit they could be imprisoned for covering up crimes if they don’t properly deal with clergy sex abuse cases. In a … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

VATICAN CITY | Pope demands bishops act now on abuse; victims speak of pain

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by warning senior Catholic figures that the faithful are demanding concrete action against predator priests and not just words of condemnation. Victims then told the bishops of the searing emotional pain of their abuse. Francis opened the four-day summit by telling … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope demands bishops act now on abuse; victims speak of pain