Religious scandals

July 20, 2018 - 6:58 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a Honduran bishop accused of sexual misconduct with seminarians, the latest in a series of high-ranking clergy implicated in sexual improprieties with adults under their authority. Francis had ordered an investigation into the...
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Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull comments at the government offices in Sydney, Thursday, July 19, 2018. Turnbull called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
July 19, 2018 - 2:20 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said two weeks ago that Adelaide Archbishop...
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Pakistani transgender, Nadeem Kashish, left, talks to a resident during her door-to-door election campaign, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, July 16, 2018. The Pakistani election commission has for the first time allowed the transgender community to take part in the upcoming election scheduled on July 25, 2018. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
July 16, 2018 - 2:35 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's independent Human Rights Commission warned Monday of "blatant, aggressive and unabashed" attempts to manipulate the results of elections set for later this month, with prominent activist I.A. Rehman calling it "the dirtiest election" in the country's troubled...
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July 07, 2018 - 10:58 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One after another, witnesses beat back fear of revealing details many had kept largely private and recounted to grand jurors their story of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests whom they had trusted. As they spoke, many said they felt compassion from the grand jurors in the...
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July 06, 2018 - 5:52 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Friday decided against immediately releasing an investigative grand jury's report into allegations of decades of child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, instead saying it would hear arguments from priests and others that making it...
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July 05, 2018 - 4:32 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a legal dispute over making public a report into child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Nearly two dozen current and former Roman Catholic clergy members say a grand jury report into child sexual abuse and...
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July 05, 2018 - 1:56 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's attorney general is supporting a request by news organizations that the state Supreme Court allow publication of an extensive report into child sexual abuse and attempts to cover it up in several Roman Catholic dioceses. Attorney General Josh Shapiro also wrote...
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Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson arrives for sentencing at Newcastle Local Court in Newcastle, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Wilson, the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse, was sentenced to 12 months in detention. (Darren Pateman/AAP Image via AP)
July 02, 2018 - 11:30 pm
CANERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday in a landmark case welcomed by some abuse survivors as a strong warning to institutions that fail to protect children...
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July 02, 2018 - 6:33 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lengthy report into allegations of sexual abuse and related cover-ups within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic churches remained on hold Monday, as the state's highest court gave those who wanted to keep the grand jury report under wraps three days to weigh in. The state...
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June 29, 2018 - 8:02 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Melbourne's archbishop, who said he'd prefer jail to telling civil authorities about any sex abuse of children that might be revealed to him in the confessional. The Vatican said Friday that the pontiff has appointed Monsignor Peter...
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