Religious scandals

Protesters build a human chain in front of the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. About 800 people have protested for more gender equality in the Catholic Church in Germany. (Roberto Pfeil/dpa via AP)
September 22, 2019 - 11:07 am
BERLIN (AP) — About 800 people have protested gender inequality in the Catholic Church by forming a human chain around Germany's Cologne Cathedral. German news agency dpa reported that many of the protesters were women from an activist group called Maria 2.0. The group is pushing for the Catholic...
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Jeff Anderson, an attorney for victims of sexual abuse by clergy, is joined by abuse victim Joe Iacono as he speaks during a press conference in Chicago, Sept. 17, 2019. Anderson says the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million in settlements to clients represented by his law firm alone since 2000. Anderson told reporters in Chicago Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 it's the first time he's publicly revealed a total sum of payments to 160 survivors by nearly 50 abusers over 20 years. The Minnesota-based lawyer says the payments averaged $500,000 per victim, with some payouts running into the millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
September 17, 2019 - 6:06 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has paid $80 million to 160 victims of sexual abuse by clergy represented by a single law firm since 2001, the lawyer who heads the Minnesota-based firm told reporters Tuesday. According to a statement issued later by the archdiocese, it has...
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FILE - This 1989 file photo shows Father Arthur Perrault in Albuquerque, N.M. The former Roman Catholic priest found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse in New Mexico is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Santa Fe. Federal prosecutors are requesting a sentence of more than 30 years in prison for Perrault, once a pastor at an Albuquerque parish and a chaplain at Kirtland Air Force Base. The 81-year-old maintained his innocence throughout his trial in April. (The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
September 13, 2019 - 6:05 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago was sentenced Friday in New Mexico to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and military base. In ordering the sentence, U.S. District Judge...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2013, file photo, Missouri Sen. Eric Schmitt, leads a meeting at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Now, Missouri's Attorney General, Schmitt on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, released a report following a 13-month investigation of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. The report referred 12 priests for potential criminal prosecution. (Kile Brewer/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)
September 13, 2019 - 1:52 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday referred 12 former priests for potential criminal prosecution but stopped short of recommending charges against any top church leaders, despite concluding the Roman Catholic Church was involved in "long, sustained and far-reaching...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, a photo of Rev. Robert Brennan, right, is displayed during a news conference in Philadelphia, where attorneys for the family of Sean McIlmail, an alleged priest-abuse victim, announced a wrongful death lawsuit against Roman Catholic church officials. McIlmail claimed Brennan abused him for years, beginning at age 11. Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged Brennan, a former Roman Catholic priest with lying to the FBI about whether he knew the accuser and his family. Authorities say Brennan was arrested in Maryland and is expected to be arraigned Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 05, 2019 - 12:31 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed their first charges Thursday in a sweeping investigation of child sexual abuse by clerics in Pennsylvania, accusing a former Roman Catholic priest of lying to the FBI about whether he knew an accuser and his family. Robert Brennan, 81, was arrested in...
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Pope Francis is greeted by a flight attendant as he boards his flight to Maputo, Mozambique, in Rome's Fiumicino International airport, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Pope Francis heads this week to the southern African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius, visiting some of the world's poorest countries in a region hard hit by some of his biggest concerns: conflict, corruption, and climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 04, 2019 - 12:01 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged his growing opposition within the conservative right-wing of the U.S. Catholic Church and said in off-hand remarks aboard the papal plane Wednesday it is "an honor if the Americans attack me." Francis commented on critics of his papacy when he...
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Joshua K. Love sits in the living room of his home in Greenwood, Miss., Saturday, June 8, 2019. Love says he was sexually abused by two Franciscan friars at a local Catholic grade school. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
August 29, 2019 - 9:12 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Catholic sex abuse survivors in Mississippi and Wisconsin on Thursday demanded that federal authorities investigate allegations from three black Mississippi men who say they were molested by Franciscan friars during the mid-1990s, when they were as young as 9 years old. Mark...
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Barry Singer, left, David Bressler, center, and Jay Goldberg, right, who say they were sexually abused while they were students at Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (MTA)—also known as Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan, hold a press conference, Thursday Aug. 22, 2019, in New York. They are among 38 former students in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by two rabbis: George Finkelstein, a long-time MTA principal, and Macy Gordon, a long-time MTA Judaic Studies teacher. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
August 22, 2019 - 4:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-eight former students of an Orthodox Jewish school in New York City operated by Yeshiva University sued Thursday over claims they were molested by two prominent rabbis in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. The suit alleged the university failed to protect students at Yeshiva...
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FILE - A 2015 file photo shows West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, then-bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. A lawsuit accusing Bransfield of molesting boys and men has been settled. The terms of the recent settlement are confidential, Wheeling-Charleston Diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said in a statement, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. The diocese declined further comment. (Scott McCloskey/The Intelligencer via AP, File)
August 21, 2019 - 5:48 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit accusing the former bishop of West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese of molesting boys and men has been settled. The terms of the recent settlement are confidential, Wheeling-Charleston Diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said in a statement. The diocese declined further...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, novelist Nicholas Sparks attends a special screening in Los Angeles. The trial is getting underway, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in a lawsuit that accuses Sparks of defaming the former headmaster of a private Christian school he founded in North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 21, 2019 - 4:19 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury sided Wednesday with novelist Nicholas Sparks and the private Christian school he founded in his North Carolina hometown, dismissing claims by the school's former headmaster that he was unjustly fired and then slandered by the author. Jurors spent about three...
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