Religious scandals

Pope Francis gestures during a visit to the "Scholas Occurentes" Foundation in Rome, Italy, May 11, 2018. (Max Rossi/Pool Photo via AP)
May 12, 2018 - 11:39 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican made it clear Saturday that Pope Francis had summoned Chile's bishops to Rome for a papal dressing-down because of their role in covering up sexual abuse by priests and their "grave omissions" in caring for victims. In a harsh statement that set the tone for next...
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Pope Francis gestures during a visit to the "Scholas Occurentes" Foundation in Rome, Italy, May 11, 2018. (Max Rossi/Pool Photo via AP)
May 12, 2018 - 9:26 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican made it clear Saturday that Pope Francis had summoned Chile's bishops to Rome for a papal dressing-down because of their role in covering up sexual abuse by priests and their "grave omissions" in caring for victims. In a harsh statement that set the tone for next...
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Pope Francis gestures during a visit to the "Scholas Occurentes" Foundation in Rome, Italy, May 11, 2018. (Max Rossi/Pool Photo via AP)
May 12, 2018 - 7:48 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican made it clear Saturday that Pope Francis had summoned Chile's bishops to Rome for a papal dressing-down because of their role in covering up sexual abuse by priests and their "grave omissions" in caring for victims. In an exceedingly harsh statement that set the tone...
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May 08, 2018 - 5:21 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the sexual assault trial of a former New Jersey church pastor who is already serving prison terms for assault and bail jumping. NJ.com reports that Hudson County jurors reported a deadlock Friday and were asked to keep deliberating, but told...
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May 08, 2018 - 12:05 pm
A Roman Catholic priest was arrested and charged Tuesday with sexually abusing at least two boys during his four decades in the Erie, Pennsylvania, diocese, and making one of them say confession after the alleged assaults. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of the 64-year-old...
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Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges, leaves court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, arrived Wednesday for an appearance in the Melbourne court where he will eventually stand trial on sexual abuse charges spanning decades. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
May 02, 2018 - 7:06 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, will face two trials on sex crime allegations spanning decades, a court heard on Wednesday. Pell appeared for an administrative first hearing in the...
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Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges, arrives at court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, arrived Wednesday for an appearance in the Melbourne court where he will eventually stand trial on sexual abuse charges spanning decades. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
May 01, 2018 - 9:39 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, will face two trials within months on sex crime allegations spanning decades, a court heard on Wednesday. Pell appeared for an administrative first...
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Australian Cardinal George Pell leaves the Melbourne Magistrate Court in Melbourne Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Australian Cardinal Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, must stand trial on charges that he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago, a magistrate ruled Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
May 01, 2018 - 7:01 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, on Tuesday officially denied charges of sexual abuse spanning decades after his lawyers failed to sway a court to dismiss them. Australia's highest-...
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Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Magistrates Court in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, arrived surrounded by police and media to learn whether he must stand trial on charges that he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago. (Joe Castro/AAP Image via AP)
May 01, 2018 - 6:02 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, on Tuesday officially denied charges of sexual abuse spanning decades after his lawyers failed to sway a court to dismiss them. Australia's highest-...
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Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Magistrates Court in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, arrived surrounded by police and media to learn whether he must stand trial on charges that he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago. (Joe Castro/AAP Image via AP)
May 01, 2018 - 5:59 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, on Tuesday officially denied charges of sexual abuse spanning decades after his lawyers failed to sway a court to dismiss them. Australia's highest-...
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