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Legal loophole may be closing for bishops who hide sex abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 12:00am

The legal loopholes that have allowed Catholic bishops to escape sanction when they cover up clergy sex abuse cases may be closing.

Utah Latter-day Saint missionary who died touched electrical wire before falling, church statement says

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:00pm

A Latter-day Saint missionary from Utah came in contact with an electrical cable that may have caused him to fall to his death earlier this week, according to a church statement.

Timeline of R. Kelly's life and career

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 2:39pm

R&B singer R. Kelly has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims dating back to 1998, marking the latest charges against a man trailed for decades by lurid rumors. A timeline of his life and career:

Man charged for toppling statue of Polish priest over abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:58am

Polish prosecutors said Friday they have charged the first of three men who pulled down the statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest amid allegations that he sexually abused minors.

US cardinals hope new accountability stops abusers in future

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:10am

Two U.S. cardinals attending the Vatican's sex abuse prevention summit said Friday that the downfall of their former colleague, Theodore McCarrick, was sad for the Catholic church but they hoped a new spirit of accountability would prevent future cover-ups of bishop misconduct.

The Latest: US ambassador: Protect children, stop sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:26am

The Latest on Pope Francis' sex abuse summit at the Vatican (all times local):

A look at Nigeria's top 2 presidential contenders

Sam Olukoya and Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:18am

Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

Church of England says Sunday services no longer mandatory

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 5:42am

The Church of England has acknowledged the reality of shrinking congregations and overworked priests and lifted a 400-year-old rule requiring that all churches hold services every Sunday.

Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 2:59am

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.

French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:26am

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.

Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:15am

Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines were sworn in Friday as administrators of a new Muslim autonomous region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia's longest-raging rebellions.

Abuse victims: Italian law helps bishops dodge investigation

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:42am

U.S. and Italian advocates for victims of pedophile priests are pressing for Italy to overhaul legislation that allows bishops to dodge accountability for predator clergy in the predominantly Roman Catholic country where the church wields considerable political influence.

A global look at the Catholic Church's sex abuse problem

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:44am

Pope Francis' high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response.

The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:26am

The Latest on the Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local):

Kansas judge freezes assets of sect accused of trafficking

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 1:12pm

A federal judge in Kansas has frozen the assets of a sect that faced a $7.9 million judgment last year for human trafficking.

Former priest charged with new crimes in Missouri

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 10:01am

A former Catholic priest is facing new charges a decade after being declared sexually violent and admitting he abused about 30 boys in Illinois, California and Missouri.

Man charged with stealing Christmas toys collected by church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:57am

A man police say stole hundreds of Christmas toys collected by a Connecticut church for underprivileged children, then tried to sell them out of his minivan to passers-by on the street, has been held on $25,000 bail.

Study finds spike in Pennsylvania child abuse-related deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:27pm

A state study released Thursday found the number of Pennsylvania children killed or nearly killed after abuse had occurred spiked recently, increases likely driven by a new definition of abuse and an uptick in its reporting in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy child sexual abuse scandals.

Pence tours church, movie theater helped by Trump tax law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:35am

Vice President Mike Pence says U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's persistence is to thank for a law that gives federal tax breaks to people who invest in economically distressed areas.

Authorities: Administrator, wife stole $1.2M from church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 5:59am

Authorities say a western Pennsylvania church administrator stole $1.2 million that he and his wife used to pay for vacations, sports tickets and other personal expenses.