The United Nations' human rights chief is condemning the Bosnian Serb legislature's decision to revoke support for a report acknowledging the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. He says it will disrupt any attempts at reconciliation.
Marc Levy, Associated Press | PostedAug 16th - 4:27pm
Reeling from a landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse, the leadership of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church is under pressure to support a change in state law to give those victims — now adults — a temporary opportunity to file lawsuits on decades-old abuse claims. So far, it has been avoiding the topic.
David Crary, Associated Press | PostedAug 16th - 3:18pm
Responding to what it calls a "moral catastrophe," the leading body of U.S. Catholic leaders said Thursday it would ask the Vatican to investigate the scandal involving a former cardinal who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with children and adult seminarians.
The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and saying Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic horror."
Min Kyi Thein and Victoria Milko, Associated Press | PostedAug 16th - 7:57am
Members of a commission established by Myanmar's government to investigate human rights violations in western Rakhine state, where 700,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority fled brutal army operations, addressed critics Thursday with a pledge to be impartial.
A 74-year-old man with terminal cancer said on Thursday he could die happy after reaching a 1 million Australian dollar ($727,000) landmark settlement against a Catholic religious order for sexual abuse he suffered in Australia more than 50 years ago.
Mark Scolforo, Associated Press | PostedAug 15th - 10:44pm
A landmark grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania detailed how priests often used religious rituals, symbols of the faith and the threat of eternity in hell to groom, molest and rape children.
In the aftermath of a report detailing years of sexual abuse of children at the hands of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City asks for prayers for victims, survivors and perpetrators.
A grand jury report documenting seven decades of child sexual abuse by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania found that most of the bishops who served in the state during that period mishandled at least some of the allegations.
David Warren, Associated Press | PostedAug 15th - 12:47pm
The Most Rev. Charles Grahmann, whose 17-year tenure as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas was marred by one of the first church sex abuse scandals to explode into public view, died Tuesday. He was 87.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedAug 16th - 11:56am
The U.N. official focusing on preventing genocide on Thursday sharply criticized the Bosnian Serb legislature's decision to revoke support for a government report acknowledging the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.
Marc Levy, Associated Press | PostedAug 15th - 10:10am
A sweeping grand jury report into child sexual abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said church officials gave a former priest a positive reference to work at Disney World, even though they'd fielded at least one allegation about him sexually abusing a boy.