Democrat Robert Jacob arrested on 11 felony counts related to child sex crimes

U.S. 04/16/21, 16:16

Robert Emmanuel Jacob, former mayor of Sebastopol, California, was arrested on Saturday, April 10, over 11 criminal counts of sexual assault against a minor aged 14 or 15. Jacob, 44, is a progressive socialist Democrat who supports Black Lives Matter rioters and advocates police defunding. Transportation of a juvenile for lewd and ...

California AG details charges against church leader

California 06/07/19, 08:09

California's top prosecutor said on Thursday, June 7, that he believes there are more victims of child sex abuse than those listed in the charges against the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo and several followers. La Luz del Mundo leader Naasón Joaquín García and two co-defendants were arrested ...

US Catholic Church reports big rise in sex-abuse allegations

U.S. 05/31/19, 20:36

Quantifying its vast sex-abuse crisis, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church said Friday that allegations of child sex abuse by clerics more than doubled in its latest 12-month reporting period, and that its spending on victim compensation and child protection surged above $300 million. During the period from July 1, 2017, to ...

Poland’s church leader says sex abuse reports not an attack

Europe 05/17/19, 09:38

Contradicting claims by Poland's ruling party leader, the head of Poland's Catholic church says recent revelations about priests abusing minors are not attacks on the church but will help its cleansing. Poland's primate, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, was referring to a documentary film, "Tell No One," that contains testimony by men and ...

Poland vows firm penalties for sex abuse amid church crisis

Europe 05/14/19, 07:55

Poland's prime minister is vowing tougher punishments for those who sexually abuse minors after a new film spurred the country into grappling with the problem of abuse by priests. The documentary "Tell No One" has triggered soul searching in the deeply Catholic country since it was released on Saturday on YouTube. Shock ...

Key points of Vatican law on reporting sex abuse, cover-ups

Europe 05/09/19, 07:40

Pope Francis on Thursday issued a new church law about reporting clergy sex abuse and cover-up, outlining investigation procedures when the accused is a bishop or religious superior. It's the latest effort by the pope to respond to the global eruption of the sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Some key points ...

Vatican law: Priests, nuns must report sex abuse, cover-up

Europe 05/09/19, 05:38

Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a groundbreaking new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. The new church law provides ...

California to review sex-abuse responses of all 12 dioceses

California 05/03/19, 22:34

The California attorney general's office will review how all 12 Roman Catholic dioceses in the state handled allegations of child sexual abuse that have resulted in payouts of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims. Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent out letters to the dioceses on Thursday, Sacramento diocese spokesman Kevin ...

Retired Pope Benedict wades into clergy sex abuse debate

Europe 04/11/19, 09:38

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis on the Catholic Church's clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. The essay immediately raised eyebrows, seeming to interfere with or even contradict Pope Francis' own efforts to confront one of ...

Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse cases

World 04/11/19, 06:27

The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests, including accusations from 20 years ago, officials said Thursday. The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Japan said it has established a committee in each diocese to take claims and consultations related to sexual abuse ...

New Guam archbishop after predecessor’s sex abuse verdict

America 04/06/19, 06:48

Pope Francis has formally named Monsignor Michael Byrnes as Guam's archbishop following the definitive sex abuse verdict against his predecessor. Byrnes in 2016 had been named coadjutor bishop for the U.S. Pacific island territory, giving him the right of succession after Archbishop Anthony Apuron was removed pending the investigation into claims ...

Vatican upholds sex abuse conviction against Guam archbishop

Europe 04/04/19, 08:16

The Vatican has upheld its conviction of Guam's ousted archbishop for sexually abusing minors and has added a further penalty on appeal that effectively prevents him from presenting himself as a bishop. The Vatican announced the definitive decision against Archbishop Anthony Apuron Thursday. In doing so, it revealed for the first ...

Pope mandates reporting of sex abuse claims in Vatican City

Europe 03/29/19, 06:02

Pope Francis has issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for Vatican personnel and Holy See diplomats overseas, requiring the immediate reporting of abuse allegations to Vatican prosecutors, a policy shift aimed at being a model for the Catholic Church worldwide. The mandatory reporting provision of the legislation published Friday marks the ...

$2M to victim of sex abuse by priest who made him confess

U.S. 03/26/19, 11:24

A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $2 million to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest who made him say confession after the assaults. The settlement with the Diocese of Erie was announced Tuesday by the victim's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian. The defrocked priest, ...

French cardinal convicted in sex abuse scandal to meet pope

Europe 03/18/19, 05:26

French cardinal Philippe Barbarin is meeting with the pope after having been convicted by a French court of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police. Barbarin has said he will resign after becoming the latest high-ranking churchman to fall in the global reckoning over clergy sex abuse and cover-ups. ...

Sex abuse convictions of Australia cardinal prove polarizing

World 03/11/19, 22:22

The most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse will be sentenced to prison Wednesday in an Australia landmark case that has polarized observers. Some describe the prosecution as proof that the church is no longer above the law, while others suspect Cardinal George Pell has been made a ...

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