Sexual abuse

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections shows Curtis Wehmeyer, who pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct and child pornography. Three brothers who were sexually abused by the former priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, May 14, 2019, against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Vatican's former ambassador to the United States. (Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP, File)
May 14, 2019 - 8:01 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the...
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People stand in the Temple of Divine Providence, a major church in the Polish capital, on Monday May 13, 2019. A new documentary about pedophile priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
May 14, 2019 - 3:37 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Tuesday vowed 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...
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May 13, 2019 - 4:12 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests plan to sue the Vatican and are demanding to know the names of thousands of predator priests they say have been kept secret. Attorney Jeff Anderson plans to file his lawsuit on Tuesday. The plaintiffs include three brothers who were...
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People walk by the Temple of Divine Providence, a major church in the Polish capital,in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, May 13, 2019. A new documentary about pedophile priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
May 13, 2019 - 10:28 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new documentary revealing new cases of pedophilia by priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy. "Just Tell No One," a film paid for through...
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Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the dioceses of Rome, at the Vatican Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 10, 2019 - 10:05 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Friday to combat the sexual abuse of nuns and urged religious sisters to just say no when clergy want to use them as maids. Francis told 850 superiors of religious orders gathered for the triennial assembly of the International Union of Superiors General, the...
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U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost, left, Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen, Department of Homeland Security Acting Executive Associate Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations Nathalie Asher, Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Jonathan Hayes, and Joint Task Force West Director Manuel Padilla Jr., are sworn in for a Senate Judiciary Border Security and Immigration Subcommittee hearing about the border, Wednesday May 8, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 09, 2019 - 5:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are questioning whether the Trump administration is neglecting its duty to protect unaccompanied immigrant children in its care amid allegations of misconduct at federally funded shelters. Chairman Chuck...
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Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the dioceses of Rome, at the Vatican Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 09, 2019 - 3:13 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to...
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From left, Malta's Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti and Mons. Juan Ignacio Arrieta talk to journalists during a press conference to present the new sex abuse law, at the Vatican's press room, Rome, Thursday, May 9, 2019. 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 an important new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
May 09, 2019 - 11:21 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on new church laws regarding sex abuse reporting issued Thursday by Pope Francis (all times local): 5:00 p.m. Advocates for sex abuse victims say a new Vatican law on reporting clerical sex abuse and church cover-ups of abuse is a step forward but much more needs to...
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Jenny Teeson, center in white, of Andover, Minnesota, looks on as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs a bill at the Capitol in St. Paul, on Thursday, May 2, 2019, repealing a Minnesota law that prevented prosecutors from filing sexual assault charges against people accused of raping their spouse. Teeson, testified before legislative committees earlier this year about how her now ex-husband drugged her and made a video of himself raping her while she was unconscious. Prosecutors dropped rape charges because of the old law, and he served just 30 days in jail for invasion of privacy. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
May 04, 2019 - 3:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex. Three and a...
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May 03, 2019 - 10:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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...
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