Sexual abuse

Manuel Vega, who says he was sexually abused by a priest over a five-year period decades ago, talks about his lawsuit against the Vatican, seeking the names of all offenders within the church worldwide, at a news conference in Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Vega, now 52, reached a settlement with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2007, but his attorneys said Thursday that doesn't release the Vatican from responsibility. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in federal court in California, accuses the Vatican of placing the Rev. Fidencio Silva-Flores in a position of power at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Oxnard, Calif., and says it should have known he posed a danger to children. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
October 04, 2018 - 5:44 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man who says he was sexually abused by a priest decades ago is suing the Vatican, seeking the release of the names of all offenders within the church worldwide. Manny Vega, a 52-year-old former police officer and Marine, said Thursday that he's fighting for the truth...
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John Silva
October 03, 2018 - 11:15 am
(Bridgeport, Conn./WTIC) - The Diocese of Bridgeport has tapped a retired superior court judge to lead an investigation into sexual abuse in the church. Robert Holzberg is currently a partner with the law firm of Pullman and Comely. Bishop Frank Caggiano made the announcement. The bishop says...
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Bishops and Cardinals attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis for the opening of a synod, a meeting of bishops, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. The synod is bringing together 266 bishops from five continents for talks on helping young people feel called to the church at a time when church marriages and religious vocations are plummeting in much of the West. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 03, 2018 - 6:14 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Catholic bishops on Wednesday to dream of a future free of the mistakes and sins of the past, as he opened a global gathering of the church leadership amid renewed outrage over the priestly sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter's...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2008 file photo, actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. A year after it became an unwilling focus for Britain's #MeToo movement, the Old Vic Theatre says it is trying to stamp out abuses of power in all workplaces. The London theater company once led by actor Kevin Spacey said Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 that 20 cultural organizations have joined it in appointing workplace "guardians," specially trained staff who serve as a first line of defense against bullying, harassment and abuse(AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
October 01, 2018 - 10:43 am
LONDON (AP) — A year after it became an unwilling focus for Britain's #MeToo movement, the Old Vic Theatre says it is trying to stamp out abuses of power in all workplaces. The London theater company once led by actor Kevin Spacey said Monday that 20 cultural organizations have joined it in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, Jean-Claude Arnault arrives at the district court for the start of court proceedings in Stockholm. Arnault, a French citizen who is a major cultural figure in Sweden, is at the center of a sex-abuse and financial crimes scandal that has tarnished the academy and forced it to take a year off in choosing who should get the prestigious literature prize. (Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via AP, File)
October 01, 2018 - 7:59 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The man at the center of a sex abuse and financial crimes scandal in Sweden that is tarnishing the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature was convicted of rape and sentenced Monday to two years in prison. Jean-Claude Arnault, 72, a major cultural figure in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2008 file photo, actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. A year after it became an unwilling focus for Britain's #MeToo movement, the Old Vic Theatre says it is trying to stamp out abuses of power in all workplaces. The London theater company once led by actor Kevin Spacey said Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 that 20 cultural organizations have joined it in appointing workplace "guardians," specially trained staff who serve as a first line of defense against bullying, harassment and abuse(AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
September 30, 2018 - 7:09 pm
LONDON (AP) — A year after it became an unwilling focus for Britain's #MeToo movement, the Old Vic Theatre says it is trying to stamp out abuses of power in all workplaces. The London theater company once led by actor Kevin Spacey said Monday that 20 cultural organizations have joined it in...
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FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 file photo, Shireen Ghorbani, a Democratic candidate for U.S. House in Utah, attends a rally protesting U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in Salt Lake City. Ghorbani recently went public with her sexual assault as an 8-year-old. The high-profile airing of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh has led victims around the country to flood support center lines with calls, come forward with reports of rapes and publicly share long-held stories of their own experiences of being attacked. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
September 30, 2018 - 3:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The high-profile airing of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has led victims around the country to flood support center lines with calls, come forward with reports of rapes and publicly share long-held stories of their own experiences of being...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. On Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, Roman Catholic Church officials confirmed that the disgraced ex-cardinal who was removed from ministry amid allegations of sexual abuse has moved to a friary in remote western Kansas that is near an elementary school. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
September 29, 2018 - 7:08 pm
VICTORIA, Kan. (AP) — The friary in remote western Kansas that is now home to a disgraced former U.S. cardinal removed from ministry by Pope Francis over allegations of sexual abuse is just one block from an elementary school. The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., confirmed in a statement Friday...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis delivers his message during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The former Vatican ambassador who accused three popes and their advisers of covering up for a disgraced American ex-cardinal has denounced Pope Francis' refusal to directly respond to his claims and challenged the Vatican to say what it knows about the scandal. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
September 29, 2018 - 7:52 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked Saturday for daily prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are "attacks by the devil," in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling his papacy. A Vatican statement appeared to be an indirect response to...
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September 28, 2018 - 9:36 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked the Chilean priest at the center of the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen a sentence originally handed down by the Vatican in 2011. In a statement Friday, the Vatican said Francis had laicized the...
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