Religious scandals

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 file photo, a sexual abuse victim points to the photos of Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct by victims during a news conference in Orange, Calif. On Friday, May 31, 2019, the U.S. Catholic church says that allegations of child sex-abuse by clergy more than doubled in its latest 12-month reporting period, and its spending on victim compensation and child protection surged above $300 million. During the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, 1,385 adults came forward with 1,455 allegations of abuse, according to the annual report of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. That was up from 693 allegations in the previous year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 31, 2019 - 3:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — 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...
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May 30, 2019 - 4:33 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man who became the first U.S. priest to be labeled sexually violent for crimes in Illinois has admitting abusing two boys in Missouri. Fred Lenczycki pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of sodomy for crimes that occurred in the early 1990s, when he was serving at a parish in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016 file photo, former Bishop of Oran Gustavo Zanchetta participates in negotiations with border workers in Oran, Salta, Argentina. Bishop Zanchetta is now on trial at the Vatican, accused of sexually abusing seminarians. Pope Francis revealed the development Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in an interview with Mexico's Televisa. (AP Photo/Javier Corbalan, File)
May 28, 2019 - 5:59 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis is now on trial at the Vatican, accused of sexually abusing seminarians. Francis revealed the development in an interview with Mexico's Televisa Tuesday. He said he received the results of a preliminary investigation into Bishop Gustavo...
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Emanuel Samson listens to testimony during the sentencing phase of his trial Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Samson was convicted of murder for shooting up a Nashville church in 2017. He faces life in prison for killing Melanie Crow and wounding seven other people at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
May 28, 2019 - 5:29 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man convicted of murder in a 2017 Nashville church shooting will spend at least 51 years in prison, but a jury was deciding on Tuesday whether he should have the possibility of parole. During the sentencing phase of Emanuel Kidega Samson's trial, a psychiatrist...
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Emanuel Kidega Samson sits in court as the verdict is read in his murder trial Friday, May 24, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Samson was found guilty of first-degree murder in a shooting at a Nashville church two years ago that left a woman dead and seven wounded. Jurors deliberated less than five hours before finding Samson guilty on all 43 counts in the indictment. (Shelley Mays/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
May 24, 2019 - 4:33 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury on Friday found a man guilty of first-degree murder in a shooting at a Nashville church two years ago that left a woman dead and seven wounded. Jurors deliberated less than five hours before delivering the verdict against Emanuel Kidega Samson. He was found guilty on...
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May 24, 2019 - 3:36 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan prosecutors announced Friday that five former Catholic priests are facing sexual abuse charges as part of the state attorney general's ongoing investigation into clergy abuse going back decades. Attorney General Dana Nessel said the priests served in dioceses in Detroit,...
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, of the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, addresses the media during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, Monday, May 20, 2019. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after the resignation of his vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache from the Freedom Party spelled an end to his governing coalition. (AP Photo/Michael Gruber)
May 20, 2019 - 1:51 pm
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday he is seeking the removal of the country's interior minister over a video scandal that has rocked the Alpine nation in recent days. The move, which must be approved by Austria's president, is expected to trigger a walk-out of Interior...
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, of the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, addresses the media during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, Monday, May 20, 2019. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after the resignation of his vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache from the Freedom Party spelled an end to his governing coalition. (AP Photo/Michael Gruber)
May 20, 2019 - 1:11 pm
VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on the video scandal that's rocked the Austrian government (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he expects the far-right Freedom Party to leave his government as it has threatened to do. Kurz, who has asked Austria's president to remove...
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Authorities conduct a raid on the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. A police commander says a search at the Catholic Diocese of Dallas began when an investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against a former priest uncovered claims against others. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 8:44 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Investigators who were "thwarted" during earlier investigations of child sexual abuse by priests on Wednesday searched the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to obtain evidence of sexual misconduct, according to a police commander and police records. Investigators searched the...
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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 15, 2019 - 10:33 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition lawmakers demanded Wednesday that a member of the ruling party be excluded from parliament's work on new laws to curb sex abuse of minors, alleging he had tried to justify the actions of a priest convicted of pedophilia. The conservative government said...
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