Religious scandals

October 26, 2017 - 12:20 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade minister says he is returning two months of his salary after a government-backed lender reported $2.3 billion in shady loans. Hiroshige Seko, who heads the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, mentioned the action at a conference Thursday while discussing problems...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, a wildfire burns behind a winery in Santa Rosa, Calif. Viral stories claiming a homeless man from Mexico was arrested on suspicion of arson on Oct. 15, 2017, for starting the wildfires that have left dozens dead are false. The Sonoma County sheriff's office tells the AP that the man was arrested, but the fire was a small one in a park that was quickly put out and there's no indication the fire is linked to the wildfire blazes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
October 20, 2017 - 2:14 pm
A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: Illegal Alien Charged With California Wildfire That...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2017 file photo, Cardinal George Pell meets the media, at the Vatican. Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offense charges, was jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 in his native Australia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
October 07, 2017 - 7:05 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says that leaders of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have traveled to Rome to discuss "the restoration of trust" amid a sex abuse scandal involving Australian cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to the pope. The Vatican announced the delegation's visit...
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October 07, 2017 - 4:33 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order, stained by revelations that its founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered several children, is facing a new credibility scandal: The rector of its diocesan seminary in Rome is leaving the priesthood after admitting he fathered two...
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Pope Francis walks to his chair for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
October 06, 2017 - 9:25 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday denounced the proliferation of adult and child pornography on the internet and demanded better protections for children online — even as the Vatican confronts its own cross-border child porn investigation involving a top papal envoy. Francis met with...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2017 file photo, Cardinal George Pell meets the media, at the Vatican. Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offense charges, was jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 in his native Australia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
October 05, 2017 - 10:51 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic official to face sex offense charges, was jeered by protesters as he made a court appearance in his native Australia on Friday in a case that has rocked the Vatican and placed scrutiny on the pope's stance against abusive clergy...
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August 28, 2017 - 3:18 am
GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted four members of a New Mexico paramilitary religious sect in connection with a child abuse and child sexual abuse investigation. The Cibola County grand jury voted late Friday to indict the four members of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training...
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In this undated photo, James Green, co-leader of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps, waits in the parking lot of the Cibola County Magistrate Court in Grants, N.M. Four members of the New Mexico paramilitary religious sect rocked by child sexual abuse allegations were arrested while trying to flee the state in two vans full of children, authorities said Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (Adron Gardner/Gallup Independent via AP)
August 25, 2017 - 3:58 pm
GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a New Mexico military-style Christian sect facing child abuse charges (all times local): 1:45 p.m. A judge has refused to lower bond on two leaders of a New Mexico paramilitary religious sect who are both facing child sexual abuse charges. Cibola County Magistrate...
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In this undated photo, James Green, co-leader of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps, waits in the parking lot of the Cibola County Magistrate Court in Grants, N.M. Four members of the New Mexico paramilitary religious sect rocked by child sexual abuse allegations were arrested while trying to flee the state in two vans full of children, authorities said Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (Adron Gardner/Gallup Independent via AP)
August 25, 2017 - 3:59 am
GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — The leader of a New Mexico paramilitary religious sect rocked by child sexual abuse allegations says "hundreds of kids" have safely passed through the group's compound in New Mexico. But James Green told the KOB-TV in Albuquerque ( https://goo.gl/mY9EKV ) on Thursday that the...
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August 22, 2017 - 12:13 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former member of a military-style Christian sect says that for years she's been trying to draw attention to the New Mexico group whose leader has been charged with dozens of counts of child sexual abuse. Maura Alana Schmierer told The Associated Press on Monday that she...
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