Religious scandals

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson sits on the sideline with his wife, Gayle Benson, before an NFL football game in New Orleans. An Associated Press review of public tax documents found that the Bensons' foundation has given at least $62 million to the Archdiocese of New Orleans and other Catholic causes over the past dozen years, including gifts to schools, universities, charities and individual parishes. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)
July 15, 2020 - 12:41 pm
A judge has denied a request by news organizations including The Associated Press to unseal court records involving the mental competency of billionaire Tom Benson when he rewrote his will to give his third wife ownership of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans sports franchises. The news outlets...
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Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, after celebrating a Mass for the Feast of Rome's Patrons Saints Peter and Paul, at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
June 29, 2020 - 1:02 pm
ROME (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis has been informed about an appeal launched by a group of Catholics in Poland urging intervention into cases where bishops have continued to cover up for priests who sexually molest children. The group “EnoughHarm” took out a full-page advertisement on...
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FILE -- In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, right, the Roman Catholic primate of Poland, addresses the media during a news conference at the episcopate building in Warsaw. Pope Francis has named a temporary administrator to lead a southern Polish diocese where the bishop has been accused of covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured in a second abuse documentary that has rocked Poland's Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
June 25, 2020 - 2:58 pm
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his central diocese and let someone else run it while he is under investigation for covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured in a second clergy abuse documentary that has rocked Poland's Catholic Church. Francis on Thursday...
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FILE - In this 1979 file photo, Pope John Paul II, left, poses with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected Pope on April 19, 2005 and chose Benedict XVI as his papal name. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is honoring St. John Paul II on the centenary of his birth and floating the idea that he should be called “the Great,” as only two other popes have been. (AP Photo/File)
May 18, 2020 - 5:42 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — St. John Paul II was honored on the centennial of his birth with special Masses at the Vatican and in his native Poland on Monday, an anniversary that comes as the Polish church finds itself shaken by new allegations of sexual abuse by clerics. From the small town of Wadowice...
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In this April 10, 2020, photo provided by Sky News Australia, Cardinal George Pell is interviewed in Sydney following his release from prison after Australia's highest court cleared him of child sex crimes. Pell, Pope Francis’s former finance minister said in a television interview broadcast on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, that some church officials believed that he was prosecuted by Australian authorities because of the trouble he had caused in the Vatican with financial reforms. (Sky News Australia via AP)
May 07, 2020 - 4:26 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell knew a notorious pedophile priest had been moved decades ago because he had sexually abused children, and should have removed an unstable priest in another parish who was also a suspected pedophile, a government inquiry concluded. A report...
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In this April 10, 2020, photo provided by Sky News Australia, Cardinal George Pell is interviewed in Sydney following his release from prison after Australia's highest court cleared him of child sex crimes. Pell, Pope Francis’s former finance minister said in a television interview broadcast on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, that some church officials believed that he was prosecuted by Australian authorities because of the trouble he had caused in the Vatican with financial reforms. (Sky News Australia via AP)
April 14, 2020 - 7:45 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell has linked his fight against corruption in the Vatican with his prosecution in Australia for alleged child sex abuse. Pell was regarded as the third highest-ranking Vatican official in 2018 when he became the world’s most senior Catholic to be...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, a New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the playing field before an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. An Associated Press review of public tax documents found that the Bensons' foundation has given at least $62 million to the Archdiocese of New Orleans and other Catholic causes over the past dozen years, including gifts to schools, universities, charities and individual parishes. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
April 09, 2020 - 8:40 pm
Hundreds of emails detailing the New Orleans Saints’ efforts to conduct damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese amid its clergy sexual abuse crisis should remain shielded from the public, a court official recommended Thursday. The recommendation by a court special master came...
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Cardinal George Pell sits in the back seat of a car as he leaves prison in Geelong, Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Pope Francis' former finance minister Pell had been the most senior Catholic found guilty of sexually abusing children and has spent 13 months in high-security prisons before seven High Court judges unanimously dismissed his convictions. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)
April 07, 2020 - 7:41 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes Tuesday and said his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis. Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, had been the most...
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April 01, 2020 - 8:26 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court will deliver its ruling next week on whether to overturn the convictions of Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse. The 78-year-old Pell is one year into a six-year sentence for molesting two 13-year-old...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. The most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse will take his appeal to Australia’s highest court on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in potentially his last bid to clear his name. Cardinal George Pell was sentenced a year ago to six years in prison for molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral while he was the city’s archbishop in the late 1990s. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
March 12, 2020 - 6:06 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court on Thursday said it will deliver a verdict at a later date on whether to overturn the convictions of the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse. Cardinal George Pell's lawyer, Bret Walker, told the High Court that if it found...
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