Bishop Malone Returned Accused Priest to Ministry After Investigation Some Called ‘A Sham’

Bishop Richard Malone says his congregation’s darkest days are in the past. The embattled spiritual leader has faced calls for his resignation over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against clergy members in the Diocese of Buffalo, where a public reckoning that started as a local scandal became a national headline. A whistleblower, Malone’s own … Read more

Former El Paso Priest Convicted Of Molesting A Child

A jury Monday evening convicted a former El Paso Catholic priest in a child sexual assault case that dates back to the 1990’s, when he was still an active priest. Jurors in the trial of Miguel Luna, 68, deliberated for about five hours before returning a guilty verdict on all 12 counts he faced. Luna, … Read more

Former Lansing Diocese Priest Subject Of New Abuse Charges

New sexual assault charges have been filed against a former Catholic priest who served churches in Burton and Flushing. Vincent DeLorenzo, who now lives in Florida, is facing three counts each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and second degree criminal sexual conduct. The alleged conduct occurred sometime around 1995. Court documents show the six new … Read more

California Priest Arrested for Child Sex Abuse

It wasn’t the news parishioners at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Lorenzo wanted to hear. Their former priest, Father David Mendoza-Vela was arrested on 30 counts of Lewd acts with a child on Thursday.  Some couldn’t believe it.  “He’s a priest, he’s a good priest,” one unidentified parishioner said.     Alameda County Sheriff’s … Read more

Illinois Attorney General: There are More Abusive Priests than Dioceses Disclosed

Three months into a state investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Thursday said that the number of violators “is more extensive than the Church previously has disclosed to the public.” Attorney General Madigan’s “initial review” has found priests with “credible allegations of sexual abuse against minors” … Read more