Police Say Pennsylvania Priest Blew $40K of Church Money on Phone Apps

A Pennsylvania priest is facing criminal charges after police said he stole thousands of dollars of church funds and used them for App Store transactions – like virtual slot machines, Mario Kart, Candy Crush and Pokémon Go. A criminal complaint and affidavit of probable cause allege Lawrence Kozak, a former pastor at St. Thomas More … Read more

WATCH: Louisiana State Police Obtain Sexual Abuse Search Warrant for Archdiocese of New Orleans

  The criminal investigation into child sexual molestation in New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese has entered a major new phase, as a judge ordered the church to turn over records showing how it responded to abuse allegations over the last several decades. The order signed Monday seeks files that would identify every priest and deacon … Read more

WATCH: Catholic Charities Found Partly Liable in Death of 4-Year-Old Boy

  A Cuyahoga County jury reached a verdict in the civil trial against Catholic Charities and other defendants Tuesday in a case stemming from the 2017 death of Jordan Rodriguez, a 4-year-old who was tragically found buried in his mother’s backyard in Cleveland. The eight-member jury sided with the plaintiff in the case, Michelle Rodriguez, … Read more

Diocese of Sacramento Officially Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Sacramento is the 33rd U.S. diocese to declare bankruptcy as a result of the sexual abuse scandal. The Diocese of Sacramento announced on Monday that they had officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It comes months after the diocese announced its intentions to file for bankruptcy in the wake of more than 250 lawsuits … Read more

Sacramento to be the 33rd US Diocese to Declare Bankruptcy

The Diocese of Sacramento will seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after more than 250 lawsuits claiming sexual abuse by clergy and other staff, Bishop Jaime Soto said on Saturday. Soto said the diocese intends to seek Chapter 11 protection by March 2024. “There are many victim-survivors awaiting compensation for the reprehensible sins committed against them,” Soto … Read more

Ohio Priest Sentenced to Life in Prison for Sex-Trafficking Boys

A Roman Catholic priest received a life sentence Friday for his convictions on five counts related to sex-trafficking charges in the molestation of three boys who prosecutors say he met at an Ohio preschool and coerced to continue sexual activity as adults. Rev. Michael Zacharias, 56, received concurrent life sentences for counts of sex trafficking … Read more

WATCH: New Orleans Priest Admits to Sexually Abusing Minors

  After years of denial, a notorious former New Orleans church leader admitted in an interview that he sexually molested or harassed several teenagers during his career. CBS affiliate WWL-TV in New Orleans was interviewing Lawrence Hecker with the British newspaper the Guardian about a statement he gave to New Orleans church leaders in 1999 when … Read more

Judge Orders Most Names Made Public in Maryland Abuse Report: Calls for ‘More Transparency, Not Less’

A Baltimore judge on Tuesday ordered that redactions be lifted for all but three of the names blacked out from a report on the history of sex abuse within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Maryland Attorney General released the 456-page investigation that details 158 clergy, teachers, seminarians and deacons within the Archdiocese of Baltimore allegedly … Read more