Lawsuit Claims Bishop Stika Allowed Priest Admitting To Sexual Battery To Remain At Parish

A priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church was named in a lawsuit claiming that the priest sexually battered a parishioner in 2020 and Bishop Richard Stika allowed him to continue to work for the church after receiving the assault report from law enforcement, according to court documents obtained by WVLT News. In February of 2020, … Read more

Priest and Nun Named in New Hope Haven Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

  If you’re driving through Jefferson Parish, you’ll spot beautiful, abandoned buildings that sit on Barataria Boulevard. Although the striking exterior of the buildings can quickly catch your eye, it’s the stories that happened inside that are haunting. “As a child, I wanted to take my own life,” said Larry Polizzi. A new lawsuit filed … Read more

Former Omaha Archdiocesan Chancellor Arrested for Allegedly Abusing a Vulnerable Adult

The first of possible multiple charges came this week for Michael Gutgsell, a longtime priest in the Archdiocese of Omaha. The 73-year-old Gutgsell is charged with theft of over $154,000 and the abuse of a vulnerable adult. It stems from Gutgsell being a personal representative to a now-deceased priest’s finances. Prosecutors said in court Friday, … Read more

Former Baltimore Priest Pleads Guilty To Preying On A Minor

Fernando Cristancho, a former Catholic priest in Harford County, pleaded guilty on Monday to coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday. According to Cristancho’s guilty plea, the former priest sexually abused a young lector even after the Archdiocese of Baltimore said he … Read more

Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano Vandalized

Over 100 incidents of attacks on Catholic statues and structures have occurred in North America in 2020. A 244-year-old Spanish mission in Orange County that was already shuttered due to COVID-19 rules was found vandalized early Friday morning. Orange County sheriff’s deputies were called about 6:30 a.m. Friday when the vandalism was discovered, according to … Read more

Multiple Acts of Vandalism at PA Parish Marks 100th Attack on Catholics in North America This Year

A Catholic church community in Westmoreland County is on edge and looking for answers after several acts of vandalism. Father Sam Lamendola of St. Joseph Parish in Derry said there have been five break-ins at the church since Halloween. It began with broken windows, and then someone got into the church. Someone toppled statues, broke … Read more

WATCH: Shirtless Man Starts Fire In FL Church

  A man broke into one of Hillsborough County’s most well-known churches and set it on fire. Now, deputies want the public’s help to find him. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Incarnation Catholic Church in Town ‘n’ Country. Deputies released surveillance video showing the man burglarizing the church and lighting … Read more