Category: Clergy Abuse

BREAKING: International House of Prayer Founder Mike Bickle Accused of Clergy Sexual Abuse ‘Spanning Several Decades’

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Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo. (IHOPKC), is facing allegations of clergy sexual abuse “spanning several decades,” according to a statement released today by former IHOPKC leaders. Bickle has led IHOPKC since 1999—a…[Continue Reading...]

Former PPD Officer, Priest Convicted in Separate Sexual Violence Cases Involving Child Victims

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PHILADELPHIA (October 23, 2023) – The District Attorney’s Special Investigations Unit on Monday announced that it had secured the convictions of a former Philadelphia Police officer and a former Catholic priest in separate prosecutions alleging child sexual abuse and assault.…[Continue Reading...]

A statue of late cardinal accused of abuse removed from outside a German cathedral

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BERLIN -- A scandal centering on sexual abuse allegations against a long-deceased cardinal has created a “very difficult situation” for the troubled Catholic Church in Germany, a top German bishop said Monday, hours after a statue of the late cleric…[Continue Reading...]

Statue of late cardinal accused of sexual abuse removed

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#Berlin A statue of a deceased German cardinal was removed from its perch outside Essen Cathedral in western Germany on Monday, days after allegations of sexual abuse decades ago became public. The accusations against Cardinal Franz Hengsbach, who died in…[Continue Reading...]

A registered sex-offender became a ‘ministerial servant’ for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Springfield; he’s now in prison for assaulting child

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SPRINGFIELD — A Level 3 sex offender who moved to Springfield and secured a role with the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization is now in prison. Jay Aaron Smith, 62, was sentenced recently in Hampden Superior Court to 15 years in…[Continue Reading...]

Pope Francis removes Filipino priest over child abuse allegations

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MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis has removed a priest from Borongan, Eastern Samar, due to allegations of child sexual abuse, according to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). The accused priest identified as Pio Aclon, previously stationed in…[Continue Reading...]

Convicted Sex Offender Rabbi Berland Turned Away at Ukrainian Border on Way to Uman

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Rabbi Eliezer Berland was turned away at the Ukrainian border with Romania while attempting to journey to the pilgrimage city of Uman for the High Holidays, despite Israeli efforts to convince Kyiv to lift its travel ban on the convicted…[Continue Reading...]

Catholic ‘cult’ in California: What do we know?

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Earlier this month, reports emerged in a California news outlet about alleged sexual abuse that purportedly took place at a commune run by a Catholic pro-life organization, Catholics United for Life. The allegations come from three biological sisters who say they were abused…[Continue Reading...]

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