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Sisters’ Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania Diocese Claims Sex Abuse by Priest

Two sisters have sued a Catholic priest, his central Pennsylvania diocese and two ex-bishops who supervised him, saying the cleric molested them repeatedly as girls — including one at her first Communion party. The younger sister, who is now 47, …

Jury Says Florida Church Must Pay Burn Victim

Jurors in Florida have determined that the Agape Baptist Church must pay $471,798.50 to a man who was severely burned after setting fire to a pile of trash while working off community service hours. The verdict in Ocala includes $300,000 …

‘Devil’s Tooth Exorcism’ Results in $3.7M Claim Against Tennessee Church

A Tennessee pastor said he cast out a parishioner’s demon, but a lawsuit contends that only the plaintiff’s tooth was exorcised. According to The Mountain Press, Andrew Byrd filed a $3.7 million lawsuit against the Family Chapel Church of God …

New Jersey Diocese Settles Priest Sex Abuse Case for $1M

The Diocese of Trenton and lawyers for five men who were abused by a New Jersey priest in the 1970s and 1980s said they have reached a seven-figure settlement. The diocese said allegations against the Rev. Ronald Becker, who died …

Man Gets $6.3 Million in Illinois Priest Abuse Case

A nine-year legal fight by a man sexually abused by a priest in the 1970s is over, now that a southern Illinois diocese and its insurer have handed over $6.3 million to resolve a jury award in the man’s favor. …

Auditors Cite Catholic Church’s Lapses in Child Abuse Prevention

Auditors hired by the U.S. bishops to check child safety in America’s Roman Catholic dioceses each year warned in a new report this week of a drift away from parts of the church’s nine-year-old abuse prevention plan. The agency the …