Aug 02, 2020
Diocese of Covington Releases Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse
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COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) —
The report was released Friday on the diocese website along with a list naming the accused, The Kentucky Enquirer reported.
“There are no words to adequately express the sorrow and shame I feel,” Foys wrote in an apology released with the report. “I can never apologize enough to those who have been harmed by any representative of the church. I beg your forgiveness in the name of the church.”
In 2006, the Diocese of Covington paid more than $81 million to sexual abuse victims in a court settlement.
The diocese said the report was compiled by two former FBI agents who reviewed thousands of records dating back to 1950.
Of the accused priests, all but 14 are deceased.
Foys said the diocese has policies and practices in place that will prevent future abuse. To the best of his knowledge, he said, “there is no priest in public ministry in the Diocese of Covington who has abused a minor.”
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Worshippers attend indoor services at Sun Valley church
SUN VALLEY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Worshippers on Sunday attended a Sun Valley church that held indoor services, despite a state order prohibiting such services.
Grace Community Church on Roscoe Boulevard held services that did not require visitors to wear a mask.
Those who left the service Sunday evening say the church is a vital service.
"It is our right to express our religious freedom," parishioner Erik Miramontes says.
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In Newbury Park in Ventura County on Sunday, tempers flared outside Godspeak Calvary Chapel after the church defied a judge's temporary restraining order banning sermons inside.
The county had sued the church for violating public health orders.
Back in Sun Valley, the church is now taking legal action after the city issued a cease-and-desist order threatening Pastor John MacArthur with a daily $1,000 fine and possible arrest.
He says complying with the state's order would be disobeying his faith. MacArthur also says the government has no right to dictate how or where they hold their Sunday services.
A tent for outdoor viewing has also been set up there.
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