Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops' new proposals

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shake...

Allegations against Kavanaugh pose test for #MeToo movement

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a year old and still making headlines almost daily, the #MeToo movement faces a dramatic test of its impact and staying power in the sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supr...

Planned Parenthood picks Chinese-born doctor as new leader

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese immigrant who fled her native country when she was 8 has been named Planned Parenthood's new president, the first doctor to hold the post in five decades. D...

Poll: Voters open to candidates without deep religious faith

NEW YORK (AP) — Religion's role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly re...

Advocates of women priests cite scandals to make their case

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates of ordaining women as Roman Catholic priests are citing the church's unfolding sex abuse scandals as powerful arguments for their cause, while acknowledging the high unlikeli...

Cardinal McCarrick scandal inflames debate over gay priests

NEW YORK (AP) — Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic ...

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era

Several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful ch...

In Haiti, slight progress for LGBT rights is seen as victory

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Yaisah Val recently came out publicly as a transgender woman on YouTube, a potentially risky move in a country like Haiti where LGBT residents face pervasive hostility in ...

Haiti grapples with task of helping its vulnerable children

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Like roughly a quarter of Haiti's children, 11-year-old Franchina has spent much of her short life without parents. Her mother dead, her father in prison...

Haiti grapples with task of helping its vulnerable children

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Like roughly a quarter of Haiti's children, 11-year-old Franchina has spent much of her short life without parents. Her mother dead, her father in prison...

Girl Scouts stress 'girl power' in new recruitment efforts

As American women seek a larger role in politics, fairer wages and an end to sexual harassment, the Girl Scouts see an opportune time to show some swagger in promoting their core mission: girl empower...

Muted reaction by 'pro-family' groups to family separations

Even as many religious organizations, from liberal to conservative, denounced the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, some major advocacy groups t...

Pence gives campaign-style speech to Southern Baptists

Vice President Mike Pence gave an often boastful campaign-style speech Wednesday to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, winning several standing ovations even as s...

#MeToo crisis jolts Southern Baptists ahead of key gathering

The Southern Baptists are facing their own #MeToo crisis as the biggest Protestant denomination in the U.S. heads into its annual meeting next week. A series of sexual misconduct cas...

APNewsBreak: McDonald's workers file sex harassment claims

NEW YORK (AP) — Energized by the #MeToo movement, two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's on behalf of 10 women who have worked at the fast...