Matt Rourke, Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — The incoming Roman Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia has pledged to help sex-abuse victims by working harder than anyone to heal "the sins of the past."
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver takes over an archdiocese rocked by two grand jury reports that accuse the church of hiding sex-abuse complaints for decades.
A Philadelphia monsignor is fighting child-endangerment charges for allegedly transferring problem priests, while three priest co-defendants are charged with rape.
Outgoing Archbishop Justin Rigali will retire to Tennessee after eight turbulent years leading nearly 1.5 million Catholics.
The pope appointed the outspoken, conservative Chaput to the post early Tuesday. A 66-year-old Native American, he has spent his career in the western U.S.
Critics say he fought efforts in Colorado to extend the time sex-abuse victims have to file suit.
- Switched at birth, man raised in poverty...
- Court: Mormon church, members not liable in...
- Obama: Income inequality a defining challenge
- Actor Paul Walker dies in car crash; was...
- Research: Native American genes have Eurasian...
- Detroit officially enters bankruptcy
- Newtown releases 911 calls showing anguish...
- 50 things you might not know about 15 of your...
- Obama: Income inequality a defining... 73
- Croatians vote against same-sex marriage 43
- Court: Mormon church, members not... 33
- Fast food outlets planning strike for... 25
- Obama declares health care law is... 20
- Notre Dame sues over health care law's... 19
- Detroit officially enters bankruptcy 18
- Research: Native American genes have... 16