Cardinal Cupich’s Jan. 5 message on the allegation against Fr. Pfleger said the Chicago archdiocese followed its child protection policies and reported the allegation to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney.
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Bishop DiMarzio is already the subject of a Vatican ordered investigation, following the first allegation, made in November, 2019, which DiMarzio has also categorically denied.
Analysis: The pope’s decision to end the obligation of pontifical secrecy on cases of abuse, coercion, or possession of child pornography is a move that some reformers and abuse survivors have called for since the emergence of the Theodore McCarrick scandal in June 2018.
The recently-conducted review by the IRG examined how well the Church had implemented the recommendations of the McLellan report, and where there was still room for improvement.
The Vatican has twice insisted it knew nothing about abuse reports against Zanchetta until the fall of 2018, though media investigations suggest that Pope Francis knew about the allegations in 2015, two years before he gave Zanchetta a Vatican job.
The list, to be released in roughly 45 days, will include the names of diocesan and religious priests, as well as extern priests.
In a listening session in Lincoln, Nebraska, shepherd goes over handling of alleged abuse and misconduct by priests.
The letter, published Wednesday at First Things, calls Catholic leaders to recommit themselves to the Church’s teaching on sexuality.
COMMENTARY: God makes his mercy available to all without limit, but only the truly repentant can receive it.
Bishop Michael Olson, who says laicization should be considered for former cardinal, said those who knew must ‘be held accountable.’