The U.S. bishops' conference Administrative Committee met in Washington March 22-23. NCR was told that they discussed the recent scandal in Philadelphia, where a grand jury found that 37 priests remained in ministry despite "substantial" allegations of sexual abuse.
We were told that the bishops pulled back from specifically addressing the Philadelphia situation in a public statement. Instead, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, as president of the conference, issued a statement confirming the bishops' commitment to zero tolerance.
“We remain especially firm in our commitment to remove permanently from public ministry any priest who committed such an intolerable offense,” Dolan said.
NCR senior correspondent John L. Allen Jr. is working on a story, so stay tuned.
The press release from the bishops' media office and the full text of Dolan's statement follows.
PRESIDENT OF USCCB REITERATES BISHOPS’ RESOLVE TO DEAL FIRMLY WITH CLERICS WHO ABUSE CHILDREN
Clerics who sexually abuse minors are forbidden from ministry
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