Catholic Newspaper Urges Banks to Resign

Post-Crescent [Green Bay WI]
Downloaded July 29, 2003

The National Catholic Reporter, an independent weekly, has called for the resignations of five bishops named in the Boston Archdiocese sex abuse scandal.

This includes Bishop Robert Banks of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. Banks submitted his request to retire in February when he turned 75, a requirement for Catholic bishops. Banks is now waiting for the Vatican to accept his resignation.

A report last week by Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Tim Reilly said it is likely that more than 1,000 people were molested by priests and workers in the Boston archdiocese over six decades.

Banks, who worked in the Boston archdiocese, was among officials subpoenaed to answer questions about their handling of complaints against priests.


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