Catholic Reform Groups Want Bridgeport Bishop Reviewed

NBC 30 [Bridgeport CT]
December 16, 2003

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Two Catholic reform groups are calling on the Catholic Church to conduct a review of Bridgeport Bishop William Lori, accusing him of protecting a priest whom they say molested a child.

The alleged incident took place in 1978. The groups, Voice of the Faithful and Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests, say Lori isn't living up to the church's zero-tolerance policy.

"If zero tolerance is zero tolerance, then that doesn't allow for continuing people in ministry," said Joseph O'Callaghan of Voice of the Faithful.

The Diocese of Bridgeport had no comment.

The groups say the alleged victim has shared in the $21 million payment the diocese made to victims in October.


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