|Reform Group Urges Cardinal George to Resign
August 19, 2008
A lay reform group on Tuesday called on Cardinal Francis George to leave his post as Chicago's Catholic archbishop, saying recent revelations about his handling of sexual abuse allegations against priests were intolerable. [See the VOTF press release.]
Leaders of the Boston-based Voice of the Faithful said they can't understand why the cardinal ignored advice to remove from ministry two priests accused of abusing minors or why he worked to reduce the prison sentence of a convicted child molester—actions the cardinal disclosed last week as part of a $12.7 million settlement involving 16 abuse victims and 11 accused priests.
Colleen Dolan, communications director for the Chicago archdiocese, said the cardinal has not considered resigning.
She said his decision to share the deposition demonstrates his transparency.
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