Cardinal in scandal-hit Philadelphia dies at 88

Local 10

Author: By Sarah Hoye and Dan Gilgoff CNN

Published On: Feb 01 2012

Philadelphia’s Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua has died at the age of 88, the city’s Catholic archdiocese announced.

The announcement Tuesday comes as the archdiocese faces one of the most sweeping sex abuse scandals in America.

The allegations date from the time when Bevilacqua was archbishop. He was not himself accused of abuse, but one of his top officials has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in a ground-breaking prosecution.

The Philadelphia scandal could open a historic chapter in the abuse crisis, church watchers say, changing the way the American criminal justice system deals with church abuse.

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