Malooly praises monsignors in letter

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[letter from Bishop Malooly]

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Bishop W. Francis Malooly on Friday released a letter saluting three of his top deputies, saying they had his “complete support and gratitude” and rejecting charges that they engineered a cover-up of child sexual abuse by priests in the diocese.

Malooly said he will not ask for the resignations of monsignors J. Thomas Cini, Clement Lemon or Joseph Rebman, all of whom, in the bishop’s view, have served honorably.

“These men love God, the Church and the people of our diocese, and they take very seriously the work of protecting children,” Malooly wrote. “They have my complete support and gratitude.”

In the letter, posted Friday afternoon on the website of the Dialog, the diocese newspaper, Malooly acknowledges the mistakes of previous bishops and says the diocese would have served abuse survivors, their families and the church better by disclosing the names of abusive priests.

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