Cardinal DiNardo, at center of clergy abuse crisis, accused of mishandling cases in Iowa and Texas

Des Moines Register

September 27, 2018

By Lee Rood

A U.S. cardinal at the center of the Vatican’s response to the sex abuse crisis besetting the Catholic church is being accused this month by clergy abuse survivors of mishandling cases in Iowa and Texas.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, led a delegation of Catholic leaders this month to meet with Pope Francis about the crisis.

In public remarks, DiNardo blamed the “moral catastrophe” on “the failure of episcopal leadership.”

“The result was that scores of beloved children of God were abandoned to face an abuse of power alone,” DiNardo wrote.

But one Iowa abuse survivor told Reader’s Watchdog that DiNardo is guilty of the same leadership failures.

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