Catholic Diocese of Peoria says church is held to account for leaders looking the other way in sex abuse case


November 11, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria, covering much of central Illinois, is weighing in on the Vatican’s report showing bishops, cardinals, and popes downplayed or dismissed multiple reports of sexual misconduct by former Washington, D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The two-year investigation culminated in the release Tuesday of a 449-page report showing among other things that Pope John Paul II knew about the sexual abuse allegations, but allowed McCarrick’s promotion anyway.

The investigation determined Pope Francis merely continued his predecessors’ handling of the case until a former alter boy alleged abuse.

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