The Vatican will be investigating a Brooklyn bishop regarding clergy abuse allegations filed against him. Initially, in October 2019, Pope Francis recruited the bishop to oversee the clergy abuse investigation of the Buffalo Diocese in Buffalo, New York, and how it was being handled. In November 2019, however, church leaders were notified that an abuse survivor would be filing a claim against the bishop that alleges that he molested the individual back in the mid-1970s while the bishop served as a priest in New Jersey. The Archdiocese of New York reported that Cardinal Timothy Dolan was directed in early January 2020 to begin an investigation into the allegations against the Brooklyn bishop.
Even esteemed and seemingly trustworthy church leaders may be culpable of serious claims of abuse by survivors as evidenced in the credible accusations filed against Cardinal Timothy McCarrick who acted as one of the most highly regarded leaders in the Roman Catholic church. In February 2019, the Vatican officially defrocked him from his duties as a cardinal and clergy member due to multiple accusations of sexual misconduct that have trailed him since the 1970s. As more claims of abuse surface against McCarrick and other high-ranking clergy members, it becomes apparent that the church may have failed to stop the abuse before it became rampant and hurt the many survivors who endured it.
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