Former St. Louis Archbishop Addresses Priest Abuse Scandal In Philadelphia
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Justin Rigali, the former Archbishop of St. Louis and now Cardinal of Philadelphia says the arrests of three Catholic priests and a monsignor there bring “great sadness and distress to every Catholic, every person.”
Cardinal Rigali released the video message Saturday, two days after Philadelphia’s district attorney announced charges against three priests, a parochial school teacher and Monsignor William Lynn. Lynn was secretary of the clergy and a top official in the Philadelphia Archdiocese from 1992 to 2004.
The three priests and teacher were charged with raping boys. Lynn was accused of endangering children, not molesting them. Lynn’s attorney has said he doesn’t concede for a moment that he knew he was putting children at risk.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia website says Cardinal Rigali has retained the services of a consultant to advise him on how to best address the needs of victims of sexual abuse. Rigali also has created a new position to immediately report to civil authorities allegations of abuse and to oversee the Archdiocesan investigation. The Cardinal also has hired a psychologist to ensure priests in the active ministry comply with the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.
The video can be found here.
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