After New Revelations from CBS, Cardinal DiNardo Must Resign

Another media investigation has added more evidence that the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is unfit for his role. The new report alleges that the Cardinal mishandled claims of sexual abuse against priests under his purview in two additional cases. We believe that he should resign his post immediately.

Despite his tough talk on cases of clergy sex abuse, it is becoming more and more apparent that Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is saying one thing and doing another. We have known for months about his mishandling of the Fr. Manuel LaRosa-Lopez case in Texas, and two weeks ago the AP uncovered evidence that Cardinal DiNardo – while the bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City, IA – had kept secret the crimes of a serially abusive priest. Now CBS has shed light on two more cases where Cardinal DiNardo kept priests in ministry despite multiple allegations of abuse against them.

In our opinion, Cardinal DiNardo is clearly unfit the lead the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, especially given this watershed moment in the clergy sex abuse crisis. If the Cardinal cannot be counted on to properly handle claims that occur in dioceses under his purview, how can he be trusted to lead the entirety of the American catholic church through this crisis?

As the Catholic Church is again publicly grappling with the reality and severity of the clergy abuse crisis, the Church will need a real leader if their attempts at reform are to be taken seriously. This new report, taken together with the previous information about Cardinal DiNardo’s failure to handle cases properly, should be enough for any bishop who is serious about getting to the bottom of this crisis to demand his immediate resignation.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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