Cincinnati Auxiliary Bishop Should Be Removed from USCCB Committee
Vatican officials may be investigating Cincinnati’s top Catholic official, but regardless of what Vatican officials do, we believe church officials in the US should act now to remove one of Cincinnati’s bishops from a key national committee.
Assistant Cincinnati Bishop Joe Binzer has a seat on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’s (USCCB) abuse committee. He should not be serving on this committee in any capacity unless it is to be an example of what not to do. For at least six years, Bishop Binzer minimized and ignored allegations made against Fr. Geoff Drew, taking no disciplinary action against the priest despite the fact that he had been the subject of multiple complaints.
In fact, Bishop Binzer has been called out by law enforcement officials in Cincinnati for his “absurd” handling of the Drew case. We believe that he should be called out by his brother bishops as well, and immediately removed from this committee. It is clear to us that, based on his handling of abuse cases, Bishop Binzer is not someone who should have a voice in how other church officials handle cases of abuse.
If the USCCB wants this committee to have any semblance of legitimacy, Bishop Binzer should be removed immediately.
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