Brooklyn's Bishop DiMarzio allegedly molested an altar boy when he was a priest in the 1970s. These are the allegations of the alleged victim. New York's Cardinal Dolan has launched investigation into the matter.
New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan has launched an abuse investigation into Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, 75. The Archdiocese of New York made the announcement over the weekend. DiMarzio is accused of abusing an altar boy multiple times while he was a priest in the 1970s, according to U.S. media reports. According to the information, the alleged victim's lawyer is preparing a $20 million lawsuit. DiMarzio strongly denies the allegations.
Investigation after "Vos estis lux mundi"
The Archdiocese of New York announced that the investigation, led by Cardinal Dolan, will be based on the papal letter "Vos estis lux mundi". Pope Francis had tightened canon law standards against clergy sexual abuse with decree in May. The Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has now instructed Dolan to open an appropriate investigation against DiMarzio, it said. Earlier, Dolan informed the Holy See of allegations against the Brooklyn bishop that had been circulating for months.
DiMarzio is the second bishop in the United States against whom the new rules are being applied. The first to be affected was Michael Hoeppner (70), Bishop of Crookston, in September. This one is accused of abuse cover-up.
Ex-abuse investigator DiMarzio
The DiMarzio case is piquant not least because the cleric recently served as an abuse investigator himself. He was appointed last year to conduct an investigation in the Buffalo diocese, where Bishop Richard Malone, 73, eventually resigned in December. Malone has been criticized for a lax approach to abuse investigations.