Galveston-Houston Cardinal and U.S. bishops' conference president Daniel DiNardo reportedly did not remove two priests accused of abuse from ministry, according to a media report.
The CBS TV network reports (Tuesday evening local time) DiNardo has taken no action against two priests in his diocese who are credibly accused of sexual abuse against children.
Head of the archdiocese since 2006
In one case, the alleged victim had made allegations against the archdiocese as early as 2002, according to the. The latter had promised to send the accused to therapy. In fact, the priest had remained in active ministry. DiNardo has led the archdiocese since 2006.
The CBS report is based on the inspection of court documents. In the process, another case of alleged child abuse had been discovered. According to the story, a then-twelve-year-old had accused another priest by affidavit of sexually abusing him in the 1970s. The lawyers of the archdiocese argue that the physical description does not fit the accused at all. Moreover, the case had already been settled out of court and the statute of limitations had been exceeded.
Full list about all suspected priests
According to its own information, CBS News has spoken to more than 20 people who would know of accusations against priests in Galveston-Houston. None of them, however, had been contacted by church authorities about the cases.
In October, the Justice Department in Washington called on U.S. Catholic dioceses to make available all church documents related to allegations of abuse in order to launch a nationwide investigation. Cardinal DiNardo announced that in January he would publish a complete list of all credibly suspected priests. To CBS, he said the U.S. church of the '70s and '80s was radically different from today's.