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Voice of the Faithful Says Voices Heard with Cardinal Rigali Resignation
Cardinal Justin Rigali’s resignation as archbishop of Philadelphia shows clearly that the Vatican is beginning to hear faithful Catholic voices, according to reform group Voice of the Faithful.
Pope Benedict XVI accepted Rigali’s resignation letter yesterday, July 19, submitted as required last year when he turned 75, several months before he was expected to step down. His successor, Denver archbishop Charles Chaput, was announced during an archdiocesan press conference, also July 19.
“We have long called for bishops to be held accountable for their records on child protection, most recently in Philadelphia,”
Under Rigali, the Philadelphia diocese had failed to remove priests from active ministry after credible allegations of sex abuse, failed to report all the allegations to its own review board and also failed to report credible allegations to civil authorities.
A recent Philadelphia grand jury report on the allegations of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up has led so far to criminal charges of child rape against priests and a Catholic school teacher. Prosecutors also have charged a monsignor in charge of priest assignments with child endangerment for shifting credibly accused priests among parishes, the first time a church official has faced such charges.
“Rigali’s resignation is a triumph for the faithful in Philadelphia and everywhere,”
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About Voice of the Faithful --- Voice of the Faithful is a worldwide movement of concerned mainstream Roman Catholics working to support survivors of clergy sexual abuse, support priests of integrity and shape structural change within the Church. More information is at http://www.votf.org.