Wednesday, June 12, 2002


Two-third of bishops who run the 178 mainstream Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States have engaged in some sort of concealment or transfer of priests with histories of sexual abuse, according to the Dallas Morning News.

In a story published today — one day before the start of the bishops' conference — the Morning News looked at a range of situations: a bishop ignoring warning signs or accusations, transferring or continuing to employ in the same job a priest who admitted having a problem.

"In Tucson, the bishop has been facing in recent years several lawsuits and has actually had cases where priests have admitted to him abusing boys and he's kept them on," Pam Maples, projects editor for the Morning News, told ABCNEWS.