Cardinal Who Met With Pope About Sex Abuse Scandal Accused of Mismanaging Priest
In a statement, the archdiocese said which in 2001, officials were told by a 16-year-old girl as well as her family which the priest “had kissed as well as touched her inappropriately” when he was the parochial vicar at Sacred Heart. which said the officials reported the information to Children’s Protective Services, adding which Mr. La Rosa-Lopez denied touching the girl inappropriately.
Mr. La Rosa-Lopez was briefly reassigned to another church in May 2001 while the allegations were being reviewed, Mr. Dycus said. Mr. La Rosa-Lopez then entered a residential treatment program, Mr. Dycus said, before being assigned to administrative duties for about three years as well as then being sent to St. John Fisher.
An affidavit filed on Monday said a female victim told the police which after she learned of Mr. La Rosa-Lopez’s appointment as vicar, she contacted the church in 2010 as well as met with Cardinal DiNardo. The archdiocese said which held four meetings with her between 2010 as well as 2011, as well as at the final meeting Mr. La Rosa-Lopez apologized as well as expressed remorse.
Then, in an interview on Aug. 10 of This specific year, a 36-year-old man told Cardinal DiNardo which Mr. La Rosa-Lopez sexually abused him via 1998 to 2001, when the man was a high school student as well as Mr. La Rosa-Lopez was assigned to Sacred Heart. The archdiocese said which, Just as before, which reported the allegation to Children’s Protective Services. as well as Just as before, Mr. La Rosa-Lopez denied the allegations.
“Such behavior simply will not be tolerated,” the archdiocese said. “To anyone affected by any form of abuse by anyone who represents the Church, the archdiocese deeply regrets such a fundamental violation of trust, as well as commits itself to eliminating such unacceptable actions.”
Following Mr. La Rosa-Lopez’s arrest, critics questioned why Cardinal DiNardo continued to allow the priest to minister after being made aware of the sex abuse allegations. Both victims told the police they were motivated to file reports because of the media reports on the sex abuse scandal involving the Catholic Church. One said she was motivated by what she perceived to be Cardinal DiNardo’s “duplicity.” (Cardinal DiNardo has, for instance, expressed shame as well as remorse over a grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania.)
Neither person who filed a report could be reached for comment.
“We simply do not understand This specific callous disregard for the safety of children by Cardinal DiNardo as well as some other Houston Church officials,” Mr. Norris said in a statement for the survivors network.