BALTIMORE, M.D. - America’s Catholic Bishops, the most powerful members of the US Church will gather in Baltimore starting Monday. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops will meet for three days.
At the top of their agenda, the very same problem gripping the Buffalo Diocese, sexual abuse committed by priests.
The Catholic News Service describes the problem nationally as a “firestorm”.
And the president of the conference, Cardinal David DiNardo is slated to address the crisis in remarks to open the gathering Monday morning. Much of the conversation of the gathering is expected to be on this problem which again reared its head in Washington DC last week.
DC Metro Police announced the arrest of a priest, 46-year-old Capuchin Friar Urbano Vazquez on a charge of second-degree child abuse. Maximum penalty for a conviction is 10 years.
Vazquez is accused of putting his hand down the shirt of a 13-year-old girl. This incident happening in 2015, but the Washington Diocese only became aware of it in late October. It was the diocese that informed police.
Since Vazquez’ arrest, four other alleged victims have come forward telling similar stories.
It is this problem which has caused catholics in Buffalo and around the country to question church leaders.
2 On Your Side is in Baltimore to cover this important gathering and will have reports starting Monday at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.