Philadelphia victims advocates ask pope for probe
Philadelphia — Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse are asking Pope Francis to investigate the child protection records of the former archbishop of Philadelphia and another cardinal.
The advocates said Wednesday they want the pope to look at Cardinal Justin Rigali, who was archbishop of Philadelphia from 2003 to 2011. Rigali retired amid an uproar over grand jury allegations that he was keeping about three dozen suspected abusers in ministry.
The advocates also want a review of Cardinal Raymond Burke, who led the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Critics say he used such a strict standard to evaluate abuse claims that he left dangerous priests in ministry.
Francis arrives in the U.S. next Tuesday and will visit Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27.