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Bishop John Barres supports investigation into abuse cover-up by Pope Francis

August 29, 2018 - 8:40 am

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- The leader of the Catholic Church on Long Island is supporting the call for an investigation of Pope Francis.

Bishop John Barres said it is time to answer charges that Francis knew about accusations of sexual abuse by the former Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, a leader of the Church in Washington and Newark.

McCarrick resigned as a cardinal in July and was ordered by Francis to conduct a "life of prayer and penance” before a church trial is held. He became the first cardinal to resign over allegations of sexual abuse.

Barres himself has faced questions about the handling of abuse charges. A grand jury report in Pennsylvania said Barres mishandled two cases involving allegations against clergy there.

The bishop has denied the charges brought against him.

Though, Barres explained in a written statement that he wants the Vatican to provide “decisive answers” to the allegations brought against the pope.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was the first to suggest an investigation of Francis.

The bishops are also demanding an overhaul of the abuse reporting system in the U.S. Church.