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updated Arizona Republic story on Bishop O'Brien

By Jeff (articles ) | Jun 02, 2003

The paper has updated its article following a press conference by the DA. Some excerpts:

"I do believe there was sufficient evidence to indict Bishop Thomas O'Brien for obstruction of justice," Romley said. The penalty, on conviction, would have been probation to 2.5-year prison sentence, plus possibly a fine.

O'Brien did want to resign, and went to the Papal Nuncio in Washington, D.C. But he would likely have remained bishop even if charges were brought, Romley said, adding that he chose to reach and agreement with O'Brien and the Diocese of Phoenix instead of pursuing the prosecution of the bishop....

The Vatican refused to allow O'Brien to step down, the sources said, for fear that such a move would create the impression the church was yielding to pressure from civil authorities and disgruntled faithful.

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