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Vatican mishandled case of priest-suspect in Washington, expert says

September 28, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: Father Hans Zollner, a member of the special papal commission on abuse, said that the Vatican erred by failing to explain the decision to recall a cleric serving in the apostolic nunciature in Washington after he was accused of child pornography. It was “unprofessional” to handle the situation quietly, said Father Zollner; the Vatican should have been “up-front” about the charges against the priest, to avoid the perception of a cover-up. “A situation has been created that’s bad for all parties,” he said.

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