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New Zealand commission rips Church response to abuse charge against bishop

December 16, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: The report from a government investigating commission in New Zealand has questioned the Vatican’s handling of a sex-abuse charge against a bishop.

Bishop Charles Drennan resigned from the Palmerston North diocese in 2019, after a Vatican inquiry into sex-abuse charges. But the commission questioned whether the Vatican is monitoring his activities in retirement. “Real concerns arise about the safety of others when only the Holy See can make certain decisions,” the report said.

The report also quoted Cardinal John Dew of Wellington, New Zealand, who reportedly said of Drennan: “I really don’t know why he is still a bishop.”

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