PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Roman Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia who retired amid a scandal over clergy sex abuse is returning to the city for the pope’s visit.
A spokesman for Cardinal Justin Rigali says he’ll join other U.S. bishops for several events related to Pope Francis’ U.S. trip. The trip starts Tuesday and will include the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
Rigali retired to the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2011 months after a grand jury accused the archdiocese of sheltering more than three dozen credibly accused priests and lying about it to victims and others. Rigali pledged to review the priests’ cases and work with authorities.
The same grand jury indicted the archdiocese’s former supervisor of clergy, who was convicted of child endangerment for failing to stop abusers.
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