One of the seven had previously been sued for abuse in the Los Angeles archdiocese. They are not allowed to practice their ministries.
Catholic sex abuse cases
After almost a year of investigation, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith concluded that Bishop Cristian Contreras Molina of San Felipe was innocent of the child abuse accusations made against him.
Through a statement, the diocese of San Felipe said that "the Vatican has concluded that those accusations were not true and has established the absence of incriminatory evidence."
The district attorney's office also closed its investigation regarding the case, the statement said, adding that the bishop had cooperated with both investigations.
Catholics must "hold each other accountable for any actions or decisions," one speaker at the USCCB meeting said, but there was no discussion on who would look for that accountability.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said in a deposition he was uncertain that abuse of a child by a priest was a crime when he was in the Twin Cities archdiocese.
Saying church officials must be held accountable for child sexual abuse, Chris Naples, an abuse victim, has filed suit against the Trenton, N.J., diocese.
A former top official on two separate occasions advised St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt to resign in response to accusations of mishandled clergy sex abuse allegations. While Nienstedt has not done so, Fr. Peter Laird heeded his own counsel.
NCR Today: Crucial moment for Francis to undo wrongs; insurance company files suit against diocese; Australian commission releases report on sex abuse cases
“A zero tolerance approach must be adopted,” Pope Francis said on the airplane flying back from the Holy Land. But will the Vatican really face the crisis of clergy sexual abuse?
We say: The scandal of this crisis is not only the actions of individual priests but with church structures that allowed bishops, chancery personnel to hide crimes and ignore victims.
Opinion: Survivors who meet with Pope Francis should be supported. It is an act of great courage and no victim should be forced or guilted out of it.