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Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, floated a similar proposal at a meeting of U.S bishops last year. But by endorsing it from a Vatican pulpit Friday, he propelled the idea to the forefront of the church's global debate.
The meeting set to begin Thursday could become a defining moment for Francis’ papacy. It marks the first time a pontiff has gathered the religion’s top leaders from around the globe to discuss the issue of sexual abuse.
The allegations against the vast majority of the clergy members named had already been publicly aired. Many were dead. Most of the misconduct described occurred in the 1970s and ‘80s and involved male teenage victims.
The party's chairman urged state and federal authorities “to ensure that there is no fatal ethical taint on Justice Dougherty that would preclude him from carrying out the proper administration of justice in Pennsylvania.”
Sources say the justice, brother of indicted labor leader John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, is “Family Member No. 4” described in the indictment unsealed last week. A spokesman for Kevin Dougherty said he never knowingly accepted any benefits.
Dougherty allegedly bestowed on his relatives home renovations, extravagant meals, lavish birthday parties, and shopping sprees. Three men on the union payroll collectively referred to as “the kids” were portrayed as personal gofers for his family by prosecutors.