Philly diocese's sex-abuse chair blasts cardinal

May 13, 2011 - 12:44 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A professor named by the Philadelphia Archdiocese to serve on a priest-abuse review board is blasting Cardinal Justin Rigali (rih-GAH'-lee).

Nursing professor Ana Maria Catanzaro writes this month that Rigali and his bishops "failed miserably at being open and transparent."

A grand jury this year criticized the panel and church officials for leaving dozens of problem priests in ministry.

But Catanzaro writes in the Catholic magazine Commonweal that the lay board never saw most of those cases. She says the archdiocese pre-screened them.

She also says the panel never saw psychological files that might show patterns of inappropriate behavior.

The grand jury has charged three priests and a teacher with rape, and a monsignor with endangering children through priest transfers.

The archdiocese did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press for comment.