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New US Bishop for sex scandal and bankruptcy

Washington - United States Catholic bishops, facing the financial aftermath of a pervasive child sex abuse scandal, elected a president on Monday whose diocese plans to seek bankruptcy protection from dozens of alleged victims.

The new leader, Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, Washington, is the first president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops chosen since the sex scandal surfaced more than two years ago. He follows Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Illinois, whose three-year term ends this week.

Gregory told the opening session of a four-day bishops' meeting in Washington that the clergy sex abuse scandal, which first became widely reported in 2002, remained a central challenge for the US Catholic church.

Calling it "the greatest scandal that the church in the United States perhaps has ever confronted," he said the bishops were committed to a review of policies for dealing with this kind of abuse and its aftermath.

Source IOL News


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