Vatican clears Puerto Rico bishop in abuse case - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Vatican clears Puerto Rico bishop in abuse case

Posted:
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The Vatican has found no basis for sexual abuse accusations made against a well-known Puerto Rico bishop.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which takes on such accusations, announced Friday that it had closed the case against Arecibo Bishop Daniel Fernandez.

Fernandez said in a statement that he was satisfied with the decision. He recently announced that he had defrocked six priests accused of sex abuse from his diocese and that the accusations against him were made in revenge.

The attorney for a man who had accused Fernandez of molesting him when he was a child rejected the decision. Attorney Agnes Poventud told El Nuevo Dia newspaper that Vatican officials never interviewed her client.

Poventud did not immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press for comment.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WAOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Chief Engineer Russ Crass at 715-842-2251. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.