Senior Canon Lawyer at Vatican ‘Credibly Accused’ of Sex Abuse, Removed from Ministry

The Deacon's Bench | 2/15/2019 | Staff
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Pope Francis has got a real mess on his hands.

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In just a few days he will gather the presidents of the all the world’s episcopal conferences in Rome to make them understand there must be “zero tolerance” for priests who sexually abuse minors. But on the eve of this important meeting, yet another long-serving Vatican official has been revealed as a perpetrator.

Msgr. Joseph Punderson, who has worked at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura since 1993 and its Defender of the Bond (DOB) since 1995, is expected to end three decades of service in Rome after his New Jersey diocese listed him among those “credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor.”


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