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SCRANTON, Penn. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The dioceses of Scranton, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. are both investigating allegations of homosexual misconduct by Msgr. Walter Rossi.
Statement - Wednesday - Diocese - Year - Concerns
In a public statement released Wednesday, the diocese said that about one year ago, "concerns were raised in the public sector regarding Monsignor Walter Rossi," who served in the diocese of Scranton before being appointed rector to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Journalist George Neumayr was the first to expose Rossi in 2018 in a series of American Spectator articles, his reporting vindicated by whistleblower Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, who confirmed that he received complaints as papal nuncio about homosexual predation by Rossi.
Scranton - Diocese - Statement - Concerns - Washington
The Scranton diocese's statement makes clear it has referred initial concerns to the Washington archdiocese, "which investigated certain specific allegations and determined them to be unfounded." The statement continues:
Additional concerns have now surfaced, however, requiring a broadened investigation.
Result - Bishop - Joseph - Bambera - Bishop
As a result, Bishop Joseph Bambera, Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, has commenced the process of launching a full forensic investigation into the concerns that have been raised.
Bishop Bambera has spoken with Archbishop Wilton Gregory and they have agreed that the Diocese of Scranton and Archdiocese of Washington will work jointly and cooperatively on undertaking a comprehensive investigation.
Archbishop - Gregory - Questions - Rossi - Theology
Archbishop Gregory responded to questions about Rossi at a Theology on Tap event Tuesday night.
"My question calls for accountability, which in the past you have committed to," said a male adult at the event, while Gregory looked away and began wiping his bench with a cloth. "Monsignor Walter Rossi has been openly accused of abuse and of aiding other predatory priests in their abuse by multiple sources, including victims in...
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