September 18, 2014
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - A U.S. group that tracks clergy abuse is calling on Pope Francis to apologize for the Argentine church's protection of two priests convicted of abusing children.
The Bishop Accountability group cites the case of Father Julio Cesar Grassi, who ran the "Happy Children" foundation and was convicted of pedophilia in 2008, and Father Napoleon Sasso, convicted in 2007 of abusing girls at a soup kitchen where the church moved him after he got into trouble for alleged pedophilia in a remote province.
Victims' attorney Ernesto Moreau says that as Argentina's cardinal Jorge Bergoglio refused to meet with his clients, instead spending church money on a report supporting Grassi, who's now free on appeal.
Bishop Accountability co-director Anne Doyle wants Francis to apologize, and publicly identify priests who are "credibly accused."
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