- Jul 15, 2020
On Thursday the Vatican announced that Bishop Joseph Binzer of Cincinnati, who faces allegations of failure to report the suspicious behavior of a priest removed from ministry, has stepped down from his post.
The suspension of public Masses, the closing of schools and the limiting of public gatherings has helped slow the spread of COVID-19, but it also has resulted in financial and business challenges for churches and schools in the Diocese of Phoenix.
The archbishop of Cincinnati sent a message to a Catholic high school to further explain the decision to oust a gay English teacher who taught at the school for over 20 years.
New concerns about the handling of abuse accusations in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the neighboring Diocese of Covington surfaced last week in an investigative report that aired as a four-part local television series, “Culture of Silence.”
A grand jury returned a nine-count indictment of rape against a Cincinnati archdiocesan priest Aug. 19 for crimes committed when he was a parish music director, prior to ordination.
On July 29, parishioners attended a meeting at St. Ignatius where archdiocesan officials revealed that Father Geoff Drew had allegedly engaged in behavior that violates the archdiocese’s Decree on Child Protection — although no allegations of sexual abuse or criminal activity had been reported at that time.