- Nov 27, 2020
Cardinal John Dew of Wellington has asked for an independent investigator to determine whether the late bishop of Dunedin took proper action when he received complaints of sexual abuse.
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a New Zealand bishop Friday over what church officials said was “completely unacceptable” sexual behavior with a young woman.
A New Zealand cardinal told a conference on the future of parishes in Ireland that his diocese benefited from the appointment of church workers known as lay pastoral leaders who exercise many functions that normally would be the responsibility of a parish priest.
Cardinal John Dew of New Zealand said the bishops of the country “humbly acknowledge our shortcomings” after a new survey of religion in the island nation says only a third of the country identifies as Christian, down from 43 percent in 2013, and 49 percent in 2006.