Church leaders urge inquiry led by lay persons into abuse claims against archbishop
WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholic Church leaders have been calling for an internal investigation into the handling of allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick and urging such an inquiry be spearheaded by laypeople.
“I think we have reached a point where bishops alone investigating bishops is not the answer. To have credibility, a panel would have to be separated from any source of power whose trustworthiness might potentially be compromised,” said Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany, New York.
In an Aug. 6 statement, the bishop said he was “heartened by my brother bishops proposing ways for our