The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of all wrongdoing on Saturday, noting that they found “no verifiable evidence” to support sexual misconduct allegations levied against him during his confirmation hearing in September.
On Thursday, the Archdiocese of Baltimore released a statement that said, the pope has instructed Baltimore Archbishop William Lori to “conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults against Bishop Bransfield.”
After Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro unveiled a grand jury report detailing the alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in his state by Catholic priests, law enforcement officials in at least seven other states appear to be launching their own inquiries or reviews of Catholic dioceses.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S., shared on Sunday that he told Pope Francis about accusations of sexual abuse made against a prominent priest in 2013. Vigano reported that despite being told about the accusations, Francis took no action.