Priest arrested in diocese of US cardinal leading pope visit

HOUSTON (AP) — As U.S. Catholic leaders head to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis about a growing church abuse crisis, the cardinal leading the delegation has been accused by two people of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on sexual abuse charges.

Two people tell The Associated Press that they met with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, one in August and the other several years ago. One of them says she was promised that the priest would be removed from any contact with children, only to discover that the priest remained in active ministry at another parish 70 miles away.

The priest, Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, was arrested Tuesday by police in Conroe, Texas and charged with indecency with a child.

The archdiocese issued a statement Wednesday confirming that both people had come forward to report abuse by LaRosa-Lopez, one of them in 2001.

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