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Pope Francis told reporters May 26 that "three bishops are under investigation" for misdeeds related to the sexual abuse of minors and that "one has already been condemned and his penalty is being studied."
The Pope's statement during the news conference aboard his flight from Israel back to Italy came after he was asked what he would do if a bishop did not observe church norms regarding a moral, and often legal, obligation to report allegations of sexual abuse against a member of the clergy.
While condemning the abuse of children as "an ugly crime" and affirming a policy of "zero tolerance" for abusers, Pope Francis did not clarify whether the three bishops he mentioned were under investigation for their handling of abuse allegations or because they themselves were accused of abuse.
Previously, the Vatican had acknowledged formally investigations against two bishops. In April the Congregation for Bishops sent Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta to Scotland to collect testimony in a case against Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the former archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, who resigned in 2013 after admitting to sexual misconduct.
And in early May testimony before a UN committee, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi confirmed earlier Vatican statements that Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, is the subject of a canonical investigation by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as well as a criminal investigation by the Vatican police and court.
Archbishop Wesolowski was removed from his position last August after he was accused of paying for sex with boys in the Dominican Republic.