Vatican City, Oct 10, 2019 / 03:55 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis accepted Thursday the resignation of Bishop John Jenik as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York and appointed two New York priests as auxiliaries of the archdiocese.
Jenik, 75, was removed from ministry last year after the archdiocese found credible an accusation of sexual abuse against him. The bishop, who has been an auxiliary of New York since 2014, maintains his innocence.
Neither the Vatican nor the Archdiocese of New York have announced the results of a preliminary investigation into the abuse allegations against Jenik, nor did the Vatican make mention of the allegations in the notice accepting his resignation. Bishops customarily submit a letter of resignation to the pope at age 75; Jenik turned 75 in March.
Jenik’s alleged victim, Michael Meenan, 53, said last November that the bishop cultivated an inappropriate relationship with him during the 1980s that involved dozens of trips upstate to Jenik's country house, where Jenik allegedly groped him in bed.
Meenan’s allegation was reviewed by the Lay Review Board of the Archdiocese of New York, which concluded “the evidence is sufficient to find the allegation credible and substantiated.”