The news media in Charlotte and across America have picked up the news that we reported last night: Monsignor West, chancellor of the Charlotte Diocese, has resigned.
The Charlotte Observer reported today that “the second in command of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte has stepped down after a “credible allegation” of sexual misconduct involving a former adult student of Belmont Abbey College.
The Observer, in turn, cites the diocese’s newspaper, the Catholic News Herald, as its source. Read the full article.
WCNC TV interviewed me for its report (above). The written report includes what WCNC calls a "Full Statement from Bishop Peter Jugis" about the resignation. See the video and report.
A quick internet search this afternoon found many more news reports about Monsignor West’s resignation, including:
The New York Times: Monsignor Resigns From Catholic Diocese Amid Sex Allegation. Read the report
The Washington Post: Monsignor resigns from Catholic diocese amid sex allegation. Read the report
WSOC TV: Charlotte Diocese chancellor steps down after 'credible' allegation of sexual misconduct. Read and watch the report
WBTV: Catholic Diocese of Charlotte chancellor steps down after ‘credible’ sexual misconduct allegation. Read and watch the report
I encourage any person who was abused by any priest who served in the Charlotte Diocese to contact the police department in the county in which they were abused.
I strongly discourage anyone from contacting the Charlotte Diocese about their abuse until after the survivor has first contacted the local police and also consulted with an attorney.
Even if the priest is deceased, your reports will help tell the truth about the Charlotte Diocese's sordid history and encourage other survivors of abuse to come forward.
I will be glad to assist you in any way, as well.