After the judge in the Priest Abuse Case was forced to resign, the Vatican’s chief prosecutor said that the church should apologize to victims and families of priests.
The Vatican’s top prosecutor, Francesco Cossi, told the Associated Press on Friday that he was resigning his position because of a “failure in leadership” at the Vatican.
He said that while he would continue to work on the case, he would be retiring from his post at the end of the year.
“I think it is important that I am resigning because the problems we have seen today, particularly at the highest levels of the church, are due to lack of leadership,” he said.
“Because this is the kind of leadership that needs to be replaced.”
Cossi was the first official to publicly condemn the Vatican for covering up a priest who was accused of abusing children in the 1980s.
The Pope’s office said in January that he had spoken with Cossio to “reopen the investigation.”
In a statement to the AP, the Archdiocese of New York said that Cossia’s resignation was “a step in the right direction” and that the office was “fully cooperating with the court’s efforts to hold accountable those responsible.”
Cosenza was charged in March 2017 with three counts of sexually abusing five boys between the ages of 12 and 17, including one who died.
He was later sentenced to 20 years in prison.
In a letter to his supporters in November 2017, Cossis said he had “never committed a crime.”