US Bishop Cleared Of Absurd Charges



Retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto, 78, of Brooklyn, has been cleared of charges that he "mishandled" an abuse case.

He was vicar general of the Brooklyn diocese from 2013 to 2022. In 2021, he was accused of failing to adequately disclose to a parish that the Rev. Uririoghene Okrokoto was prohibited from contact with minors. As a result, Chappetto was accused of potentially endangering minors.

Reverend Okrokoto had a history of "boundary violations" with teenage girls. After treatment at a mental health facility, he was assigned to a Brooklyn parish in June 2021. Within weeks, Okrokoto was seen at the parish in the company of a teenage girl. He was removed from ministry again in October 2021 and remains suspended.

The Diocese of Brooklyn told (13 May) that the Vatican's Dicastery for Bishops had concluded after an investigation that the allegations against Chappetto were "manifestly unfounded and the case has been closed".

The investigation was conducted by Archbishop Leonard Blair, who retired earlier this month as Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut.

Monsignor Chappetto himself added that “these allegations were untrue, and I am grateful the investigation has determined that.”