No. 7: Lincoln diocese named in allegations
August was a turbulent month for Lincoln’s Catholic leaders, who faced fire for their mishandling of three priests accused of sexual assault, moral misconduct and an inappropriate relationship with an altar server. The allegations led to a police investigation. They prompted the bishop to remove a priest, apologize for a lack of transparency, convene a review board and address a church full of parishioners in a closed meeting. And they brought uncomfortable scrutiny to a diocese often considered the nation’s most orthodox.