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After learning of the federal investigation, Bishop DiLorenzo and two other bishops issued an April 29 letter to the nation’s 350 Catholic bishops detailing the botched management decisions that led to the abortion.

“He wrote the letter with the intent that word was going to get out and they should be notified of the circumstances,” Mr. Neill said.

Four CCR employees were fired over the incident, and one USCCB official who worked with its office of Migration and Refugee Services was suspended.

“They were so caught up with the plight of the young girl who already had a child,” Mr. Neill said. “She was not a Catholic. She got pregnant by her boyfriend, and she was determined not to have the baby.”

The unnamed girl had been implanted with a contraceptive device provided by CCR two months earlier, according to the April 29 letter. Catholic doctrine condemns deliberate abortion and the use of contraception as mortal sins. Those who obtain an abortion or help someone else to do so can be excommunicated.

In this case, it was a volunteer, not CCR staff, who drove the girl to the abortion clinic, Mr. Neill said. CCR staff will be having “ongoing formation and education” regarding church teaching on the matter, he added.

The USCCB has refused to comment. A spokeswoman said the matter was a “personnel issue.”

Additional comments by Bishop DiLorenzo are slated for release Monday in the diocesan newspaper at www.catholicvirginian.org.