NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Pope Francis has ordered Cardinal Timothy Dolan to investigate child sex abuse allegations against Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

The claim stems from when DiMarzio was a priest in the archdiocese of Newark in the 1970s.

READ MORE: Suffolk Police: Ganessa Gordon, 18, Reported Missing In Brentwood

DiMarzio has previously denied any inappropriate behavior.

READ MORE: 'Best Small Cities In America': New Jersey Communities Make Top 25

“As directed by Vos Estis, Cardinal Dolan earlier notified the Holy See of the allegation that was raised concerning Bishop DiMarzio from his time as a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark.  On January 7, 2020, the Cardinal received instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that he is to begin an investigation.  As is our practice, the Cardinal will rely on outside professional forensic investigators to assist him in this matter,” New York Archdiocese spokesman Joe Zwilling said in a statement.

On Sunday, a demonstration was held demanding he step down as bishop of Brooklyn while the claim is being investigated.

MORE NEWS: Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Children At Bronx Day Care Since 2018 Arrested

Several advocates and victims of sexual abuse gathered outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral.