Released church documents name priests in abuse investigation

Released church documents name priests in abuse investigation
by Sean Lewis

From the link

An Illinois court has ordered the release of church documents related to  sexual abuse investigations.

The name of 15 more priests, who worked in the Joliet Diocese from the 1930s  through 2006 were released today.  All of them, according to church  documents, had credible accusations of abuse throughout their career.   Many  of them continued in their pastoral duties after allegations came to  light,  sometimes being transferred from church to church through the Joliet  Diocese.

Of the 15 priests named today, five of them are now dead.  The 10 others  have been removed from ministry roles.

In his order, Judge Michael Powers said there is a compelling public interest  to protect children from being sexually exploited and abused and that any  privacy rights of individual priests must yield to the state’s public interest  to protect children.

In a statement released today, the current head of the Joliet Diocese, Bishop  Daniel Conlon, who was appointed in 2011, said in part,

“The tragic history of child abuse in the Diocese of Joliet has unfolded  publicly over a long period. No human action, really, can fix the past. My  focus  is on the future, trying to do everything in my power to assure that the  children of this diocese are safe.”

The attorneys who pushed for the release of these church files tell WGN that  having these documents out in the open not only will shed light on the inner  workings of the church but let’s those abused know they aren’t  alone.

The Named Priests

  1. Father Salvatore Formusa
  2. Father Leonardo Mateo
  3. Father Donald Pock
  4. Father James Fredrick
  5. Father John Slown
  6. Father Carroll Howlin
  7. Father Donald O’Conner
  8. Father James Burnett
  9. Father Michael Gibney
  10. Father Fredrick Lenczycki
  11. Father Philip Dedera
  12. Father Anthony Ross
  13. Father Lawrence Gibbs
  14. Father William Virtue
  15. Father Lawrence Mullins



About victimsofrapebythercc

The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on March 13, 2013, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I served mass under Father Phillip Dedera for years. Never once did I feel threatened or intimidated. He is a priest of strong faith as far as I am concerned and would defend him in any way possible.

    • Well Andrew, you may stand up for him and defend him any way possible, but facts are facts. He was accused, credible evidence against him was found and he was removed rrom the ministry because of it. So go ahead and stand up for a priest who was fired for raping a child. That is your choice.

      Once, 43-year-old Tim Greco says, he was in a shower with the Rev. Philip Dedera in the rectory at St. Pius X Church in Lombard when the Rev. Richard Bennett walked in and discovered the priest and boy naked together. Greco says Dedera repeatedly abused him for more than a year, and that Bennett molested him once.

      Dedera was removed from ministry by Joliet Bishop Joseph Imesch in 2002 amid reports that he sexually abused other boys.

      Greco says he reported the incidents to the diocese in 2004, and recalls a phone conversation he had with Imesch two years ago.

      “He said, ‘What do you want from me, some counseling?'” Greco said Thursday.

      “He asked me if I had brought it upon myself,” or somehow encouraged the priest to have sex with the prepubescent boy.

      Dedera, who also was named in the lawsuit, was removed from ministry in 2002 because of a credible allegation made against him, the statement says.

  2. I also suppose Andrew you will defend this statement made by a priest in the Joilet Diocese too?

    “I don’t have much sympathy for people who somehow couldn’t stop whatever happened,” Richard Ross told the Joliet Herald-News. “I’ll take all of these people who were abused, and I’ll abuse them with a baseball bat. You can quote me on that.”

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