February 06, 2005

Mystery surrounds case of ex-bishop


Sunday, February 06, 2005

Nearly a year after the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre resigned as bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has struggled through chaos, challenges and controversy.

While the Most Rev. Timothy A. McDonnell has shepherded the diocese through many changes since being installed as bishop last April 1, some questions remain unanswered.

Dupre's whereabouts remain a mystery as do the results of a Vatican investigation into allegations that he abused two minors when he was a parish priest.

Dupre's resignation at 70 was announced Feb. 11 - a day after he was confronted by The Republican with allegations that he sexually abused two boys decades earlier when he was a parish priest.

Dupre became the first U.S. bishop indicted on sexual abuse charges when a Hampden County grand jury handed down two indictments of rape against him in September.

Posted by kshaw at February 6, 2005 05:12 AM