February 02, 2006

South Holland priest accused of abuse

The Times

Medill News Service

This story ran on nwitimes.com on Thursday, February 2, 2006 12:13 AM CST

The Archdiocese of Chicago on Wednesday announced that it has removed another priest from the ministry pending an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct that took place over 35 years ago.

Church officials said they would reveal the priest's identity Sunday to those churches where the priest served as pastor.

But attorney Jeff Anderson said he represents two women who claim the Rev. Joseph Bennett, who has been at Holy Ghost Church in South Holland, abused them more than 35 years ago. As of Wednesday, a lawsuit had not been filed by those women.

According to a list of Bennett's assignments as a priest, Bennett was ordained as a priest in 1966 and has served at Holy Ghost Church since 1998.

Neither Bennett or church officials could be reached for comment late Wednesday.

Posted by kshaw at February 2, 2006 06:37 AM