February 05, 2006

Services Continue In Backdrop Of Priest Scandal


(CBS) SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. Services continued as normal this morning at a south suburban church, but without its priest, CBS 2’s Chelsea Irving reports.

That has left some parishioners with mixed feelings.

“Very good priest,” said parishioner Leo Olesky. “Now whether the allegations are true or not, I don’t know.”

Rev. Joseph Bennett, pastor at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 700 E. 170th St., in South Holland, is accused of sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl in the late 1960s.

Bennett was put on administrative leave because of the accusations. That abuse was believed to have happened at St. John De LaSalle Church at 102nd Street and King Drive in Chicago.

Posted by kshaw at February 5, 2006 01:01 PM