February 06, 2006

Parish deals with unwanted attention

The Times

Times Correspondent

This story ran on nwitimes.com on Monday, February 6, 2006 12:04 AM CST

SOUTH HOLLAND | On their way to Sunday morning Mass, parishioners passed news vans from ABC, NBC and CLTV lining Cottage Grove Avenue in front of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Inside the church, a small table contained literature that provided answers for questions regarding sexual abuse and information on how to discuss the topic with children.

The uncommon situations resulted from Wednesday's announcement that the Archdiocese of Chicago had removed the church's pastor, the Rev. Joseph Bennett, from active ministry.

An investigation is to be conducted in response to allegations that Bennett, 65, abused two girls during a 35-year span while assigned to St. John De La Salle Church in Chicago.

Posted by kshaw at February 6, 2006 07:47 AM