February 08, 2006

Pastor questions handling of allegations


By Leah Hope
February 7, 2006 - An influential pastor, Father William Kenneally, is raising questions about how Cardinal Francis George handled the recent sex abuse charges against a Chicago priest.

Father Kenneally regularly holds forums to discuss issues or concerns of parishioners. He says he's seen increasing concern about allegations against area priests as well as criticism for Chicago's archbishop. As Father Kenneally prepares to retire, he hopes to start a discussion that leads toward resolution.
The pain felt by parishioners at St. Gertrude's is shared by many area Catholics after years of accusations of sexual abuse by priests. That pain was among the topics of Sunday's mass. St. Gertrude's pastor said anyone who had disregarded new rules designed to protect children should resign.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2006 08:40 AM