March 09, 2006

Seminary off-limits to high school walkathon

Chicago Tribune

Published March 9, 2006

A Roman Catholic high school in Mundelein has been ordered to redraw the 6-mile route of its annual walkathon in April because it traditionally takes place on a seminary campus that is home to at least a dozen priests accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

For the first time in 15 years, the Archdiocese of Chicago will not allow students from Carmel Catholic High School to hold its fundraiser at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, located across the street. Church officials said they did not want the school to be the target of "unwelcome attention."

"There's always a safety concern," said archdiocesan spokesman Jim Dwyer. "Realistically we feel we've answered that question by having the monitoring program we have up there."

Sister Mary Frances McLaughlin, president of the school, said the seminary campus is generally off-limits to students and they are never on the grounds for school-sanctioned events without supervision.

Posted by kshaw at March 9, 2006 07:50 AM