March 22, 2006

Priest linked to sex abuse was once in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Gazette

Wednesday, March 22, 2006
By Chris Meehan 388-8412

Officials of the Diocese of Kalamazoo said Tuesday they were aware that a substantiated claim of sexual abuse had been lodged against a former priest of the diocese.

Diocesan officials said the Rev. Leonard Bogdan, who served in the diocese from July 1988 until June 2000, is among those priests whose names were released this week by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.

Following an outside audit of how it has mishandled many of the claims of clergy sex abuse, the Chicago diocese released the names of all of its living priests who have been the subject of substantiated accusations of sexual abuse.

In all, the Chicago diocese released 55 names. Bogdan was among 17 priests who had not been named before. Bogdan reportedly now lives in Arizona.

Brent King, communications director for the local diocese, said the claim of sexual abuse was made against Bogdan in Chicago before he moved to this diocese.

Posted by kshaw at March 22, 2006 04:04 PM