March 29, 2006

Dead Filipino priest named in Chicago sex abuse

Philippine News

Ted Regencia, Mar 29, 2006
CHICAGO, IL – In an effort to stem an ongoing abuse controversy, the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago released on March 21 the result of an investigation, which named 55 diocesan priests who are facing “substantiated allegations” of abuse.

One of them is now deceased Filipino priest Fr. Albert Tanghal

The names of the priests are listed in the archdiocese’s website Details of the allegations, which date as far back as 1950, were not made public.

At the Tuesday press conference, Francis Cardinal George endured sharp questions by the media, and offered his apology, "for the tragedy of allowing children to be in the presence of a priest against whom a current accusation of sexual abuse had been made.” “I am most truly sorry," the cardinal said on TV.

Fr. Tanghal, who was ordained in 1991, was last known to have served St. John Vianney Parish, located in the northwest Chicago suburb of Northlake, and which has a significant number of Filipino churchgoers.

Posted by kshaw at March 29, 2006 07:22 AM