April 07, 2006

Lawsuit alleges sex abuse by priest

Chicago Tribune

By Margaret Ramirez
Tribune religion reporter
Published April 7, 2006

A 31-year-old man filed a $300,000 civil lawsuit Thursday against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, alleging a priest sexually abused him as a teen and church officials transferred the cleric between churches to conceal a pattern of abuse.

The complaint said Robert Craig abused the plaintiff, who was not identified, from 1987 to 1990 when he was 13 to 16 years old. Craig was placed on administrative leave in 1990 after then-Cardinal Joseph Bernardin found reasonable cause to suspect the priest had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor, said archdiocese spokeswoman Colleen Dolan.

Craig resigned from the priesthood in 1993. He had been ordained in 197 4 and worked in several Chicago parishes, including St. Aloysius, All Saints-St. Anthony, St. Ann and St. Mark.

Posted by kshaw at April 7, 2006 06:06 AM