April 28, 2006

Suit: Bishop dismissed abuse claim

Chicago Sun-Times

April 28, 2006


A former altar boy and student at Lombard's St. Pius X parish Thursday accused two priests who worked at the Roman Catholic church of molesting him in the mid-1970s, and blamed Joliet Bishop Joseph Imesch for dimissing the actions of one of the alleged abusers.

Tim Greco said he only got the courage to speak out against the Rev. Phillip Dedera and the Rev. Richard Bennett because he has been sober for several years after a nearly three-decade battle with alcohol, and because his son recently turned 11 -- the same age that Greco says the sexual abuse began.

"It just destroys me to know that there's men out there that could do this to children," the married, Arizona-based owner of a home-theater business said through tears. "I can't let it happen to my son or anybody else's children."

Posted by kshaw at April 28, 2006 07:52 AM