May 16, 2006

DIOCESE: PRIEST'S DEPARTURE NOT RELATED TO ABUSE

JOLIET (IL)
The Herald News

By Joe Hosey
staff writer

The Joliet Diocese still will not disclose what the mysterious "stress" and "accusations" were that drove the pastor of St. Joseph Church to resign from his parish but they insist they have nothing to do with sex.

The Rev. James Radek announced he was ending his nearly four-year tenure at St. Joseph with statements read at the Mother's Day weekend Masses.

The statement explained that Radek, 42, resigned due to "stress, accusations and the conflicts of recent times."

But none of this has anything to do with any sexual dalliances, said Thomas Kerber, spokesman for the diocese.

"The accusations mentioned in the statement read at Sunday Masses referred only to some internal parish matters," Kerber said. "There are no allegations of sexual misconduct."

Posted by kshaw at May 16, 2006 06:45 AM