May 17, 2006


The Herald News

By Joe Hosey
staff writer

ROMEOVILLE The Diocese of Joliet's first new bishop in nearly 27 years is tackling his job with an open mind.

"Do I come here with a mission or an agenda? Not at all," said Bishop James Peter Sartain, the successor of outgoing Bishop Joseph Imesch.

"I have much to learn," Sartain said. ...

Sartain said he hopes to "continue in earnest the healing already begun here and needed so badly throughout our country following the scourge of sexual abuse by some clergy and others acting in the name of the church."

He said there were no credible cases reported in his former diocese after a 2004 comprehensive investigation and report of the previous 54 years. That report found 11 of the 500 priests working in the diocese during that time had been accused of sexual abuse of a minor, he said.

Posted by kshaw at May 17, 2006 06:10 AM