May 21, 2006

Spokesman says diocese is not responsible for defrocked priest


BELLEVILLE, Ill. A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville says a defrocked priest who has admitted to molesting children and lives in a religious order's retirement home is not the responsibility of the bishop of Belleville.

The diocesan vicar general, the Reverend Jack McEvilly, says that despite a priest sexual abuse policy of zero tolerance, religious orders are not bound by the agreement.

Apparently without the knowledge of then-Bishop Wilton Gregory, the Reverend Real Bourque (RAY'-al BORK), was transferred four years ago to the St. Henry Oblate Retirement Home in Belleville.

Posted by kshaw at May 21, 2006 06:24 AM