by Karly Sacco
The Diocese of Joliet has agreed to settle claims for $4,187,500 brought by fifteen individuals who were allegedly sexually abused by six priests and one teacher around 25 to 45 years ago, According to a press release from the Diocese of Joliet website.
The names of the priests who have served within the Diocese of Joliet and that have allegations of sexual abuse of minor are listed on the website.
The priests allegedly preyed upon young boys spanning Will and DuPage County parishes from the 1960s to 1980s, according to the Joliet Patch.
None of the accused perpetrators serve at the Diocese of Joliet anymore.
In an article released by the Joliet Patch they stated that, the accused priests were actively involved in diocese parishes such as St. Boniface Catholic Church in Monee), St. Mary Nativity School in Joliet, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bolingbrook, St. Charles Borremeo Seminary in Joliet, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lombard and St. Dominic Catholic Church in Bolingbrook.
According to a press release from the Diocese of Joliet website the Director of Child and Youth Protection at Diocese of Joliet, Molly Fara expressed, “We have great sympathy and pray for victims of abuse and hope that in time, healing can begin to take place.”
The Diocese of Joliet is working to ensure the safety of children and youth and is encouraging all victims of childhood sexual abuse to come forward, regardless of when the abuse took place.
According to a pressed release from the Diocese of Joliet website, they have been reporting and will report any allegations to appropriate authorizes (such as Department of Children and Family Services) or to law enforcement to begin criminal or civil investigation, as soon as an allegation is received. The accused perpetrator will then be removed from active service immediately within the Diocese until further notice.
For more information visit dioceseofjoliet.org for updates.
The Candor reached out to the Marketing Department of the Diocese of Joliet. There were no comments available.