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Petersburg, IL  62675
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Press Release

Contact: Stephen G. Brady

Phone: (217) 632-5920

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4 PM EST, February 17, 2005

 

CATHOLIC WATCHDOG GROUP SAYS SPRINGFIELD BISHOP
“IS OUT OF CONTROL AND CANNOT RUN HIS OWN DIOCESE”

 

The leader of a Catholic watchdog group announced today that the formation of a clergy misconduct review board, while a good idea, would merit “no credibility” if it failed to include his organization on its committee.

Stephen G. Brady, president of the Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc. (RCF) cited RCF’s investigation of former Springfield, IL Bishop Daniel Ryan in his organization’s ability to bring truth to the investigation. “RCF has been the only organization or individual with credibility in investigating Ryan and the clergy of this diocese since 1995,” Brady stated. “While the diocese repeatedly denied allegations against Ryan and belittled and mocked RCF, RCF was proven truthful resulting in [Ryan’s] removal from active ministry.”

Current Springfield Bishop George Lucas announced at a press conference earlier today that he has asked an independent (sic) team of investigators to examine allegations of clergy misconduct in the diocese.  

 

 

In his response to the announcement, Brady stated: “Bishop Lucas seems to be admitting that the problem is out of control and he cannot run his own diocese.” Brady also questioned the propriety of the arrangement. “Who is paying for this work? Does the committee answer only to the Bishop? This Bishop has a history of protecting corrupt priests.”

In addition, Brady cited two of the prominent members named to the board as “wholly improper. First of all, the head of the team is Bill Roberts, who admitted knowing Bishop Lucas and regards him already as a ‘committed man of great conscience’. By his very statement, he betrays an existing bias and should be disqualified. In the case of the second member, Ellen Lynch, she is employed by a local Catholic diocese [Rockford in Illinois]. As such, she as well as any other employee of the Catholic Church demonstrates a conflict of interest and should be immediately disqualified.” Brady, instead, recommended that the team leader be selected by an independent organization, such as the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (www.ilchiefs.org).

Brady suggested that this action by Bishop Lucas “may be nothing more than a pre-emptive strike by the diocese, because the Bishop is aware that I have obtained first-hand testimony from an individual who claims to have engaged in homosexual sex with Lucas.”

 

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