Bishop Changes Mind on Letting Suspect Priest Minister

Bishop Daniel Conlon said "for the sake of the greater good," the Rev. F. Lee Ryan will not be allowed to return to limited ministry.

Joliet Bishop Daniel Conlon has reversed his decision to allow a priest accused of having a sexual misconduct with a teen in the 1970s to return to ministry, according to a published report.

Last week, Conlon had allowed the Rev. F. Lee Ryan to do limited religious work by ministering to homebound parishioners in Watseka and Crescent City, despite having been removed from the ministry in May 2010 in light of allegations that he had a relationship with a teenage boy 28 years earlier, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Conlon said his decision was based on the fact that the allegation did not meet the criteria of a crime under church law at that time. The ruling stirred a huge amount of controversy, especially in light of Conlon's earlier statement that the church's credibility was "shredded" because of how the chuch sex abuse scandal has been handled.

“Subsequent discussions that have occurred since that decision have highlighted that any action needs to fulfill the larger need of the Church to confront the scandal of child abuse in its midst and work to diligently restore trust,” Conlon said in a statement, which was cited in the Tribune story.

“For the sake of the greater good of the Church, I have decided to revoke my earlier permission and once again place Fr. Ryan on full administrative leave.”

The victim, now 52, told the Tribune that he and Ryan's alleged relationship began when he was 14, became sexual and lasted more than a year.

John Roberts September 19, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Religion is a bunch of bull,it is designed so people can run around here on earth acting like jackasses and then asking for forgiveness before they die.Thinking this is going to justify their actions.through out time it has been proven powerful and weak disturbing people have hidden behind their religion.Seems like forever nothing but a bunch of religious nuts have been running around this earth destroying it and the mankind that lives on it forever. I guess that's who we are we believe in things we can not see to the point of devoting our whole lives to the belief but do not believe the things we see.
John Roberts September 19, 2012 at 09:44 AM
Under church law?....yeah your laws have done nothing but show that you conceal pedophiles.....we the people are tired of you and the governments bullcrap laws that allow you sick people to hide behind.Only people that will protect this guy or others like him are others that have either committed on their own or knew about what has happened...Remember this is all done just to protect the sacredness of religion..lol..like the government going around blowing everything up killing innocent people in the name of Democracy..lmao....what a joke.
Mike Schauer September 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Public Pressure shows that the people can still have a voice. The Catholic Church continues it's age old policy that the victims are their priests,not the children that they have raped. Image,Image,Image,that is all the church is looking at. Conceal,deny,and lie continue to be the Church's claims. From Imesch,Sartain,and now Conlon,it really makes no difference,there all one and the same
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