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Diocese plans to reveal names of 2 priests accused of abuse

October 6, 2018

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has received credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors against two additional priests and will release their names Tuesday.

Stephanie Patka, the diocese’s spokeswoman, made the announcement Friday afternoon.

Patka said she did not have access to the names or more details. The additions would bring to 20 the number of credibly accused priests and deacons.

The information will be on the diocese’s website, www.diocesefwsb.org, she said.

The diocese released the initial list Sept. 18 by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades after the release of a report by a grand jury in Pennsylvania documenting abuse by more than 300 clergy in six dioceses.

Rhoades said releasing the names would validate the suffering and aid healing of victims.

Rhoades served as bishop in the Diocese of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania immediately before being appointed bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in late 2009.

Patka said diocesan staff who deal with sexual abuse allegations “have been very busy” since the release of the list.

She said that signifies victims are becoming more comfortable with coming forward.

The announcement of the additional names came on a day Rhoades set aside for diocesewide prayer and penance relating to the church’s role in sexual abuse, urging special Masses in parishes and prayer and fasting among the faithful.

Abuse can be reported to Mary Glowaski, victim’s assistance coordinator, at mglowaski@diocesefwsb.org or 399-1458 or the Rev. Mark Gurtner, vicar general, at 422-4611.

Rhoades has also encouraged victims to report to law enforcement.

rsalter@jg.net

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