Diocese adds 1 to list of credibly accused
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend today added another name to its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.
Gerald Funcheon, a priest of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, also known as the Crosiers, was sued in 2007 in Allen County by a man who said he was abused at a Catholic Youth Organization camp at Lake Wawasee.
Funcheon was not on lists of credibly accused clergy issued in September and October by diocesan Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.
That’s despite court documents in which Funcheon admitted abusing as many as 18 children and teens and that he might have more than 50 victims, according to lawyers with Jeff Anderson and Associates of St. Paul, Minnesota.
In court documents and in previous interviews with the Journal Gazette, the firm’s attorneys have said Funcheon since 2003 has faced civil lawsuits alleging abuse in California, Hawaii and Minnesota.
Funcheon was removed from ministry in 1993. The local suit was dismissed in 2009. The document released today by the local diocese lists one credible allegation.
For many years, the Crosiers operated Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Syracuse.
The addition of Funcheon to the list of 20 names was based on additional information about an old allegation, not a new allegation, said Stephanie Patka, diocesan spokeswoman.
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