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Peoria diocese pays $1.35 million to settle suit against Archbishop Myers

Catholic World News - August 13, 2013

The Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, has agreed to pay $1.35 million to resolve a sex-abuse lawsuit, in which the plaintiff charged that Archbishop John Myers allowed a priest to remain in ministry despite evidence of prior sexual abuse.

Archbishop Myers, who was leader of the Peoria diocese in the 1990s, at the time of the reported abuse, later became the Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey. He has recently become the focal point of criticism there for allowing priests accused of abuse to remain active.

As part of the settlement agreement, the Peoria diocese released a deposition in which Archbishop Myers testified that he was not aware that the priest involved in the case had previously been accused of abuse.

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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Aug. 16, 2013 11:02 AM ET USA

    This is negligence of the worst sort. Twice. Time for this bishop to resign as not up to the job.

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