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Indiana priest convicted of assaulting 2 boys

January 22, 2010

A priest of the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend has been convicted of assaulting two boys. The assault of one boy took place in 1979, a year before former Holy Cross brother James R. Blume was ordained a diocesan priest.

Blume told a police detective that in 1989, when he ceased to exercise his ministry following an allegation, the diocese “handed me $50,000 and told me to start a new life.” Blume was laicized in 2007.

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