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Joliet Diocese sexual abuse, Chicago sex offender attorneysOver the span of 20 years, priests ordained by the Joliet Diocese allegedly abused many boys involved in church programs from the 1960s through 1980s. The Joliet Diocese knew about priests abusing children well before they did anything to protect children and remove pedophile priests from parished in the Diocese of Joliet. How did these priests become ordained and allowed to be around children if the diocese knew about sexual abuse by these priests? Sexual abuse by anyone is wrong, but being sexually abused by someone ordained of God by the Roman Catholic Church is especially corrupt. Children and their parents are supposed to be able to trust priests–the people who are ordained to uphold the standards of the church.

The Diocese of Joliet placed into parish assignments several men were considered poor candidates for ordination, including one who was asked to leave a Seminary where he was taking classes. Instead of denying them ordination, Joliet Diocese ordained these men and then covered up the allegations of abuse by moving the men to different parishes.

Among the Diocese of Joliet priests accused of abuse are Father James Nowak, Father Michael Gibbney, Father Lawrence Gibbs, Father Myles White and Father Fred Lyncyczk. Each of these priests is listed on the Diocese of Joliet’s recently updated “List of Priests with Credible/Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors Made Against Them.” You can find the recently released files for these priests here. The accused priests were actively involved in these diocese parishes:

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Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C.Earlier this week, Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. filed lawsuits against Chicago Presbytery on behalf of seven men sexually abused by Presbyterian minister Douglas Mason in the early ‘80s and ‘90s. The two separately-filed lawsuits follow an earlier lawsuit that was settled in 2007 with four accusers bringing sexual abuse claims against Mason. Church officials disclosed to the Chicago Tribune last year that the previously confidential settlement amount totaled $11 million.

The first lawsuit filed this past Wednesday details abuse occurring between the years of 1982 and 1986 when Mason, who died in 2004, was a pastor at the church the three plaintiffs, now in their 40s, attended. At the time, the Presbytery encouraged pastors to counsel young men in private, despite warnings of Mason’s pedophile behavior.

The second suit involves four men in their late 30s who were abused by Mason while they were members of San Marcos Youth Ministry. The molestation began in the ‘90s when the victims attended St. Gregory the Great High School. The pastor paid a part of each plaintiff’s school tuition and made regular visits. He also checked them out of school at least once a month with the purpose of sexually abusing them. School administrators, at the time, did not notify the parents that the students were being checked out.

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