Hospital has ousted Catholic priest
A hospital now says that a controversial Catholic priest who had been a chaplain there is being removed. In an email yesterday, an official with Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield disclosed that Fr. Thomas Corbino has been ousted.
Corbino has been accused of inappropriate behavior with youngsters.
On Tuesday, holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, urged hospital officials to fire Corbino.
They also urged
--Joliet Catholic officials to aggressively seek out others who may have experienced inappropriate contact with the cleric, and
--urge anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered clergy sex crimes – by Corbino or any other current of former Joliet church official- report to the police immediately.
SNAP recently obtained documents that show concern about Corbino’s behavior while he was worked at St. Pius X church in Lombard, IL. (He left there last year.) The records include an email from a former altar boy addressed to Corbino that alleges sexual abuse, and a statement from an investigator relating to a Will County State’s Attorney Investigative Report into sex abuse allegations against Corbino.
In an email to SNAP president Barbara Blaine, Christopher N. King wrote “As of yesterday afternoon, Fr. Thomas Corbino is no longer a volunteer Chaplin at Central DuPage Hospital. Thank you again for bringing these concerns to our attention.” King is a public relations manager for Cadence Health (phone 630.933.5117, cell 630.776.5373, firstname.lastname@example.org).
“We’re glad Corbino’s been removed but patients, parishioners and the public are still owed some straight answers about this troubling situation,” said SNAP president Barbara Blaine. “Did Joliet Catholic officials tell the hospital about Corbino’s disturbing past? What are both institutions doing to prevent such recklessness in the future and seek out anyone who may have been hurt by Corbino?”
Earlier this week, the Joliet Catholic diocese website, listed Corbino as working at both Central DuPage Hospital, and also working at St Mary Parish in West Chicago. SNAP believes that the allegations against Fr. Corbino are serious enough that he should be removed from both posts because they put him in a position of authority with opportunities to abuse children and vulnerable adults.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.