IL - Victims’ group warns hospital
- Victims’ group warns hospital
- Accused priest now works there
- SNAP: “He’s been inappropriate with youngsters”
- Group questions the wisdom of keeping him there
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will try to deliver a letter to a hospital president about a Catholic priest who may be working as a Chaplain there.
The victims will also urge
--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 to come forward to the police immediately.
Tuesday, April 2, at 1:00 PM
Two-three members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
Outside the Central DuPage Hospital at 25 N. Winfield in Winfield, IL
SNAP has learned that Fr. Thomas Corbino, a priest accused of inappropriate behavior, now works as a chaplain at Central DuPage hospital after he left St. Pius X in January 2012.
SNAP has recently obtained documents that show concern about the behavior of Fr. Corbino while he was working at St. Pius X in Lombard, IL. These documents include an email from a former altar boy addressed to Fr. 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 Fr. Corbino.
Fr. Corbino resigned from St. Pius X on April 22, 2012. The website of the Diocese of Joliet, as recently as yesterday, lists Fr. Corbino as working as a chaplain at 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 his post at the hospital because it places him in a position of authority with opportunities to abuse children and vulnerable adults.
A March 21, 2013 Chicago Tribune article pointed out the long standing tradition of transferring priests accused of abuse from parishes to hospitals within their dioceses.
Leaders of SNAP are delivering a letter to hospital president Michael Vivoda, asking him to immediately remove Fr. Corbino.
“Given the history of abuse allegations against Fr. Corbino, we question the wisdom of letting him work in proximity to sick individuals, some of whom may be sedated or bed-bound,” SNAP’s letter reads in part. “He should be moved to a different post where he has no interaction with children or 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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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.