Joliet Diocese did not detail priest's past, hospital says

The Joliet Diocese acknowledges church officials allowed a Roman Catholic priest to serve as a hospital chaplain even though the bishop declared him unfit for parish ministry because of "inappropriate behavior" with a boy years earlier.

The Rev. Thomas Corbino was not charged with a crime, but Bishop R. Daniel Conlon placed him on "restricted ministry" in 2012 and barred him from having unsupervised interactions with children before he became a part-time volunteer chaplain at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, a diocese spokesman said.

The hospital fired Corbino on Tuesday after learning about the misconduct allegation against him, Central DuPage spokesman Christopher King said. The diocese had not mentioned the allegation when it recommended him for the volunteer post, King said.

"The information that we received on Tuesday was very concerning," King said. "It was new to us, and we dismissed him that afternoon."

Corbino could not be reached for comment.

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commented 2013-04-05 11:49:52 -0500 · Flag
Personally, I think it is “high time” that the Catholic church, lay pyschologists and psychiatrists and all concerned adults of conscience, realize that 99.9% of pedophiles, cannot be “rehabilitated”.

If it is possible that you the reader of my comments here, are actually a Christian and do believe that the words of Christ in the Bible have any value and true meaning for us today, you might be able to realize that even Jesus did not recommend trying to “save” or “forgive” or “absolve” any pedophile. He DID NOT SAY that either we adults, nor the abused child should “turn the other cheek” to a pedophile.

Rather, what he did say is: “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it were better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew Chapter 18, verse 6.
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