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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- independent of and separate from the church
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Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
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