Five former Belleville Oblate priests “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors

Metro-East News, July 8, 2015

Seven former priests, including five who once had ties to the religious order that operates the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows near Belleville, have been publicly named in Minnesota as “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of minors, according to a written statement from the national Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

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“Credibly accused” is the standard language used by the Catholic Church to describe a member of the clergy who, after an investigation by a diocese or religious order, is believed to have molested a minor and is unfit for further ministry.

Release of the names was part of a settlement in a Minnesota lawsuit in connection to  . . .

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