Priest breaks silence over his removal
By David C.L. Bauer [email protected], May 13. 2015
A former Jacksonville priest is striking out at what he calls a witch hunt that led to his removal after a decades-old abuse allegation.
In a rare move, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki forced removal of the Rev. Robert “Bud” DeGrand earlier this month. DeGrand was pastor of Catholic churches in Lillyville, Green Creek, Sigel and Neoga. He previously served parishes in Bluffs, Winchester and Jacksonville.
DeGrand was accused of sexually abusing a minor while at Our Saviour Catholic Church in 1980 — the year he was . . .