Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Catholic Order Sued For Release of Records of Abusive Priests

AP reports on a lawsuit filed in Cook County Illinois Circuit Court on Monday against  a Chicago-based religious order, the Claretians Missionaries, seeking release of all records relating to allegations of abuse by any of its priests.  The suit was filed by Eric Johnson, a 51-year old Colorado man who says that he was abused over 40 years ago by a 15-year old boy, Bruce Wellems, who later became a prominent Claretian priest known for his work with at-risk youths. In the 1990's the Claretians promised Johnson that they would closely monitor Wellems and not allow him access to children unless another adult was present.  Johnson filed suit when the Claretians did not follow through on that promise.