|Youngstown Bishop Removes Priest from All Ministry
Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown
June 1, 2009
Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., of the Diocese of Youngstown has placed Reverend Thomas Crum on Administrative Leave as a result of a newly reported and credible allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor more than 30 years ago when Father Crum was on the faculty at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown. The allegation was immediately reported to civil authorities. Subsequently, Father Crum admitted to the allegation to Church authorities.
Father Crum, who was pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Canton, has resigned effective immediately. He cannot publicly celebrate the sacraments, wear clerical attire or present himself as a priest in good standing.
In accordance with the Diocese of Youngstown Child Protection Policy, the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the independent, predominantly lay Diocesan Review Board has been fully advised and supports the bishop's decision to immediately remove Father Crum from ministry.
Father Crum has been a priest of the diocese since 1975. His assignments have included: Assistant Pastor at St. Mary Parish in Massillon (1975); Faculty member at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown (1975-1977); Assistant Pastor at St. James Parish, Warren and St. John the Baptist Parish in Campbell (1977-1979); Assistant Pastor at St. Christine Parish in Youngstown (1979-1985); Assistant Pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Ravenna (1985-1988); Pastor at St. Mary Parish in Orwell (1988-1991); Assistant Pastor at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Youngstown (1991-1992); Pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Canton (1992-1994). In 1994 he took a personal leave of absence at his own request. He returned as Assistant Pastor at St. Charles Parish in Boardman (1997-1999); Pastor at St. Peter Parish in Rootstown (1999-2005) and Administrator then Pastor at Our Lady of Peace Parish (2005).
The Diocese of Youngstown encourages anyone who may have experienced sexual abuse by clergy or others associated with the Church to contact the diocesan victim's assistance coordinator (330-744-8451) and to notify civil authorities. The diocesan Child Protection Policy may be found at the Diocese of Youngstown website, www.cathdoy.org.
Bishop Murry said, "The Diocese of Youngstown continues to be committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. I am deeply sorry for the pain suffered by survivors of abuse due to actions of some members of the clergy, because nothing is more important than protecting our children."
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