Naperville priest suspended in wake of abuse allegations

Daily Herald

By Lee Filas.

A Naperville priest has been suspended by the Joliet Diocese following allegations he sexually abused a child more than 25 years ago.

Rev. James Nowak, 75, who served as pastor at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church from 2002 to 2007, was placed on temporary administrative leave. He is not permitted to celebrate public Mass or administer sacraments, said diocese spokesman Doug Delaney.

Nowak is retired, and is listed as member of the board of directors at Montini High School in Lombard, according to the school’s website.

It’s unknown where Novak was working at the time of the alleged abuse.

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