Fr. Joseph R. Bennett

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Archdiocese received allegations 11/12/02 that Bennett had sexually abused three boys in 1976-78. Oral sex alleged. Despite polygraph confirmation, Review Board found no reasonable cause to suspect. Alleged on 12/3/03 to have abused two girls in 1967-69, including rape. Board recommended removal 10/15/05; Cardinal George kept Bennett in ministry until McCormack case broke. Removed 1/31/06; at least 10 other allegations were received. Settlement 8/12/08 released some documents. Personnel files released 1/14. Noted on archdiocese’ s list updated 11/28/18 to have been laicized.


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