Fr. William M. McFarlane
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL
Removed from active ministry in 7/19 after the archdiocese was informed by the Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office of an allegation of sex abuse by McFarlane, occurring in 1997. The allegations were deemd “unfounded” by DCFS and “unmerited” by the archdiocesan review board. McFarlane was reinstated. Per DCFS, they could not investigate because McFarlane’s accuser is no longer a minor and that the term “unfounded does not reflect the validity of allegations.”
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