Fr. Joseph Owens

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Newly identified in Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06 as a priest with a substantiated allegation. Resigned in 4/70; laicized in 4/71. Accused of abuse at St. Philomena in 1969. At least one claim included a $12.7M settlement involving 11 priests and 16 plaintiffs in 8/08.

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