Priest Who Admits to Sexual Abuse Living near Day-Care

Associated Press State & Local Wire
August 29, 2002

The bishop of the Rapid City Catholic Diocese has asked a retired priest to leave St. Martin's Monastery after learning the man has admitted to sexual abuse.

The Rev. John Corry has admitted he sexually abused a man while serving at Bison in the 1960s. The victim is now 54.

In a statement given to Rapid City television station KOTA, Bishop Blase Cupich said he has asked Corry to leave, but he has refused.

The statement said the bishop told Corry he should "relocate to a place with appropriate supervision."

St. Martin's Monastery is a retreat just west of Rapid City where retired members of the priesthood go to retire. Corry had served as a chaplain there for several years.

The monastery also is home to a day-care and preschool that serve dozens of children.

An unidentified Rapid City woman who once had four grandchildren in the day-care center said Corry's presence so close to children was unacceptable.

"Anyone who does something like that gives up their privileges," the woman said.

Representatives at the monastery have said Corry was not a danger to any of the children and does not have access to them.

Cupich said he hopes media attention will force Corry to change his mind.

"This is painful," Cupich said. "But it is a pain much like lancing a boil and once that pain is experienced, forgiveness can be offered and healing can begin."


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