2 Brothers Claiming Abuse Sue Priest Who Sued Them

By Susan Hogan-Albach
Chicago Sun-Times
August 30, 2007,abuse083007.article

Two brothers filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Catholic priest who sued them for defamation last year — after they told the Archdiocese of Chicago he had sexually abused them.

Cardinal Francis George removed the Rev. Robert Stepek from ministry at St. Albert the Great parish in Burbank last November after an archdiocesan review board concluded there was reasonable cause to believe the abuse had taken place.

The allegations stemmed from the 1980s, when the priest was at St. Symphorosa parish on the South Side and the brothers were 9 and 16 years old. Stepek denied the abuse and sued the brothers, known as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 in court records.

They sued George in December, saying he failed to keep their anonymity.

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