SoCal Street Named for Clergy Sex Suspect Renamed

Associated Press, carried in San Jose Mercury News
January 25, 2009

CORONA, Calif.—Officials in a Southern California city are rebranding a street that had been named after a clergyman accused of sexual abuse.

Corona City Council approved a request this month by officials with the San Bernardino diocese to strip Monsignor Matthew J. Thompson's name from a cul-de-sac near St. Edward Catholic Church, where he served as pastor from 1943 to 1975.

The street's name will change from Monsignor Thompson Circle to St. Edward Circle.

Thompson was named in the $200 million settlement reached in 2007 by alleged victims of sexual abuse and church officials.

Diocese spokesman John Andrews says two allegations of abuse were made against Thompson, who died in 1976.

Andrews says officials asked for the name change out of its commitment to healing and reconciliation for sex abuse victims.


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