Catholic Priest Who Fathered Child Is Suspended

Associated Press
October 17, 2009

ST. LOUIS — A Wisconsin diocese has suspended a Catholic priest who fathered a child during a five-year relationship.

The Diocese of Superior said late Friday that the Rev. Henry Willenborg had been suspended with pay.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests had urged the move Friday in St. Louis. SNAP also wants church officials to help the mother and their now 22-year-old son, who has cancer.

The demands were in response to a New York Times story Friday about the Ashland, Wis., pastor.

Pat Bond, now of O'Fallon, Mo., has received about $100,000 in financial support from the Franciscans, Willenborg's religious order.

She seeks more, and says the church has made her and her son beggars. The Franciscans say they went beyond what the law required.


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