Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago Regarding Rev. Edward J. Maloney

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago
November 7, 2009

The following letter from the Most Rev. John R. Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate III, was read at all the Masses over the weekend at St. Mark Parish in Chicago.


Office of the Episcopal Vicar

Post Office Box 1979

Chicago, Illinois 60690-1979

November 7, 2009

Dear St. Mark Parishioners,

I am writing to you so that I can share important information regarding one of your former pastors, Father Edward Maloney. Several months ago, officials at the Archdiocese received an allegation involving sexual abuse of a minor. The independent Review Board of the Archdiocese completed its inquiry regarding the allegations against Fr. Maloney and determined that there is reasonable cause to suspect that sexual abuse of a minor occurred. Cardinal George has accepted the Review Board's findings and their recommendation that Fr. Maloney not engage in any form of ministry and that appropriate restrictions be imposed in accordance with Archdiocesan policies and procedures.

Father Maloney's case will now be sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican for its review and determination.

I ask you to join me in praying for all people in need of the Lord's peace and healing; for the victim who brought this concern to the Archdiocese, for all those affected by the horror of sexual abuse, and for Fr. Maloney. At this difficult time, I want to assure you of my prayers, and those of Cardinal George, for all of you at St. Mark Parish. Please let us keep each other in prayer.

God bless you and thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. John R. Manz

Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago


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