Archdiocese Finds Evidence Priest Abused 2 Boys

Chicago Breaking News
November 12, 2009

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has found credible evidence that a priest on Chicago's West Side sexually abused two boys, according to a letter from Auxiliary Bishop John Manz to parishioners.

The Rev. Edward Maloney, a retired priest who served at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 1048 N. Campbell Ave., for 21 years until 1996, was removed from ministry several months ago, according to the letter. He currently resides in Fox Lake.

The abuse of two male victims is alleged to have taken place about 25 years ago, when the victims were in junior high school and while Maloney was at St. Mark, a church official said.

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

"I'm innocent of those charges," Maloney said when reached by telephone on Thursday. "That's all I can say."

Maloney was ordained in 1955 and retired in 1999, said Susan Burritt, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese.

Maloney's parish assignments over the years were, according to Burritt:

From 1955 to 1959, at St. Simeon in Bellwood; from 1959 through 1966, at St. Columbkille, on Chicago's West Side; for about six months in 1966, through November, at St. Ambrose, 1012 E. 47th St.; 1966 to 1974, at Precious Blood, 2411 W. Congress Parkway; from 1974 to 1975, at St. David in Bridgeport; 1975 to 1996, at St. Mark; 1996 to 1997, at Santa Maria del Popolo in Mundelein; 1997 to 1999, at Mission San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights.

Since his retirement, Burritt said there is no record of Maloney being actively ministering in any parish in the Archdiocese.


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