Archdiocese Investigating Sexual Abuse Claims against Retired Priest

By Manya A. Brachear
Chicago Tribune
November 13, 2009,0,2728418.story

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has found credible evidence that a priest on Chicago's West Side sexually abused two children, church officials said Thursday.

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 a letter from Auxiliary Bishop John Manz to parishioners. Maloney currently lives in Fox Lake.

The abuse of two male victims, now in their late 30s and early 40s, 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.

Maloney's case will be sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican to determine whether he will be permanently removed from the priesthood.

"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.

She said his parish assignments over the years include:

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

In 1959, Maloney was also appointed to the faculty of Quigley Preparatory Seminary, according to reports.

Since his retirement, Burritt said there is no record of Maloney serving in any parish in the archdiocese.

In accord with archdiocesan policies, the allegations were reported to the Cook County state's attorney and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.



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