Catholic diocese adds another former priest to those credibly accused of abuse of minors
South Bend Tribune
November 6, 2018
|August 2018 file photo of Catholic bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend the Rev. Kevin Rhoades.|
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Another former priest has been added to the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend’s list of clerics credibly accused of abuse of a minor, the diocese announced Tuesday.
Gerald Funcheon was a member of the Crosier Congregation, but assigned at times within the diocese.
He was included on a list published by the Crosier Fathers of those credibly accused of abuse of a minor. He has been added to the diocese list because of a credible accusation of abuse that took place while assigned in the diocese, according to the diocese.
Funcheon was ordained in 1965 and was removed from ministry on April 1, 1993, according to the diocese.
One credible allegation was made against him, the diocese said.
Funcheon’s assignments in the local diocese included: 1966 to 1969, teacher and athletic director, Our Lady of the Lake Seminary, Syracuse, Ind.; 1969 to 1973, Crosier Congregation assignments outside the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend; 1973 to 1975, teacher/prefect of discipline, Wawasee Preparatory, Syracuse; and 1975 to 1987, Crosier Congregation assignments outside the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
In recent months, the diocese has released the names of more than 20 priests and deacons who were credibly accused of sexually abusing children, including at least 15 who previously were assigned to parishes in South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart and Granger.