A rather strange story from Chicago: two priests removed from a parish.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has asked two priests to leave a northwest suburban parish while authorities investigate the allegations of a 26-year-old Palatine man who said he was sexually assaulted this month in the priests’ home.

Rev. Juan Sanchez-Espinoza, 48, who has lived in the priests’ residence of the Mision San Juan Diego in Palatine since June, was placed on administrative leave Aug. 10, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese said Monday. Officials have asked him to move.

A week later, Rev. Moises Marin, 45, the parish’s pastor, who shares the town home with Sanchez-Espinoza, was also asked to leave. Church officials discovered that he was present during the alleged incident, said Susan Burritt, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese.

More details, including an interview with the accuser, in the Sun-Times.

The Archdiocese has a statement on its website.

Cincinnati pastor removed while Archdiocese investigates 30-year old accusations

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Finally, the Jacksonvillle paper finally catches up with the excommunication of the fairly freshly ordained priest who’s left and hung his sign up at RentAPriest:

The article doesn’t answer the question that comes to the top of any informed person’s mind which is why excommunication and not simply suspension? I suppose because he’s refusing to be laicized, but I’m not sure.

Update: A pastor of two parishes in the Diocese of Memphis resigns after a lawsuit is filed regarding sexual abuse allegations dating back to the 80’s when he was working in a Catholic high school.

People: these are stories all from the last couple of days. I didn’t reach back any further than that. I wasn’t even reaching. For some reason, they just kept coming….

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