Indiana bishop under investigation in
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[September 07, 2018]
By David Dekok
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Roman
Catholic Bishop who serves a diocese in Indiana that includes Notre Dame
University is under investigation in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he
formerly worked, a district attorney said on Thursday.
Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo said the investigation
involves Bishop Kevin Rhoades, 60, who is now the head of the Diocese of
Fort Wayne-South Bend. Dauphin County includes the state capital of
The information was referred to the district attorney by the Diocese of
Harrisburg and relates to Rhoades’ alleged interaction with a high
school boy as a parish priest prior to becoming the nation’s youngest
Catholic bishop in Harrisburg in 2004, Chardo said.
“We are conducting further inquiry,” Chardo told Reuters. “We will
follow the leads wherever they go.”
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend issued a statement on its website
Thursday night on behalf of Rhoades.
"Bishop Rhoades adamantly denies any validity to this accusation and the
insinuation of inappropriate behavior," the diocese said. "He did
nothing wrong, and is confident any investigation will bear this out.”
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Chardo said the alleged victim, who has not been named, died in the
mid-1990s. He said the information received and relayed by the
diocese was not specific as to physical or sexual abuse.
“No one claimed to see anything,” Chardo said. “They said the
relationship seemed odd.”
No one from the Diocese of Harrisburg could be reached for comment
Pennsylvania's state attorney general issued a lengthy report last
month saying Roman Catholic priests in the state sexually abused
thousands of children over a 70-year-period, which was
systematically covered up by bishops.
(Editing by Bill Tarrant)
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