The spokeswoman, Patricia Gibson, added the diocese had contacted the police department and the state’s attorney’s office and was working with them cooperatively.
Peoria County State’ Attorney Jerry Brady said Gibson contacted him about last week about the procedure for filing a police report.
Mass Sunday, according to Carlson, where they were told by Monsignor Paul Showalter that Cassidy would remain the church’s official pastor during an investigation, but an administrator would be named to take over his duties.
Cassidy “can no longer function as a Catholic priest in any public capacity, wear clerical garb or the Roman collar, and is to refrain from using the title Reverend or Father,” according to the news release issued by the diocese last week.
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“To my knowledge, there were no secrets, and all of a sudden this comes out of the blue.” “It’s truly affected everybody there,” Carlson added. There were a lot of tears and frustration.” About 200 people attended the 11 a.m.
“To my knowledge, the alleged incident did not occur in Peoria or Illinois, for that matter.” Blossom said the diocese’s unwillingness to provide any details on the allegations struck him as unfair and odd.
While he called sexual misconduct “reprehensible to say the least,” Blossom also said he had never seen Cassidy do anything to make him suspicious.
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