Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Info related to accusations against former Bishop Ryan of Springfield, IL have been forwarded to the Vatican

Results of an investigation into allegations that former Bishop Daniel Ryan of the Springfield Catholic Diocese solicited sex from a 15-year-old boy in 1984 recently were forwarded to the papal nuncio in Washington, D.C.

A board of laypeople from another diocese passed its information on to the nuncio, Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, who acts _as an ambassador from the Vatican to the United States.

"All of the information has been sent to the nuncio," Kathy Sass, spokeswoman for the diocese, said Friday. "It will in turn be sent to the Vatican."

Details of the investigation will remain confidential, Sass said......

The Springfield Diocese has its own board of laypeople, created in 1994, to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors. However, many of its members were appointed while Ryan was still bishop. Sass said the investigation was turned over to the other diocese to avoid any conflict of interest.

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