An internal church investigation has determined an allegation of sex abuse against an Illinois priest is "credible."
30 years ago, Father Robert DeGrand worked in a Jacksonville parish. It was during that time he is alleged to have sexually abused a child. The Springfield Diocese formed a panel to review the claim. However, the details of the allegation have not been made public.
Springfield Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki sent this memo out earlier in the day Tuesday, prior to the march and rally in support of same sex marriage at the statehouse:
The Rainbow Sash Movement has encouraged Roman Catholics to come to Springfield to “have a loud Catholic presence for marriage equality.” They have announced plans to gather at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 4:30 p.m. just before the 5:15 p.m. Mass to stand in the Cathedral and indicate that they are there to pray the rosary for “marriage equality.”
A priest who formerly served at a Jacksonville church is under investigation for sexual misconduct. The Springfield Diocese issued a statement saying the Reverend Robert "Bud" DeGrand has temporarily withdrawn from the ministry. He most recently was involved with parishes in east central Illinois in Sigel, Neoga, Green Creek and Lillyville.
A priest found handcuffed in a church rectory in Springfield last year is returning to the ministry. The Springfield Diocese issued a statement today saying Father Thomas Donovan will serve as a chaplain to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in Alton.