Source: The Chicago Tribune
Pilsen priest removed for inappropriate relationship with woman
According to the statement, Curran said the relationship was an “isolated instance.”
“Father Brendan made a poor choice. Everyone does, to varying degrees. But he and his choices are held against a higher standard because he professed religious vows as a friar in the Dominican Order,” the statement read. “His poor judgment in this instance casts a shadow on his enlightened and courageous ministry to Latino immigrants and the poor at St. Pius V parish and Chicago’s southwest side.”
The Rev. Charles Bouchard, head of the local Dominican order, commended the woman for coming forward.
“She deserves a sincere apology and we also have a responsibility to respect her anonymity and her privacy,” Bouchard said in the statement. “We admire her courage and we’re keeping her in our prayers.”
As of last Thursday, Curran can no longer celebrate Mass or the sacraments. He left his position at St. Pius V and left the Chicago area shortly thereafter. Bouchard said Curran will seek evaluation, treatment, and spiritual healing in another Dominican community.
“Brendan is leaving this ministry, but we, as a religious order, have a different level of responsibility to him,” Bouchard said.
“The pain of the victims and the publicity surrounding priestly misconduct has brought the Church to a much deeper understanding of ministerial integrity. We love and support Brendan and we will be here for him. But, at the same time, there is a purity of heart required to preach the Gospel with integrity and we know that only truth will get us there.”
Bouchard has asked Archbishop Blase Cupich to appoint a temporary bilingual administrator for St. Pius V parish. A new pastor will be named before July 1.