Fr. James Burnett, who served at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mokena, as well as serving as rector at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet.
Removed from ministry in 2006.
was removed from ministry in 2006.
Among them is Father James Burnett
, accused by David Rudolfski and two others of sexual abuse.
5/25/1968 Removed from ministry 2006
5/27/1967 Removed from ministry 2012
Ryan, Lee 5/25/1968 Removed from ministry 2010
Virtue, William** 11/29/1975 Removed from ministry 2006
Yet the file demonstrates the way in which a priest such as Burnett
, who is accused by three persons, two of whom were abused in the confessional, can be effectively shielded by the framework established by the U.S. bishops in Dallas in 2002.
What the bishops did not anticipate in Dallas was that the survivors of clergy abuse would take the bishops' commitment to transparency and responsibility much more seriously than the bishops themselves.
Rudofski refused to settle with the Diocese of Joliet
without the release of the files for all the accused priests whose cases were mishandled during the same time that Burnett
was abusing Rudofski and Dan Shanahan (the survivor who first went public about Burnett's abuse).
Rev. James Burnett