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On Friday, Chicago pastor David Ryan was accused of sexually abusing a minor, adding to the previous accusations that were made years earlier.
St. Francis de Sales was alerted last week by the Archdiocese of Chicago that father David Ryan was accused of sexually abusing a minor.
According to a letter sent to St. Francis de Sales parishioners, the archdiocese received word of two allegations against David Ryan.
The Office of the Archbishop later shared the letter with the local media on Saturday.
On September 17, the Archbishop of Chicago wrote a lengthy letter to the parishioners of St. Francis de Sales Parish that reads:
“I am writing with upsetting news. Yesterday the Archdiocese received two allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against Fr. David Ryan.”
“As is the case with all such matters, the archdiocese will report these allegations to civil authorities and offer assistance to the persons who made them.”
“In keeping with our policies, I have asked Father Ryan to step aside until our Independent Review Board can investigate the allegations and present its recommendations to me.”
“He has agreed to cooperate fully with our process, which will move forward as expeditiously as possible.”
“We will provide Fr. Ryan with pastoral assistance, and I know he is grateful for your support.”
The recent issue brings to light of a previous sexual abuse allegations against father Ryan in the Fall of 2020.
Father Ryan was reinstated in September 2021 to active ministry after the allegations were deemed “unfounded.”
The media release also revealed that the archdiocese would report the allegations to civil authorities and offer assistance to the persons who made them.
That year, the allegations were reported to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office and DCFS.
It is unclear if the new allegations have been reported to the authorities yet.
What happens to father Ryan?
For now, Father Ryan will step down from pastoral duties while the Archdiocese’s Independent Review Board completes investigations surrounding the allegation.
They will then provide a recommendation to Archbishop Blase J. Cupich on what follows next.
Cupich revealed that Father Ryan agreed to fully cooperate with the investigative process, helping the situation move faster.
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