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Belleville Diocese Sued For Priest Abuse

A man accuses Father Robert Vonnahmen of abusing him at Camp Ondessonk in early 1970’s.


Vatican Defrocks Metro East Priest Accused of Molestation

A papal decree calls the action against Raymond Kownacki “for the good of the church.”



New Gallatin County Parish Named For First Native American Saint

Msr. John Myler says out of the rubble of a church destroyed earlier this year in Ridgeway, Illinois, comes a new building and parish.


Belleville Diocese

Mount Carmel Priest Bounced for Ad-Libbing

Rev. Bill Rowe is now considered retired and must leave the rectory at St. Mary Parish.



Southern Illinois Priest Again Accused Of Shoplifting

Priest charged with stealing items from Belleville gift store


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Three Catholic Dioceses Stay in the Fight Over Illinois Civil Union Law

The Peoria Diocese has withdrawn from litigation


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Belleville Diocese Ponders Church Closures

Loss in population is to blame. No decisions will reportedly be made until 2013.


Barbara Dorris and David Clohessy of SNAP.

Belleville Diocese’s $5 mil. Judgement Appeal Fails

The Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court, in a 2-1 ruling made public Thursday, rejected the Diocese of Belleville’s challenge of a 2008 verdict favoring James Wisniewski of Champaign.


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