Former Granite City Priest Ousted Following Abuse AllegationsSpringfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki has removed Father Robert "Bud" DeGrand as pastor of four central Illinois parishes following a credible abuse allegation from 30 years ago.
Study Finds Reasons Catholics Have Left the ChurchThree-fourths of the nearly 600 inactive Catholics polled in the Springfield Diocese say they left or drifted away from the church because of differences over doctrinal issues.
Illinois Religious Leaders Sign Letter Opposing Same-Sex MarriagePastoral leaders representing more than 1,700 faith communities - parishes, churches, congregations and mosques - have signed onto the letter.

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