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Fort Wayne parish priest removed

FORT WAYNE (AP) — A Catholic priest who took over a Fort Wayne parish after its pastor was accused of sexually abusing a minor has been removed from public ministry himself for allegedly abusing a minor in Africa some 20 years ago.

Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhodes took the action June 10 against the Rev. Cornelius Ryan after being notified of “a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor” by the South Bend-based U.S. Province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, the diocese said in a statement released Wednesday.

“Bishop Rhoades was advised that the abuse is claimed to have taken place approximately twenty years ago in Africa, where Father Ryan then served,” the diocese said.

“In accord with the laws of the Church, Father Ryan has been removed from public ministry. The Congregation of Holy Cross is handling this matter according to its policies and the Church’s norms,” the statement said.

The statement did not include any details of the alleged abuse or where in Africa it occurred, and it referred requests for additional information to the congregation. A telephone message seeking additional information and comment was left with the congregation’s South Bend office.

Lafayette-area Cub Scouts lose home

DAYTON (AP) — A Lafayette-area Cub Scout pack has found a new charter home days after a church severed ties with it over the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to extend membership to openly gay youth.

Pack 3316 has found a new charter home at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Dayton.

The Lafayette Journal and Courier reports the church’s board voted unanimously Tuesday to become the new charter organization for the scouts.

The administrative council of Dayton United Methodist Church voted to sever its ties with the pack on June 11.

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