Man claims Chicago-area priest molested him as boy

April 25, 2012

Associated Press

A former altar boy at a church in Chicago's southern suburbs claims in a lawsuit that he was molested by a Catholic priest in the 1980s.

The suit, filed Tuesday, accuses the now-deceased priest, the Rev. John Curran, of luring young boys to his room in the rectory of St. Christina's Church and molesting them.

It alleges church leaders were aware of the abuse but did not remove Curran or keep him away from children.

Curran worked at St. Christina Parish between 1980 and 1993, and died in 2000.

In 2005, the Archdiocese of Chicago settled lawsuits filed by 24 parishioners who claimed they were abused by priests, including Curran.

Spokeswoman Susan Burritt said the archdiocese had not received a copy of the suit and could not comment.