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Sioux City diocese finally admits it covered for priest


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A Roman Catholic diocese acknowledged Wednesday that it concealed for decades a priest’s admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys — a silence that may have put other children in danger.

The Rev. Jerome Coyle, now 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the 1980s but never defrocked. And it was not until this week, after The Associated Press inquired about him, that he was publicly identified by the church as an admitted pedophile, even though the Diocese of Sioux City had been aware of his conduct for 32 years.

Now the diocese is doing the right thing because it's being called to account


In June, the diocese moved Coyle to the Marian Home in Fort Dodge, across the street from Saint Edmond Catholic School.

School administrators weren't informed. Bishop R. Walker Nickless says Coyle won't stay there.


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