Bishop Sartain removes Bloomingdale priest for homosexual conduct

A Bloomingdale priest accused by a 21-year-old male of sexually inappropriate conduct has been removed from St. Isidore Catholic Church in Bloomingdale, church officials confirmed Wednesday.

A DuPage County State’s Attorney investigation into the matter did not find enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against Rev. Jerry Simonelli, said Tom Norton, the church’s executive administrator. However, during the Diocese of Joliet’s investigation, officials discovered that Simonelli had violated the church’s vow of celibacy in a past relationship with a man, according to Bishop J. Peter Sartain’s executive assistant Doug Delaney.

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