Accused priest cleared [USA]

March 23, 2004

A Wheaton priest accused in a lawsuit of sexual abuse was exonerated Monday when his accuser recanted the story.The Rev. Thomas White returned as pastor of St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church after five months of administrative leave during the investigation.White said he was elated at the news and has forgiven his accuser. On Monday evening, he celebrated a thanksgiving Mass, his first at St. Daniel’s since October.”I thank God for all my people and all their prayers,” White said. “I know that somewhere, at sometime along the line, I will be able to recognize how this all fits into my life.”James Tibor, 35, of Aurora withdrew his lawsuit in Will County circuit court, saying he never had any physical contact with White and never was alone with him.

Daily Herald [USA]


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