Diocesan Review Board Chairman Resigns in Disgust Following Bishop Weldon Report

The chairman of the Springfield Catholic Diocese’s volunteer Review Board resigned in the wake of the release of a report finding late Bishop Christopher Weldon raped a young boy.

John Hale, who served on the volunteer board that hears clergy abuse allegations for 14 years, said he resigned in disgust in the wake of the report, authored by retired Judge Peter A. Velis at the request of the diocese.

The report was released in late June, rocked the local church and will prompt the purging of Weldon’s name from a medical building, his photographs stripped from walls and his body exhumed and banished to a less prominent place in Gates of Heaven Cemetery.

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