Indiana bishop cleared after sexual abuse investigation

HARRISBURG, Pa.: A Pennsylvania prosecutor on Thursday cleared a Roman Catholic bishop who presides over an Indiana diocese of wrongdoing after questions arose about a relationship he had with a young man he counselled decades ago.

Investigators found no evidence of wrongdoing by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne and South Bend, who offered spiritual counselling as a parish priest in Pennsylvania to a young man identified only as J.T., who died in 1996.

“All of Bishop Rhoades’ contact with J.T. was in the context of pastoral care and…

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