05 September 2018, The Tablet

Priests arrested for 'lewd' behaviour

by Edward Kendall

Two Catholic priests, one from the Chicago archdiocese and one from Columbia serving in Chicago, have been arrested in Miami for lewd behaviour and indecent exposure.

On Tuesday morning two Catholic priests were arrested in Miami, Florida, USA and charged with lewd behaviour and indecent exposure. The priests Father Edwin Giraldo Cortes, a Columbian priest, and Father Diego Berrio, pastor of Misión San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

In a statement following the arrests, the arcdiocese said that the Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich “has removed Fr. Berrio from ministry and withdrawn his faculties to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago, effective immediately. The archdiocese will appoint an administrator for the Misión San Juan Diego as soon as possible.”

The statement described Fr. Cortes as “an extern priest from Soacha, Columbia who served at St. Aloysius Parish in Chicago for one month, August 1 to August 31, 2018.”

It said: “Archdiocese representatives have been in contact with Fr. Cortes’ home diocese of Soacha, Columbia and informed them that Fr. Cortes will not be granted additional faculties to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago.”

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