Fort Wayne diocese ID’s 1 more accused sexual abuser

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The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has added one more name to its list of credibly accused sexual abusers, a catalog that has now grown to 21.

Gerald Funcheon, who was ordained in 1965 as a member of the Crosier Congregation but was not a diocesan priest, was added to the list of those credibly accused of abuse of a minor. The diocese began identifying priests and clergy accused of such abuse in September.

Funcheon was ordained in 1965 and served as a teacher and athletic director at Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Syracuse from 1966 until 1969, when he began a four-year crosier assignment outside the diocese. In 1973, Funcheon was appointed as a teacher and Prefect of Discipline at Wawasee Preparatory in Syracuse, where he served until 1975. He served another crosier assignment outside the diocese from 1975 until 1987.

The diocese said Funcheon was removed from ecclesiastical ministry in April 1993.

The diocese did not provide details of the accusation against Funcheon, other than to say he faced one credible allegation.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has now identified 21 officials who have been accused of sexual abuse of a minor. It named 18 in September and two more last month.

“The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend stands firm in its commitment to investigate any allegation of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy and to listen to and support anyone who has been abused,” the diocese wrote on its website.

The diocese has published a full list on its website.

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