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Board delays action on Bernardin case.

A board that reviews priests accused of sexual misconduct decided Dec. 11 to postpone its review of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin until more information on charges against him is available.

In a statement, the nine-member Fitness and Review Board said Steven Cook "has not provided any more information regarding the allegation against Cardinal Bernardin other than what the board has received through the public record."

The board decided to wait on the first stage of Bernardin's review for six months or until a civil lawsuit against the cardinal is settled.

Bernardin set up the board after other priests in the Chicago archdiocese were accused of sexual abuse. It can order the removal of a priest.

Cook claimed in a $10 million lawsuit that Bernardin and another priest sexually assaulted him while he was a seminary student in Cincinnati between 1975 and 1977.
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Title Annotation:Cardinal Joseph Bernardin sexual misconduct allegations
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Date:Dec 24, 1993
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