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Central DuPage Hospital ousts chaplain following allegations of inappropriate behavior

Central DuPage Hospital has removed the Rev. Thomas Corbino, a Catholic priest who was a chaplain at the facility, due to allegations he had inappropriate contact with young people in the past.

Corbino had been serving as a chaplain at the hospital in Winfield for the past year after being reassigned from St. Pius X Church in Lombard.

In an email, the hospital announced it would no longer use the services offered by Corbino, who served as a volunteer chaplain. The hospital has been receiving pressure from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests group to get rid of Corbino.

SNAP President Barbara Blaine said there have been concerns raised about Corbino within the group during the past few weeks and that an article she read a few months ago about the Joliet Diocese’s practice of reassigning priests that have been charged with inappropriate conduct “proved to be the trigger.”

“The Diocese’s decision to put a priest in another position after he has been accused of inappropriate conduct was of interest to me since that’s what my home parish — the Diocese of Toledo — did with one perpetrator,” Blaine said. “They told me then that the priest would be monitored and that this was safe for kids, and yet things got worse. I was concerned when I learned Corbino had been moved to this position after he resigned on April 11 of 2012 from St. Pius.”

Blaine said that Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of the Joliet Diocese was made aware of allegations against Corbino back in August 2011 and that the priest “went into treatment” in January of 2012 and was going to be returned to St. Pius until a public outcry against him forced the church to rescind that decision. He was later reassigned at the hospital where his services were said to be monitored.

Spokesman for the Joliet Diocese Jim Dwyer said the Diocese “has cooperated fully with the state’s attorney” and that an independent review board which reviewed the case for the Diocese “found inappropriate behavior but no credible, substantiated abuse.”

“Because Father Corbino’s behavior was found to be inappropriate, we erred on the side of caution,” Dwyer said. “It was not found to be sexual abuse. We are open to anyone coming forward at any time with new information about anyone in the Diocese and we would urge them to come forward.”

Dwyer said information about Corbino was shared a year and a half ago with officials from both Will and DuPage counties and that the Diocese “understands why the hospital has taken action.”

“We understand that the hospital is no longer comfortable and that it can’t have people picketing outside on the property (about the chaplain),” he said. “As far as the Diocese’s part in this, we again note that it has been determined that there was inappropriate behavior on the part of Father Corbino but there is no evidence of sexual abuse.”

Christopher King, public relations manager for Cadence Heath, said Corbino’s dismissal came after the receipt of information “that was reviewed by the system leadership group” at the hospital.

“We received information from the SNAP group and ... Fr. Corbino was dismissed from his duties,” King said. “We have no reason to believe any inappropriate behavior occurred on the CDH campus.”

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