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updated: 9/18/2012 6:09 PM

Diocese reverses decision to reinstate priest

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Associated Press

The Joliet Diocese has reversed itself and revoked the reinstatement of an Illinois priest who was suspended in 2010 after allegations he had a sexual relationship with a teenager in the 1970s.

Last week, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon returned the Rev. F. Lee Ryan to limited ministry because the allegation he had relationship with a teenager in the 1970s did not meet the criteria of a crime under church law at that time.

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Conlon said Tuesday he again placed Ryan on leave because of the need of the Catholic Church to restore trust after the child abuse scandal.

A now-52-year-old Florida man alleges he and Ryan had a relationship when he was 14.

Ryan was to minister to homebound parishioners of Watseka's St. Edmund Catholic Church and Crescent City's St. Joseph Mission.

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