Sullivan said he was deeply sorry for the pain and hardships he caused the woman. He said he was not aware of any official complaint to the archdiocese about the video, but said he reported it to the archdiocese himself.
An updated version of the letter notes that since the time of Father Larry’s comments, there has been an official complaint to the archdiocese.
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago released a statement saying that Sullivan had been asked to step aside while investigations are ongoing. He noted that guilt or innocence should not be assumed, since the allegations have not been investigated or proven true or false.
The cardinal said Sullivan has agreed to cooperate fully with the request and will live away from the parish. He noted that the allegation was reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney.
“The person making the allegation has been offered the services of our Victim Assistance Ministry and the Archdiocese has begun its investigation” Cupich wrote.
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