CHICAGO, IL – When it rains it pours as two priests from the Archdiocese of Chicago were arrested Monday in Miami Beach. According to police, the two priests were allegedly engaged in oral sex inside of a parked car.
One of the priests, Father Diego L. Berrio, was the pastor of Misión San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights, Illinois before being removed from ministry on Monday. Berrio was also appointed this past summer as the interim coordinator of the Office for Extern and International Priests. We can imagine the gossip going on there right now.
Priest number two has been identified as Father Edwin Cortes who listed the Archdiocese of Chicago parish as his address when he was arrested.
The Archdiocese of Chicago released a statement following the arrest of the two priests:
“Father Edwin Cortes is an extern priest from Soacha, Colombia who served at St. Aloysius Parish in Chicago for one month, August 1 to August 31, 2018.
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago has removed Father Berrio from ministry and withdrawn his faculties to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago, effective immediately. The archdiocese will appoint an administrator for the Misión San Juan Diego as soon as possible.
Archdiocese representatives have been in contact with Father Cortes’ home diocese of Soacha, Colombia and informed them that Father Cortes will not be granted additional faculties to minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago,”
Father Diego L. Berrio and Father Edwin Cortes were both charged with lewd conduct. Cortes was also charged with indecent exposure.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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