Dispute resolved in the proposed ‘rapist’ priests tombstone

WHEATON, Illinois. – A man who wanted to install a headstone in a suburban Chicago cemetery, which proclaimed his late mother and the support for the victims of the “rapist” priests has reached a decision with a Roman Catholic diocese.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet refused the proposed marker for Marguerite Ridgeway because it included what the diocese called “explicit language.” The diocese is the owner of the suburban Wheaton cemetery where Ridgeway is buried.

But The Chicago Tribune reports Ridgeway’s son, Jack Ruhl, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, recently compromised with diocese officials on an alternate epitaph, which reads: “They supported priest sexual abuse victims.”

The marker was installed Dec. 22 for the western suburbs, Lisle wife, who died in 2015.

Diocese spokesman Edward Flavin said church officials are pleased with the resolution and has no further comment.


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