Suit Claims Rockford Diocese Ignored Abuse

(Rockford, IL) — A group that advocates for victims of sex abuse by priests is calling on the Diocese of Rockford to help find more victims of former priest John Holdren, now that a new suit has been filed. A man who lives in Maryland but grew up in Aurora claims Holdren sexually assaulted him between the ages of seven and nine in the early 1970s. The suit also claims the diocese knew or should have known about Holdren’s activities, yet did nothing to stop him. A spokeswoman for the diocese had no comment on the suit, but said Holdren is no longer active in the church.