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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A lawsuit filed against Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend claims the bishop knew about, and concealed, child sex abuse during his tenure with the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa.

67-year-old Donald Asbee told reporters he sexually abused by priests while serving as an altar boy at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Milton, Pa., reports WNDU-TV.

Asbee claims Bishop Rhoades and another bishop knew about the abuse.

In a statement, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend said Bishop Rhoades was a child when the abuse reportedly took place. The Diocese said Rhoades is “confident” the litigation process will show he did nothing wrong.

Full statement from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend:

“Bishop Rhoades was saddened to learn of the horrific acts of child sexual abuse that Mr. Asbee alleges occurred within the Diocese of Harrisburg. Bishop Rhoades was himself less than 10 years old when these incidents purportedly occurred. He is confident the litigation process will show that he did nothing wrong.

In all instances where he was aware of a credibly accused priest, Bishop Rhoades has promptly notified authorities and removed the individual from public ministry. He stands by his record as a Bishop – both in Pennsylvania and Indiana – of protecting victims of child sexual abuse.”

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