CHICAGO — A priest who formerly served in Bloomington has been removed from ministry again, years after a conviction for manufacturing and selling a date-rape drug.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Ottawa's Catholic parishes removed the Rev. Jeffrey Windy from ministry there in March. Officials found that Windy had involved himself in a criminal court case by visiting a crime victim with the suspect's father, who is a parishioner.
Monsignor James Kruse said Windy didn't consult his superiors before getting involved. Kruse said that shows Windy hasn't overcome "a pattern of imprudence."
Windy was arrested in 2002 while at a different parish and served time in federal prison for manufacturing gamma-hydroxybutyrate. He returned to parish work in 2013 and then served at Holy Trinity and Historic St. Patrick's churches, both in Bloomington, before going to Ottawa in 2017.
Windy's attorney says the diocese is seeking to permanently remove Windy from the priesthood. The attorney says the removal isn't justified.
The Catholic Diocese of Peoria's website currently lists Windy as being on a leave of absence.