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Molesting priest kept on staff after admitting crimes

The hits just keep on coming for the pedophile priests, this time in Alabama.

The Birmingham-based Eternal Word Television Network said the Reverend Real Bourque conducted mass, held weekly Bible study for workers and visitors and gave talks at retreats, but he was not allowed on the air or to be around young people after 1995, when executives say they learned of his past.

Bourque left E-W-T-N in 2002 and now lives in a Catholic retirement facility in Bellville, Illinois. Officials said they were unaware of any allegations of misconduct by Bourque related to his time in Alabama.

In an interview published last week in a Belleville newspaper, Bourque admitted sexually abusing boys in the late 1970s and early 1980s while serving as a priest in Maine and Massachusetts. He has not been charged with any crimes.

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