Priests demand Illinois bishop step down

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Days before Bishop Edward K. Braxton was installed in 2005, diocese priests called him to St. Peter Cathedral rectory and threatened to reveal incriminating information about him if he didn't refuse the appointment, Braxton said Thursday in a letter to parishioners.

The revelation was contained in a six-page statement to parishioners released Thursday in which Braxton states he will not resign — his first response to a request signed by 46 priests and made public March 14 that he step down.

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