Three priests accused of sexually abusing children four decades ago have been identified by the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese.
In a news release, the diocese said two priests, the Rev. John Brath and Monsignor John Rynish, have died. Brath died in 2014 and Rynish in 2001.
A third priest, Rev. Fred Lutz, retired in 2011 from active ministry.
According to the diocese, each priest is accused of committing sexual abuse in the 1970s, but some of the allegations were made recently.