January 28, 2005

Creators of Valley Catholic Teen Ministry Sued


(CBS 5 News) - The cofounders of a Roman Catholic church ministry in the Valley are accused of covering up a molestation.

Dale Fushek and Phil Baniewicz were creators of the Life-Teen Program. It's the largest catholic youth organization in the nation.

Now a lawsuit claims Fushek watched as a teenage parishioner was sodomized by another priest in 1985. It also claims the program at St. Timothy's church in Mesa fosters inappropriate sexual behavior.

A spokeswoman for Life Teen denies the claims.

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2005 07:12 PM