March 10, 2005

Pilarczyk suspends 3 more priests

Cincinnati Enquirer

By Dan Horn
Enquirer staff writer

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati suspended three priests Wednesday because of accusations they abused children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Church officials said the decision to suspend the priests - Michael Paraniuk, Stanley Doerger and David Vincent - came after an independent tribunal awarded compensation payments earlier this week to their accusers.

Paraniuk is chaplain at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Doerger worked for years at St. Rita's School for the Deaf and Vincent is a former teacher at Elder High School.

All three have denied the allegations, and one complained Wednesday that it was unfair to base his suspension on the tribunal's decision to pay his accuser.

"I'm not saying this person wasn't abused, but it wasn't by me," Paraniuk said. "I never met the accuser, I don't know the accuser and I never ministered to the accuser. I am innocent."

Posted by kshaw at March 10, 2005 08:14 AM