May 03, 2005

Former Orlando priests accused of sexual abuse

Bradenton Herald


ORLANDO - Two priests who worked in the Orlando area more than a quarter-century ago have been accused of sexually abusing children.

The Diocese of Orlando alerted parishioners of the allegations Sunday. Diocese spokeswoman Carol Brinati said the claims were made last month.

One of the priests involved in the claim died in 1984; the other was removed from the ministry in 1992 after other sexual abuse allegations were made against him. Both served at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs in the 1960s and '70s, though not at the same time.

At St. Mary Magdalen, a letter from Bishop Thomas Wenski was read at Sunday's Mass to announce the allegations. The Rev. Charlie Mitchell urged anyone who knew about the allegations to come forward.

Posted by kshaw at May 3, 2005 05:30 AM