July 09, 2005

Church defrocks six priests with ties to Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley News

The Archdiocese of New York has defrocked six priests who at one time in their priesthood served parishioners in the Hudson Valley and Catskills, New York Newsday reported.

The decisions came from the Vaticanís Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome.

Two of the six had been convicted of sex abuse in the courts. The newspaper said Patrick Quigley pleaded guilty in 1994 to admitting that he offered several young boys money for sex in Haverstraw. He had served in parishes, among other locations, in Rockland County.

Daniel Calabrese also pleaded guilty in 1992 to charges that he had a sexual encounter with a teenager after he got the boy drunk in a Poughkeepsie rectory, according to the newspaper. He had also served in a parish in Congers.

Among the other defrocked priests identified by Newsday were Kenneth Jesselli, who served in parishes in Westchester County; Ralph LaBelle, who served in Putnam County; and Francis Stinner, who served in parishes in Orange, Sullivan and Westchester counties.

Posted by kshaw at July 9, 2005 09:04 AM