October 10, 2005

Priest's public ministry ends in scandal

ALBUQUERQUE (NM)
USA Today

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) Archbishop Michael Sheehan has forbidden a retired Albuquerque priest from participating in public ministry because of credible allegations of sexually abusing a minor.

Sheehan said Sunday he placed Ronald Bruckner on restricted status after a unanimous recommendation from the Archdiocesan Permanent Review Board, which concluded "there were credible allegations."

Bruckner, who is in his 70s, will not be allowed to wear a Roman collar, but Sheehan told the Albuquerque Journal that Bruckner still would receive his pension.

"We keep him in prayer and also the man alleging the misconduct," Sheehan said.

Sheehan said he connected Bruckner with a counseling service in Washington, D.C., where Bruckner is receiving care.

Posted by kshaw at October 10, 2005 10:02 AM