October 10, 2005

Accused ex-priest relieved of duties

Albuquerque Tribune

By Joline Gutierrez Krueger
Tribune Reporter
October 10, 2005

Retired Albuquerque priest Ronald Bruckner has been relieved of remaining churchly duties a decade after he was first accused of sexually abusing minors.

An attorney for Bruckner says the Archdiocesan Permanent Review Board, which made the recommendation, hasn't had time to consider the underlying facts in the case. But an advocacy group for victims of priest abuse is asking why it took the board and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe so long to chastise Bruckner.

Bruckner, 72, was placed on restricted status effective Sept. 16 after a unanimous recommendation from the review board.

Archbishop Michael Sheehan said the board concluded "there were credible allegations" of sexual abuse of minors.

Under restricted status, Bruckner will not be allowed to wear a Roman collar or exercise priestly duties, but Sheehan said Bruckner still will receive his pension.

Posted by kshaw at October 10, 2005 03:21 PM