October 12, 2005

Two Priests Suspended On Sex Claims Reinstated


POSTED: 11:33 am EDT October 12, 2005
UPDATED: 3:27 pm EDT October 12, 2005

CINCINNATI -- Two priests accused of sexual abuse have been cleared, and three others previously suspended have been dismissed, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said Wednesday.

The Rev. Michael Paraniuk and the Rev. David Vincent have returned to active ministry after an investigation by the archdiocese, the archdiocese said.

Francis Massarella and Thomas Hopp were permanently removed by the Vatican, and Keith Albrecht was canonically dismissed.

Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk put Paraniuk and Vincent on administrative leave in March after an independent tribunal awarded compensation to persons who had accused them of sexual abuse. The tribunal subsequently announced that it had based its awards primarily on information from claimants and that payments did not suggest there was sufficient proof that the priests were guilty.

Posted by kshaw at October 12, 2005 02:38 PM