October 12, 2005

Three area priests removed from ministry

Dayton Daily News

By the Associated Press

CINCINNATI | Two priests accused of sexual abuse and placed on administrative leave have been returned to active ministry, while three others have been permanently removed from ministry.

Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk said Wednesday that the Rev. David Vincent and the Rev. Michael Paraniuk can return to the ministry. They were put on leave in March when an independent panel awarded compensation to people who accused the two priests of abuse. Pilarczyk determined after an investigation that the complaints could not be substantiated.

"I'm absolutely elated," Paraniuk said Wednesday. "I feel vindicated, and I am anxious to move forward and do God's work."

There was no Cincinnati telephone listing for Vincent.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a national support organization for clergy abuse victims, said it was dismayed and shocked by the reinstatements.

Posted by kshaw at October 12, 2005 06:17 PM