October 13, 2005

2 priests cleared of charges

Cincinnati Enquirer

By Dan Horn
Enquirer staff writer

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati cleared two suspended priests of sexual abuse allegations Wednesday and will allow them to return to work in parishes within a few weeks.

Church officials said they spent about six months investigating the abuse claims and could not find enough evidence to support the accusations against the Rev. Michael Paraniuk and the Rev. David Vincent.

Both priests will be assigned to parishes in the 19-county archdiocese and will not have restrictions on their contact with children.

The decision to reinstate the priests is a first for the archdiocese. Although 14 Greater Cincinnati priests have been disciplined for misconduct since 2001, no one accused of child abuse had been allowed to go back to work.

Posted by kshaw at October 13, 2005 09:06 AM