November 01, 2005

Priest still on duty despite settlement

The Connecticut Post


In its state record-breaking $22 million settlement to 43 victims of abuse by 14 priests, the Archdiocese of Hartford included payment to two men who claimed they were abused by the Rev. William Przybylo.

But archdiocese officials Monday said they are not relieving Przybylo of his duties and in fact, are dubious of the allegations against the priest.

"These two men are very credible and were found to be credible by U.S. Magistrate Judge William Garfinkel," said their lawyer, Cindy Robinson, of the Bridgeport law firm Tremont and Sheldon.

Archdiocese spokesman Rev. John Gatzak said Przybylo, who is currently at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Hartford, has been allowed to remain active because the archdiocese and its Sexual Misconduct Review Board could not substantiate allegations against him.

Robinson said her two clients claim in 1976, when they were 11 and 12, they were abused by Przybylo at Holy Cross Church and school in New Britain. Przybylo was principal of the school and in charge of the altar boys.

Posted by kshaw at November 1, 2005 03:45 AM