November 11, 2005

Providence diocese bars accused priest from celebrating Mass


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Diocese of Providence has ordered a priest accused of child abuse to stop saying Mass.

Louis Diogo had been saying Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church in East Providence for several years, but the diocese was not aware of it, Monsignor Paul Theroux said.

Diogo officially retired and moved out of state in 1993, after his cousin Ana Farias told the diocese that he had abused her and her sister in the 1950s and 1960s.

The statute of limitations had run out by the time Farias came forward, and Diogo was never charged criminally. He has denied the accusation, but Theroux said the diocese found Farias credible.

Posted by kshaw at November 11, 2005 09:21 AM