January 07, 2006

PRIEST TO GET HIS TRIBUNAL

NEW YORK
New York Post

By STEVE DUNLEAVY

January 7, 2006 -- After four years of trying to clear his name, a Bronx priest accused of sexual abuse will get his day in court or at least a Vatican-ordered tribunal, the Archdiocese of New York said yesterday.
Msgr. Charles M. Kavanagh, once a leading figure in the Catholic Church's hierarchy, was suspended in May 2002 amid allegations he had molested an ex-seminarian which he vehemently denies.

"This is what I have constantly asked for from the outset, a full and fair judicial process within the church," said the priest of 42 years, a veritable fixture at St. Raymond's parish in The Bronx.

Meanwhile, his lawyer, John Dearie, an ex-Bronx assemblyman who was baptized, took communion and was confirmed at St. Raymond's, took issue with the archdiocese's spin on the latest news.

Posted by kshaw at January 7, 2006 08:37 AM