January 19, 2006

Pastor Removed from Diocese


The Catholic Diocese of Columbus is removing a Columbus priest from ministry in the Catholic Church.

The move follows a diocesan investigation of an allegation made against Fr. Samuel E. Ritchey, and a recommendation by the Diocesan Board of Review for the Protection of Children.

The alleged abuse occurred in 1977, and was reported on December 14, 2005. The allegation was then reported to Children Services in Fairfield and Franklin County. The Diocese says this is the first time an individual has come forward to accuse Fr. Ritchey of abuse.

Posted by kshaw at January 19, 2006 04:13 PM