January 28, 2006

Priests who abuse betray all Catholics

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

BISHOP Frederick F. Campbell followed church policy by permanently removing the Rev. Samuel E. Ritchey from the ministry once a review board determined an abuse complaint was credible.

Ritchey was a priest at Lancaster and Bremen parishes in the 1980s. He also was a teacher at Fisher Catholic High School.

A complaint alleging Ritchey sexually abused a minor in 1977 was reported to Victim's Assistance Coordinator Monsignor Stephan J. Moloney. Ritchey was a teacher at Fisher Catholic High School from 1975 to 1982.

The diocese placed Ritchey on administrative leave two days after the complaint was lodged.

This incident is the first time someone has come forward to accuse Ritchey of abuse, according to the diocese.

Church members undoubtedly will have questions and concerns they want the church hierarchy to address. They will have an opportunity Feb. 6 when Moloney will be at St. Bernadette Church's parish office in Lancaster to talk to people and offer assistance.

Posted by kshaw at January 28, 2006 09:59 AM