March 22, 2006

Archdiocese confirms alleged sexual misconduct in priest resignation

Seattle Post-Intelligencer


A standing-room crowd of more than 700 parishioners at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle met for two hours Tuesday night with members of the Archdiocese of Seattle but got few answers about the abrupt resignation earlier this month of the church's longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeffrey Sarkies.

Many members of the congregation heard confirmation for the first time that Sarkies' alleged ethics violations did involve an allegation of sexual misconduct, but few details were provided.

Archbishop Alex Brunett was out of town and not in attendance, but the archdiocese informed church members Sunday in a statement included in the Sunday bulletin that the alleged violations were "in the areas of sexual misconduct and harassment."

Representatives of the archdiocese said the allegation came to light shortly after Christmas, and Sarkies, 67, who has been pastor of Holy Rosary since 1992 and attended Holy Rosary School as a child, was then informed an investigation would be conducted.

Posted by kshaw at March 22, 2006 07:25 AM