April 09, 2006

Local priest accused of sexual abuse


By Cathy Shafran
ZILWAUKEE (WJRT) - (04/08/06)-- There are tears of shock and disappointment tonight as members of a Zilwaukee Catholic Parish learn their trusted priest is being investigated for sexual misconduct.

The news was told to parishioners at St. Matthews Parish tonight during a Palm Sunday Mass.

It was the Bishop of the Saginaw Diocese who shared with parishioners today news that their pastor, Father Richard Szafranski, had been put on administrative leave while charges of sexual transgression against him were investigated.

It was difficult news for all.

"I'm so angry with him, it's not even funny. I've heard rumors. I'm angry, I'm just so angry and hurt because he betrayed us. I feel he betrayed us...this is not the way our priests are supposed to be," said Helen Rewley.

Posted by kshaw at April 9, 2006 07:08 AM