April 27, 2006

Two Missouri priests removed over abuse allegations

News Tribune

Associated Press Writer

Two small-town Roman Catholic priests have been removed from active service by the Diocese of Jefferson City following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The diocese is investigating claims against the Rev. Louis E. Dorn of St. Joseph Catholic Church in the northeast Missouri town of Louisiana and the Rev. John Joseph Schutty of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in the Osage County town of Meta, church officials said Wednesday.

“We're following policy,” said Sister Ethel-Marie Biri, chancellor for the diocese. “It does not presume guilt.”

The allegations do not stem from either priest's current parish, she said.

“They're from years ago,” said Biri, who referred to the action as “administrative leaves.”

Posted by kshaw at April 27, 2006 08:25 AM