Priest Ousted in Sex Case
Detroit Archdiocese Also Renders Two Inactive over Sexual Misconduct Allegations
By Gregg Krupa
Detroit Free Press [Michigan]
June 6, 2006
The Vatican dismissed a former pastor of All Saints Catholic Church in Richmond Township from the priesthood and permanently removed two other priests from active ministry after investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct, the Archdiocese of Detroit announced Monday.
Anthony Conti, 57, formerly of the All Saints parish in northern Macomb County and whose name was formerly Anthony Helinski, is no longer a priest. The Rev. Edmund Borycz, 65, formerly of St. Michael Parish in Livonia, and the Rev. Michael Malawy, 51, formerly of St. Joseph Parish in Maybee, in Monroe County, were rendered permanently inactive from the ministry. While Borycz and Malawy officially remain clerics, they may not participate in the ministry or represent themselves publicly as priests.
None of the three could be reached for comment on Monday. Borycz and Conti were removed from their parishes in 2002. Malawy was removed in 2004.
"Let us hope these findings will be helpful in bringing about both resolution and healing for all involved," said the Rev. Ricardo Bass, delegate of Cardinal Adam Maida, in a letter dated Monday to all priests in the archdiocese.
The cases against all three men, according to the archdiocese, involved allegations of sexual misconduct.
The most recent decisions by the Vatican mean that 18 of the 24 cases referred by the archdiocese since 2004 have been resolved. The archdiocese awaits word on the other six cases.
"The archdiocese continues to provide counseling and support to victims of clergy sex abuse," said Ned McGrath, archdiocese communications department director. "Anyone who has been the victim of clergy sex abuse is encouraged to contact us by calling, toll-free, (866) 343-8055."
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