|Little Italy Priest
By Dan Rodricks
December 3, 2007
Maria Serafini, a parishoner at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Little Italy, passes along this information about the ousted pastor, Father Mike Salerno, who was removed from the parish because of an allegation that he sexually abused a teenage boy in New York some 30 years ago:
For all of us who are concerned, here's some information on Fr. Mike:
He is being "well cared for" by the Pallotines.
He was able to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with his family.
He has been receiving his letters and gifts from the parishioners through the rectory--including some cigars. (On Wednesdays, Fr. Sal delivers the letters/packages to Fr. Sticco, who then delivers the package to Fr. Mike).
He has asked for some clothing and it has been sent to him.
Also mentioned in the meeting is that after this investigation is concluded (however long that may take), the Holy See decides whether or not Fr. Mike will be reinstated to his priestly duties and the Pallotines/local Archdiocese decide where he will be assigned.
We have not given up hope. This has really opened our eyes as to how much Fr. Mike has impacted so many people in a positive way.
Please keep praying and look for an email from us soon with more information on a plan of action.
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