|Baltimore Archdiocese Removes Accused Priest
January 10, 2010
BALTIMORE — The Archdiocese of Baltimore says it has removed a priest from church duties following allegations of sexual misconduct.
The archdiocese says the abuse allegedly occurred in the mid- to late-1980s while 62-year-old Father John Wielebski was serving at St. Dominic Church in Baltimore and the Monsignor Clare J. O'Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks.
The archdiocese says Wielebski, who denies the allegations, has been removed from the ministry pending an investigation.
Church officials say they delayed announcing the allegations until Sunday in cooperation with an investigation of the case by civil authorities. Archdiocese representatives met Sunday with staff and parishioners at the Resurrection of Our Lord Church in Laurel, where Wielebski is a pastor.
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