|Catholic Priest with Ties to Whiteville Is Suspended
January 25, 2010
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - A Catholic priest with ties to Whiteville has been formally suspended by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge.
The announcement was made last week on the Raleigh Diocese's website. The suspended priest is Kenneth R. Parker, and while the website does not go into specifics it does say the action is a result of allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor that dates back to 1982.
Father Parker has formally denied the claims against him. A church review board conducted a two month investigation into the case and recommended the suspension to the Bishop.
Parker is 73 years old and was ordained for the Priesthood for the Diocese of Raleigh in 1965. He retired in 1993. During his career he had two stops in South Eastern North Carolina. From 1974 to 1979 he was the Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Whiteville, and ten years later he returned to the same church where he spent the last four years of his career.
Under Catholic guidelines the case is now referred to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Holy See for the next steps in the judicial process.
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