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Allentown Diocese Removes Two Priests on Sex Abuse Allegations

By Scott Kraus
Morning Call
September 26, 2010

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-allentown-priests-removed-20100926,0,928034.story

The Diocese of Allentown has removed two priests from ministry activities after determining that both face credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor dating back more than two decades.

In an official statement, the Diocese announced that it had removed the following two men from ministry:

Father Andrew A. Ulincy, 74, who had been pastor at St. Paul Church in Reading since 1997. Ulincy's other assignments included stints at Marian High School, Tamaqua; St. Joseph Church, Jim Thorpe; Assumption B.V.M. Church, Mahanoy City; SS. Simon and Jude Church, Bethlehem; St. Michael Church, Lansford; St. Joseph Church, Frackville; and Holy Rosary Church, Reading. The Diocesan Review Board found credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor from 1981.

Monsignor Bernard Flanagan, 54, who had been pastor at Annunciation, St. George and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Churches in Shenandoah and St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek since 2006. Flanagan was ordained in 1982. In 28 years as a priest he has served at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Lehighton; St. Anne Church, Bethlehem; Reading Central Catholic High School; St. Jerome Church, Tamaqua; Nativity BVM High School, Pottsville; Mary Queen of Peace Church, Pottsville; and Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Allentown; before being assigned to Shenandoah. During his years in education, he was in residence at St. Paul Church and St. Catharine of Siena Church, Reading and St. Mary Church, St. Clair. The Diocesan Review Board found credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor dating back approximately 25 years.

In accordance with Diocesan policy, the allegations have been reported to law enforcement officials. Both will attend a treatment facility outside the diocese and be prohibited from functioning publicly as priests.


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