|Father Keohane Put on Administrative Leave
By Bishop William Justice
St. Cecilia Catholic Church
March 20, 2011
"Last week an allegation of sexual abuse of a young woman surfaced against Father Daniel Keohane, the associate pastor of Saint Cecilia Parish in San Francisco. The alleged abuse took place in the late 1970's when Father Keohane was assigned to the Church of the Epiphany. The Archdiocese has deemed this allegation to be credible (i.e. warranting further investigation), and thus in accord with Archdiocesan policies for the protection of minors, Father Keohane has been place on immediate administrative leave pending a comprehensive investigation. He has denied the allegation.
Also in accord with Archdiocesan policy, the District Attorney has been informed about this allegation. The Independent Review Board of the Archdiocese has been consulted and will be responsible for an evaluation of the findings and a recommendation of action to the Archbishop once the comprehensive investigation has been completed.
Any other allegations of sexual abuse involving Father Keohane should be directed to the civil authorities, and to Archdiocesan Victim Assistance coordinator, Ms. Barbara Elordi. Her secure phone line is 415-614-5506, and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org . Ms. Elordi is also available to assist with any pastoral concerns that may arise as a result of this matter". (March 17, 2011)
Monsignor Harriman asks for your prayers for Father Keohane and everyone involved in this unfortunate situation as the comprehensive investigation runs its course. During this time Father Dan will not be involved in priestly ministry.
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