Blue Point Priest on Leave after Alleged Abuse

By Timothy Bolger
Long Island Press
April 21, 2011

A Blue Point pastor has reportedly been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of suspected abuse.

Rev. Edward D’Andrea, 63, pastor of Our Lady of the Snow on Blue Point Avenue, has been temporarily replaced by Rev. Msgr. John Rowan pending the outcome of an internal investigation, according to multiple local news outlets.

Bishop William Murphy reportedly sent word to parishioners on Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week, which leads up to Easter Sunday, the holiest Christian holiday.

The nature of the allegation as well as where and when the incident occurred is unclear.

Sean Dolan, a spokesman for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, which oversees Roman Catholic churches on Long Island, did not return requests for comment but had been quoted saying officials followed church policy by reporting the allegations to police.

Nassau County, Suffolk County and Rockville Centre village police each said they are not investigating D’Andrea. A New York State Police spokesman was not immediately available for comment.


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