Vatican investigating former Scranton priest
July 6, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is sending officials to Paraguay to investigate activities of a priest accused of abusing children when he served the Diocese of Scranton.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests released a statement last week citing a Washington Post article about the Vatican investigation into Monsignor Carlos Urrutigoity. The priest was accused more than a decade ago of abusing children when he worked at the St. Gregory’s Academy in Elmhurst, a residential school.
In 2002, a former St. Gregory’s student filed a federal suit against Monsignor Urrutigoity and another priest, claiming abuse. That lawsuit was settled for a reported $380,000 in 2005.
In February, Monsignor Urrutigoity was named the vicar general of the Diócesis de Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. In an emailed statement, SNAP director David Clohessy said, “While we are very skeptical of internal church investigations, we are glad at least something is happening about this troubling case.”