Local priest put on leave by Diocese
January 24, 2016
CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. -- The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown said that the Rev. Charles F. Bodziak has been placed on leave from the ministry.
Bodziak's leave is said to be a precautionary measure while the diocese re-examines an earlier allegation of sexual misconduct involving minors dating back over 30 years.
The diocese said Bodziak, 74, was ordained in 1967 and has served as a pastor of St. Michael Parish in St. Michael since 2010.
Parishoners of St. Michael were notified this weekend of Bodziak's leave from Mass.
The bishop plans to appoint a temporary administrator for the parish.
Bishop Mark Bartchak offered his prayers for all affected in this case, and he reiterated what he has
stated in the past: "Children are a precious gift from God, and the church must always take the
necessary steps to ensure their well-being."