Bishop: Priest Admits Misconduct

Sun-Sentinel [Fort Lauderdale FL]
October 29, 1997

A Roman Catholic priest has admitted engaging in sexual misconduct with four men when they were in their teens, his bishop said.

The admission by the Rev. Richard Castillo, 43, came after months of evaluation and treatment, the Most Rev. John H. Ricard, bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, said on Monday.

"These admissions effectively relieve Father Castillo of any pastoral duties in the diocese," Ricard said. "The Diocese deeply regrets the injuries caused by one of its own priests and offers a sincere apology to those who were injured."

Castillo was relieved of his duties at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Quincy in April. He enrolled himself in a church-run medical center to undergo a mental evaluation and is continuing to receive treatment there, Ricard said.


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