NY Deacon Removed From Church Following Abuse Allegations

ABC News

[with video]

Sept. 29, 2013

The Archdiocese of New York has removed a deacon from the church over allegations that he abused minors.

Albert Mazza was removed from the Holy Name of Mary Parish in Croton-on-Hudson, NY., after an investigation by police revealed that there was evidence he had allegedly abused minors, according to a statement from church officials.

The announcement was made by Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan in a letter to the parishioners of Mazza’s church. The letter was read during Sunday mass by Father Edward Weber, the director of priest personnel for the Archdiocese of New York.

According to Dolan’s letter, an investigation by the Westchester district attorney found credible evidence of abuse, but prosecutors were “precluded by state law” from bringing charges.

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