Statement from Diocese of Greensburg

Diocese of Greensburg

June 30, 2018

​Priests in Armstrong, Indiana, Fayette and Westmoreland counties were instructed today to announce to every parish at every Mass this weekend that a priest in active ministry was removed from his assignment Friday. An allegation was received by the Diocese of Greensburg on Thursday, June 28, against Father James W. Clark, which dates to events five decades ago, prior to his entrance into the seminary and ordination as a priest, while working as a janitor at the former St. James School in Apollo, Pa.

The primary reason for this unilateral announcement among all the parishes in the Diocese of Greensburg is to remind any victim that we stand ready to help them.

The Diocese followed a policy that has existed for more than 15 years: The allegation was reported immediately to ChildLine and to the District Attorneys of Westmoreland and Armstrong counties. Less than 24 hours after receiving the allegation, Father Clark was removed from his assignment as parochial vicar of St. Mary (Nativity), St. John the Evangelist, St. Therese, Little Flower of Jesus, and St. Joseph Parishes, all in Uniontown, Fayette County, and as chaplain of Uniontown Hospital.

This was the first allegation the Diocese has received involving Father Clark.

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