A Dallas diocese priest accused of abuse was saying mass in Duncanville last fall


January 31, 2019

By Jason Trahan

One of the most recently accused priests on the Dallas diocese list was saying mass at a Duncanville Catholic Church through last fall, church bulletins show.

Father Alejandro “Alex” Buitrago is listed as retired in 2017 and was “removed” from his job as a priest in 2018, according to the Dallas diocese list released Thursday. But there is no exact date of that removal.

WFAA found four online church bulletins – one from June, two from July, and one from September – noting that Fr. Buitrago is a “guest priest” giving a mass, sometimes in Spanish, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Duncanville.

Dallas Diocese Bishop Edward Burns told reporters today during a news conference that he would not address questions about specific priests.

Buitrago was ordained in 1967 and served in several parishes before he retired in 2017 and was removed “with faculties suspended” in 2018.

Buitrago could not be reached Thursday.

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