Priests question fund appeal for camp cited in Bishop Weldon abuse report

The Berkshire Eagle

July 16, 2020

By Larry Parnass

Like all camps that can’t open this summer, the one the Springfield Diocese owns alongside a cool mountain reservoir is hurting for money.

This week, the Dalton priest who runs Camp Holy Cross passed the hat.

“If you are able to help, please send a donation,” the Rev. Christopher Malatesta, the camp’s executive director and leader of Dalton’s St. Agnes Parish, wrote in an email sent to all priests in the Catholic diocese. “We are looking for donations in any amount.”

What he got instead, from at least two priests, was censure. That’s because the camp’s name was linked to clergy sexual abuse in the independent report released June 24 by retired Judge Peter A. Velis.

Velis says that in the course of evaluating a Chicopee man’s allegations against former Bishop Christopher J. Weldon, he and his investigator zeroed in on the possibility that assaults occurred at the Goshen camp in the early 1960s.

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