Toronto priest removed from ministry

Catholic Register – Archdiocese of Toronto

August 20, 2020

The Archdiocese of Toronto has removed from ministry a Salesian priest accused of abuse against a minor in the Archdiocese of New York dating back to the late 1970s or early 1980s.

The archdiocese was made aware earlier this week that Fr. Nino Cavoto, pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Toronto’s west end, is facing accusations from his time at a parish in the New York archdiocese where he served between 1979 and 1983. There have been no allegations of misconduct against him since he arrived in the Toronto archdiocese in 1983.

“Following our procedure relating to allegations of misconduct, the Archdiocese of Toronto has removed Fr. Cavoto from ministry pending the investigation,” the archdiocese said in a news release. “He is entitled to due process, as is any accused individual.”

The archdiocese looks upon allegations of misconduct as “an urgent matter” and is following its full “Procedure for Cases of Alleged Misconduct” protocol in the matter, added the release.

In the interim, Fr. Chris Cauchi has been appointed administrator at Our Lady of Sorrows.

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