Fr. Freddie Byrd
Diocese: Diocese of Owensboro KY
Pastor of St. Ann’s in Morganfield KY when suspended from ministry in 6/16, due to allegations he sexually abused a 17-year-old boy in 1983, prior to ordination. In 2008 a 23-year-old man shot and killed himself outside of Byrd’s then-parish, Blessed Mother; the man mentioned Byrd in a suicide note. He wrote that he had experienced “pain and torment” because of sexual abuse in the Catholic church, but did not name an abuser. Of Byrd, the man wrote, “I forgive you.” Reinstated in 9/16. Per the diocese, “…the Diocesan Review Board further explored the information that has been compiled and counseled the bishop that there was insufficient information to substantiate the allegation.”
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