Statement by Most Rev. Daniel E. Pilarczyk

By Archbishop of Cincinnati
January 13, 2005

"Thomas Kuhn, a priest on administrative leave from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, today appeared before Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Katherine Huffman to face charges that he has violated conditions of his parole.

"This is another sad day for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. I want there to be no doubt that I find Thomas Kuhn's actions that led to this day deeply disturbing. I fully expected him to meet all of the restrictions and requirements imposed upon him by the court and I told him so. That he apparently has not done so is shocking and inexplicable.

"Administrative leave, barring a priest from exercising any priestly functions, is the strongest penalty that I can impose on my own authority as archbishop. Last July I said that the Archdiocese would do everything possible to move forward the canonical (Church) process that could lead to Thomas Kuhn's permanent removal from the priesthood. We have done that. The canonical case remains in process at the Vatican. We will be forwarding the facts of these most recent actions to be considered as part of that process.

"I wish to re-emphasize today that I deeply regret the behavior that led to Thomas Kuhn's original conviction and sentencing. I apologize once again for the harm that his actions have caused to victims, to their families and friends, and to members of the Church as a whole.

"Once more I urge anyone who was abused as a child by a priest or any other representative of the Archdiocese, or knows someone who was, to report the abuse immediately to the secular legal authorities and to the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Father Joseph Binzer, at (513) 421-3131."


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