Priest Suspended after Sex Abuse Allegations
Board Found Allegations to Be Credible

NewsNet5 [Cleveland OH]
November 4, 2003

CLEVELAND -- A Roman Catholic priest has been suspended over allegations that he sexually abused boys from a large churchgoing family in the 1970s.

Rev. J. Brendan McNulty, pastor of SS. Philip and James Church in Cleveland, was the 17th priest of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese to be suspended under such circumstances and the second in as many months.

A review board found the allegations to be credible and recommended to Bishop Anthony M. Pilla that McNulty be placed on administrative leave, said William Crosby, a lawyer for the family of the alleged victims.

McNulty cooperated in the investigation, diocesan spokesman Bob Tayek said Monday.

The priest, who has moved out of the church's rectory, could not be reached for comment. There is no phone listing for him at the church address.

None of the cases involving suspended priests from the diocese has been resolved and none of the priests has returned to ministry.

Pilla has said any priest who has committed even a single act of sexual abuse of a minor would be permanently removed from the ministry.

The Cleveland diocese has 235 parishes with more than 800,000 Catholics and about 340 priests in eight northeast Ohio counties.


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