NY Archdiocese Announces Church Trial for Accused Priest

Associated Press, carried in NEPA News
January 7, 2006

Msgr. Charles M. Kavanagh, once a leading figure in the church hierarchy, was suspended in May 2002 after he was accused of molesting a former seminarian. He has vehemently denied the charges.

Following an internal investigation by the archdiocese, the case was referred to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which determines how to proceed.

The Congregation found the allegations merit a trial.

"I am absolutely delighted that the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith has granted my request for a full and fair trial," Kavanagh said in a statement. "I am fully confident that once I have a chance to present my case, I will be completely vindicated and will return to the ministry that I love."

Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said that because of publicity about the case, the trial will be held in the Diocese of Erie, Pa.

No date has been set for the trial.


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