Priest to Get His Tribunal
By Steve Dunleavy email@example.com
New York Post
January 7, 2006
January 7, 2006 -- After four years of trying to clear his name, a Bronx priest accused of sexual abuse will get his day in court — or at least a Vatican-ordered tribunal, the Archdiocese of New York said yesterday.
Msgr. Charles M. Kavanagh, once a leading figure in the Catholic Church's hierarchy, was suspended in May 2002 amid allegations he had molested an ex-seminarian — which he vehemently denies.
"This is what I have constantly asked for from the outset, a full and fair judicial process within the church," said the priest of 42 years, a veritable fixture at St. Raymond's parish in The Bronx.
Meanwhile, his lawyer, John Dearie, an ex-Bronx assemblyman who was baptized, took communion and was confirmed at St. Raymond's, took issue with the archdiocese's spin on the latest news.
"The press release [makes it sound] like giving the monsignor a hearing was all their idea, not the Vatican's," he said, adding that the archdiocese had repeatedly blocked a trial.
"The good news," he said, "is the trial will not be held by the archdiocese in New York."
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