Priest in Scandal Has Wooster Church Ties

Beacon Journal
June 15, 2007

Wooster - A Euclid priest placed on administrative leave because of a child sexual abuse allegation was once assigned to a Wooster church.

The Rev. Patrick Henry worked at St. Mary's in Wooster from August 2002 to May 2003, according to the Diocese of Cleveland.

Henry, pastor of St. Christine parish in Euclid, recently was placed on leave because of a newly reported allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. The person claims the incident happened in the mid-1970s outside of the diocese and before Henry became a priest.

A diocesan review board found the allegation to be credible. The case has been forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican for "its review and determination."

During the investigation, Henry may not minister or wear clerical attire.


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