Hiv-positive Priest in Fort Worth Is Dead

By Bruce Tomaso
The Dallas Morning News

August 13, 2008

Sam Hodges has the story, on

The Rev. Philip Anthony Magaldi, a Fort Worth Catholic priest who was the subject of "credible" sexual misconduct allegations, has died at 72.

He had been removed from active ministry after reports of sexual misconduct were made to the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. The diocese, a spokesman said, received repeated complaints about the priest's conduct with boys and young men.

In February, it was revealed that Father Magaldi had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

In 2006, Bishop Kevin Vann requested remove Father Magaldi from clerical status. The request was pending at the time of his death.

A news release from the diocese follows the jump.

Magaldi Passes Away

Father Philip Anthony Magaldi has passed away, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth announced Wednesday.

Magaldi, 72, died Tuesday in a North Texas health care facility.

In February, Magaldi acknowledged to diocesan officials that he was HIV positive.

Magaldi was removed from active ministries in 1999 by the late Bishop Joseph Delaney after allegations of sexual misconduct arose in Rhode Island and Fort Worth.

Because of credible allegations of sexual misconduct, Bishop Vann removed all his faculties in 2006 and requested "laicization" of Magaldi, which was a request to remove Magaldi from clerical status. The request for the laicization process at the Holy See was pending at the time of his death. Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island Bishop Thomas J. Tobin supported the requested for laicization.

"We pray for the repose of his soul," the diocese said.

Magaldi will be cremated and buried with his parents in Florida, according to his instructions.


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