Priest under Investigation for Misconduct

February 11, 2009

CUBA, N.M. -- Allegations of misconduct spark an investigation into a Catholic priest in Cuba.

The new Diocese of Gallup placed Father John Boland on administrative leave after reviewing his file in preparation for a transfer.

The former pastor of Immaculate Conception was accused of committing misconduct with a juvenile in the early 1980s. Those charges were dismissed.

Regardless, the diocese's charter for "The Protection of Children and Youth" demands an investigation be conducted.

Some parishioners say they were devastated by the news. "It was completely quiet. Several people were crying, several people stayed and prayed there at the church after mass was over. And, like I say, everybody's just like devastated like we just can't believe the allegations that have been brought up," said Lilly Dominguez.

Father Boland is not permitted to celebrate the sacraments or conduct any public ministry as a Catholic priest during the investigation.


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