Abuse Allegations Investigated

April 4, 2009

[Link to The Steubenville Register, diocesan newspaper, page 4]

STEUBENVILLE - Allegations of child abuse by a now deceased Diocese of Steubenville priest are now under investigation by church and civil authorities.

A statement by Bishop R. Daniel Conlon in the diocesan publication, The Steubenville Register, said the diocese had received, "what it considers to be a substantiated allegation of abuse of a minor child by Father John B. Nazam."

Nadzam died in February 2005.

According to Conlon's statement, "the incident of abuse was described as having occurred in the 1970s."

"Diocesan officials, acting in accord with the Diocese of Steubenville, 'Decree on Child Protection' notified local civil authorities when they first learned of the allegations.

Nadzam was ordained a priest in 1950 and served at several parishes in the diocese as well as a teacher at Catholic Central High School.

"If anyone has been abused by Father Nadzam, or anyone else connected to the Diocese of Steubenville, he or she should contact Msgr. Kurt H. Kemo, vicar general of the diocese by telephone at (740) 282-3631 as well as local civil authorities," said Conlon.

"When allegations are made concerning child abuse, they are dealt with in a straightforward and compassionate manner. We are committed to full compliance with state law and church policy on abuse. At the same time, I ask for prayers for those who are victims of child abuse and for those who are perpetrators of child abuse, particularly within the Catholic Church," Conlon stated.


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