Bishop Matthew Clark Visits Hornell

Evening Tribune
May 23, 2010

Bishop Matthew Clark said Friday that he wishes for all the prayers possible for Father Paul Schnacky.

In a statement issued May 16, the Diocese announced that it is investigating a complaint alleging Schnacky, a retired 81-year-old priest that lives in Hornell, had improper conduct with minors while serving as a priest in the 1970s.

"I would ask for prayers for all of those who are involved until we come to a resolution," said Clark, who is head of the Catholic Diocese of Rochester. "I would not say much more than please pray for father and all that are involved with this that it will come to a peaceful and just resolution.

"Other than that, (the investigation) is in progress so I don't want to make any other comments about that," said Clark when asked for additional information.

Schnacky was serving as an associate pastor at St. Philip Neri, in Rochester, at the time of the allegations.

He has been relieved of his duties and is prohibited from exercising public ministry.

Clark was in Hornell to hold a special service at St. Ann's Church.

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