Allentown Diocese Removes 2 Priests over Sexual Abuse Allegations

By Brett Hambright
Reading Eagle
September 27, 2010

The Diocese of Allentown has removed two area priests from the ministry based on sexual abuse allegations dating to the 1980s, spokesman Matthew Kerr said Sunday.

One of the priests was a pastor in Reading at the time of his dismissal; the other committed the alleged crime here, Kerr said.

The Rev. Andrew A. Ulincy, 74, who had been pastor at St. Paul's Church on North Ninth Street, abused a minor in 1981 when he was serving in Bethlehem, according to the allegations.

Monsignor Bernard Flanagan, 54, who last served in Shenandoah, was accused of abusing a minor in 1985 when he worked at Central Catholic High School.

Both have been banned from serving publicly as priests. Bishop John O. Barres announced the decisions during Mass at the affected parishes this weekend.

Kerr said recent allegations from the two victims led to the dismissals. The incidents are unrelated, he said.

"The diocese had new information to act on," Kerr said Sunday night. "The fact that they have been removed shows the diocese takes these (allegations) very seriously."

There was no information given about Flanagan's victim. Ulincy's was not associated with his church, Kerr said.

The diocese has turned over information to law enforcement, he said. Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said Sunday that he wasn't familiar with Flanagan's case.

Ulincy was ordained in 1966. He served at Holy Rosary before St. Paul's. Flanagan was ordained in 1982. He served in an educational role at St. Paul's in the 1980s.

Both men also served in Schuylkill and Carbon counties and in the Lehigh Valley.

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