Two Priests Removed from Duties

September 26, 2010,0,7804699.story

Two priests in the Diocese of Allentown are relieved of their duties after charges of sexual abuse surface more than 20-years after the alleged crimes. Both priests served at parishes in Schuylkill County during their careers.

In a statement from the Diocese of Allentown, a review board found credible allegations of sexual abuse by Monsignor Bernard Flanagan and Father Andrew Ulincy.

Monsignor Flanagan, 54, is the pastor at Annunciation, Saint George and Our Lady of Mount Carmel churches in Shenandoah, and Saint Mary Magdalen church in Lost Creek. He has been a priest for 28 years.

According to the diocese, Monsignor Flanagan will be going to a treatment facility outside the diocese and is not allowed to function as a priest.

Similar measures are being taken with 74-year-old Father Andrew Ulincy, a priest for 44 years. He has been a priest in Reading since 1997. Before that he served at Marian High School in Tamaqua, and at parishes in Jim Thorpe, Mahanoy City, Frackville, and Lansford.

The alleged incidents happened in the 1980s though diocese officials did not say in which parishes the abuse happened.

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