Rev. Paul J. Radetski of Menasha Put on Leave after Abuse Claim; Still Unknown Where Claim Originated

The Press-Gazette
November 1, 2010

MENASHA It remains unclear today where and when allegations against a Menasha priest accused of abusing a minor took place.

The Rev. Paul J. Radetski, 62, who serves as pastor of St. John's, St. Mary's and St. Patrick's parishes in Menasha, denies the allegation, according to the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. He has been removed from active ministry and placed on administrative leave.

Radetski previously served at parishes in Green Bay, Peshtigo, Little Chute and Phlox (a rural locality in Langlade County), according to online records.

The diocese office in Green Bay is closed today because it's All Saints Day.

A statement Saturday said the alleged abuse occurred many years ago in another part of the diocese. It said a temporary administrator will be appointed shortly for the three Menasha parishes. The statement did not give details of the alleged abuse.

Menasha police said they have no record of any allegations against Radetski.

Online court records show no criminal filings against Radetski.

"in accordance with our diocesan policies, we continue to cooperate fully with local law enforcement authorities. There is not to be any tolerance of sexual abuse in this diocese," Bishop David Ricken said in a separate statement.

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