Priest Named by Del. Diocese As Suspected Pedophile Objects to Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan

By Randall Chase
The Republic
July 5, 2011

A priest identified by the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington as a suspected child abuser is objecting to the diocese's bankruptcy reorganization plan.

The plan, to be considered at a hearing Friday, requires church officials to release internal documents, including personnel files of accused abusers, detailing how the diocese handled pedophile priests.

But Charles Wiggins argues that public disclosure of such information would violate his right to privacy.

Wiggins was removed from active ministry in 2003 after allegations of improper conduct with children, which he claims involved foot massages. But the diocese included him in a 2006 list of 20 diocesan priests with credible or substantiated complaints of child sexual abuse.

Wiggins denies being an abuser and says church officials in Rome have directed that he be reinstated to active ministry.


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