Schenectady Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

August 13, 2011

SCHENECTADY, NY (WTEN) -A retired priest is put on administrative leave as the church investigates an allegation for sexual abuse.

Bishop Howard J. Hubbard announced on Saturday that Rev. Carl Urban will be suspended from the church until furthur notice.

The allegations, which Father Urban strongly denies, dates back more than 20-years ago.

Father Urban, 72, retired in January as pastor of the Church of St. Adalbert in Schenectady.

While on administrative leave he is prohibited from acting as a priest, celebrating the Mass or other sacraments publicly or wear clerical garb.

The action taken today by Bishop Hubbard is consistent with Diocesan policy and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The Albany Diocese urges anyone who as a child was sexually abused by a Catholic priest or deacon to report the matter to a law enforcement agency or to the Diocese.The Diocese investigates all allegations of sexual abuse by clergy.

To report an incident of abuse or to seek help, please contact the Diocese's assistance coordinator, Theresa F. Rodrigues, at (518) 453-6646 or by e-mail at

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