Retired Priest Placed on Adminstrative Leave

Fox 23
August 14, 2011

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany today announced that Bishop Howard J. Hubbard has placed a retired priest on administrative leave as it investigates a recent allegation concerning the sexual abuse of a minor dating back more than 20 years.

The matter involves the Rev. Carl Urban who retired in January as pastor of the Church of St. Adalbert in Schenectady.

The Diocese says Father Urban denies the allegation strongly.

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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