Notice of Priest Placed on Administrative Leave

Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
September 9, 2011

[Rev Matthew A. Ischay]

The Reverend Mathew Ischay, 62, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, has been placed on administrative leave as the result of a court complaint alleging that misconduct with a minor occurred in the late 1970ís.

Father Ischay is a Parochial Vicar at St. Paul Parish in Akron. Previously, he served as pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish from October of 1987 until it closed in April of 2010. While on administrative leave, Father Ischay will not be permitted to engage in any form of priestly ministry, wear clerical attire, or reside on parish property.

The allegation of molestation came to light recently, as the result of a civil suit filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court. In accordance with Diocesan policy, once the matter became known, it was reported to the appropriate civil authorities and to the independent Diocesan Review Board.

The Review Board recommended that it would be prudent to place Fr. Ischay on administrative leave while it monitors an investigation to discover whether the reported molestation has at least a semblance of truth or is credible. The Board emphasized that its recommendation is not based upon any determination for or against the veracity of the complaint; at this time no such determination has been made.

The Diocese of Cleveland continues to be wholly committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. We are deeply sorry for the pain suffered by survivors of abuse due to actions of some members of the clergy, as nothing is more important than protecting children.

Any person with information, or just seeking help, can reach the Diocesan confidential response line by phone at 216-334-2999 or online at


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