Retired Priest Accused of Past Sexual Abuse
By Emily Haavik
October 7, 2013
[PRIEST ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR - Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth]
A local retired priest has been removed from public ministry after a sexual abuse accusation, according to the Duluth Diocese.
The Diocese announced Sunday that the retired priest has been accused in the sexual abuse of a minor. They said he worked for 56 years at many parishes, including in Duluth and on the Iron Range.
The alleged abuse happened at least 27 years ago, but the Diocese said the accusation is recent.
The priest has been retired since 2012, but when the accusation was made recently, the Diocese reports that he was immediately removed from any public ministry. They said he will no longer be allowed to function as a priest in his retirement.