Local priest put on leave by Diocese

January 24, 2016

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. -- The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown said that the Rev. Charles F. Bodziak has been placed on leave from the ministry.

Bodziak's leave is said to be a precautionary measure while the diocese re-examines an earlier allegation of sexual misconduct involving minors dating back over 30 years.

The diocese said Bodziak, 74, was ordained in 1967 and has served as a pastor of St. Michael Parish in St. Michael since 2010.

Parishoners of St. Michael were notified this weekend of Bodziak's leave from Mass.

The bishop plans to appoint a temporary administrator for the parish.

Bishop Mark Bartchak offered his prayers for all affected in this case, and he reiterated what he has

stated in the past: "Children are a precious gift from God, and the church must always take the

necessary steps to ensure their well-being."


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