Endowment at Utah Catholic Parish Still Has the Name of a Priest ‘credibly’ Accused of Sexual Misconduct
By Peggy Fletcher Stack
Salt Lake Tribune
March 6, 2019
A long-standing, permanent endowment for a Utah Catholic parish still carries the name of a priest who left the state after he was “credibly” accused in 2002 of sexual misconduct with a minor.
The priest, Monsignor George Davich, was ordained at the Cathedral of the Madeleine on May 12, 1962, and served for years in various congregations, including St. Vincent de Paul Parish and School in Holladay.
In 2001, Davich gave seed money to establish the Davich Family Facilities Fund, explained the Rev. John Norman, St. Vincent de Paul’s current pastor.
A year later, Davich was “accused of sleeping in bed with a minor between 1979 and 1985,” according to a December 2018 release from the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City. It was reported to the diocese and police in 2002. He retired without faculties that year, and the Vatican ordered him to spend his life in prayer and penance.
“Without faculties” means he could not engage in public ministry, present himself as a priest in good standing or perform church ceremonies.