Priest-administrator of Several Allegheny County Parishes Accused of Sexual Abuse
August 29, 2019
The priest-administrator of several Allegheny County parishes has been placed on administrative leave after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1990s, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced Thursday.
The Rev. Robert Cedolia, priest-administrator of the parishes of Saint Clare in Clairton, Holy Spirit in West Mifflin, Saint Thomas A’Becket in Jefferson Hills and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary in Pleasant Hills, denies the allegation, the diocese said.
The accusation, which was made to the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, alleged that Father Cedolia sexually abused a minor in the 1990s while he served as pastor of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Plum.
This is the first allegation involving Father Cedolia, who has been a priest in active ministry for 41 years, according to the diocese.