Goan-origin Catholic Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Archdiocese of Vancouver
By Savio Rodrigues
December 9, 2020
Vancouver: Goan-origin priest Father Nelson Santos of the Goa Redemptorist Community who was serving as an assistant pastor at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Delta, Vancouver is not permitted to exercise any priestly ministry due to accusations of sexual misconduct.
Archbishop Michael Miller of the Archdiocese of Vancouver in a letter to the parishioners revealed, “A thorough investigation carried out by a lawyer independent of the Archdiocese confirmed that a number of the accusations of sexual misconduct by an adult against Father Nelson Santos were well-founded, along with related inappropriate behavior and comments. As a result, Father Santos is not permitted to exercise any priestly ministry in the Archdiocese, now or in the future. Should he apply for work elsewhere, the local bishop would be informed of our investigations.”
Archbishop Miller stated in his letter that Father Santos’ actions have caused harm to the whole community. “For some, they have caused deep suffering and pain. To all those who were harmed in any way, I express my deep sorrow. I pray that the good Lord will heal all those hurt by these actions.”
Father Nelson Santos was Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Chilliwack from 2012-2017.