Priest Who Served on First Coast Accused of Abuse; His Jesuit Order Is Investigating. The Man Worked in St. Augustine and Arlington

By Jeff Brumley
The Florida Times Union
January 25, 2006

A Catholic religious order in New York is investigating allegations of child abuse against a Jesuit priest who served in Jacksonville and St. Augustine parishes between 1981 and 2005, a spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine said Tuesday.

The Rev. Cornelius "Neil" Carr, 85, served as a summer substitute priest at the Cathedral-Basilica in St. Augustine "for about one month per summer, off and on, from the years of 1981 through 1997," said Kathleen Bagg-Morgan, director of communications for the Jacksonville-based diocese.

He also served at Christ the King Parish in Arlington from September 1993 to September 1994, and again as its assistant pastor from August 2001 to July 2005, Bagg-Morgan said.

"He was not assigned to any of the schools" at the parishes, Bagg-Morgan said. "He was just a parish priest in both these parishes."

Reading from a notice the diocese sent the two parishes recently and subsequently published in their church bulletins, Bagg-Morgan said "allegations concerning child abuse have been made" against Carr and are being investigated by the priest's religious order, the New York Province of the Society of Jesus.

Bagg-Morgan said Carr is no longer in the diocese. She said he is in New York with his order.

Priests who belong to religious orders like the Jesuits often serve in local dioceses with the permission of their bishops. …












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