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Calvary pastor resigns after molestation allegations probed

Pa­rish­ion­ers of Our Lady of Cal­vary Ro­man Cath­ol­ic Church in the Far North­east were in­formed at Masses today that their pas­tor, the Rev. John Paul, had resigned the post he had held for 13 years. Earli­er last week, an an­nounce­ment of the priest’s de­cision to leave, fol­low­ing al­leg­a­tions of sexu­al ab­use of a minor 45 years ago, was pos­ted on the par­ish school’s web­site. (See ht­tp://user­web.nni.com/OLC/ and click on “notes from the prin­cip­al” on the left.)

Ac­cord­ing to the school’s post­ing, al­leg­a­tions were made earli­er this year and were re­por­ted to au­thor­it­ies, who in­vest­ig­ated and de­clined to pro­sec­ute the priest.

The web­site didn’t spe­cify what the al­leg­a­tions were oth­er than they in­volved sexu­al ab­use of minors.

“We don’t com­ment on cases un­less charges are filed,” said Tasha Jamer­son, the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s spokes­wo­man. That be­ing said, she ad­ded, giv­en that the al­leg­a­tions are 45 years old, the DA wouldn’t have been able to pro­sec­ute any­way be­cause the stat­ute of lim­it­a­tions would have run out.

The school web­site post­ing in­cluded the com­ment that the al­leg­a­tions against Paul did not in­volve any­body in Our Lady of Cal­vary par­ish “45 years ago or since.”

The post­ing stated Paul vol­un­tar­ily resigned as pas­tor “so the best in­terest of the par­ish could be served.”

The arch­diocese ap­poin­ted “Fath­er John Babowitch as our new pas­tor, and he will be ar­riv­ing on Dec. 2,” the post­ing con­cluded. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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