A priest at an LGBT-affirming parish in New York has been suspended after he asked another potential seminarian to lie to Church leadership about his sexuality.
According to Life Site News, Father John Duffell has been found guilty of the canonical crime of sexual misconduct. The suspension is indefinite.
In a letter to parishioners of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Cardinal Timothy Dolan called the news “unpleasant and somber.”
“The allegation was made first to the District Attorney, and then brought to our attention,” Dolan said. “This allegation involves an adult; it does not involve a minor. It is important that the archdiocese take such allegations seriously.”
Duffell had retired but in October 2018, he was reappointed by the archdiocese for a one-year post as Blessed Sacrament’s administrator.
Duffell is 75 and was ordained in 1969. He said the allegation was untrue and “nothing more” than an accusation that he broke his vow of celibacy.
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Source: Christian Headlines