New accusations arise against Buffalo area priest

New accusations arise against Buffalo area priest
Pittsburgh diocese place priest on administrative leave due to allegation of sexual abuse of a minor
PROSPECT, Pa. (KDKA) — Father Joseph Feltz, 65, recently served as pastor of Saint Christopher Parish in Prospect, Butler County.

He remains on administrative leave after allegations in a lawsuit claim he sexually abused a minor in the mid-’80s.

“Faithful Catholics have been thrown to the lions for several thousand years now,” parishioner Bill Adams said.

Hopefully anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Father Joseph Feltz will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened. Keep in mind that silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Pittsburgh Diocese puts priest on administrative leave following sex abuse allegation

“There have been so many allegations that have been so profitable for so many people that it’s really hard to take them seriously,” he said.

A letter from Zubik will be read this weekend at all parishes where Feltz has served. The Diocese says the letter “explains that the Diocese of Pittsburgh will follow its policies and those of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”

Local Priest Placed on Administrative Leave

According to the complaint, a 48-year-old man says he was a 9- or 10-year-old altar boy when he was repeatedly abused by a group of priests, including Feltz.

If a determination is made that [Feltz] did what he is accused of, those restrictions will become permanent. If it is determined that the allegation is unfounded, all that is possible will be done to restore [his] reputation and return him to ministry, Zubik says in the letter.

Pittsburgh Diocese places priest on administrative leave due to allegation of sexual abuse of minor

“Child predators are very clever. They’re very patient. They know how to groom their victims [and] also the families and parishioners, so they can continue to sexually abuse kids. It’s extremely rare that there are false accusations,” she said.

Feltz most recently served as pastor of Saint Christopher Parish in Prospect, Butler County. The Diocese says he retired from Saint Christopher Parish in October, but he remained in active ministry.

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“Bishop Zubik should go to these parishes and visit with them and urge anyone to come forward if they have any knowledge or have been harmed by this priest to come forward and contact law enforcement,” Jones said.

Meanwhile, priests on administrative leave cannot dress as or present themselves as priests and are barred from engaging in public ministry.

Feltz retired back in October. If an investigation finds the allegations are unsubstantiated, he could be restored to the ministry.

According to the complaint, the alleged abuse happened when the victim was between the ages of 12 and 18 and attended church at St. Michael’s in Elizabeth, Pa.

Victims of clergy sex abuse are urged to contact the Diocesan Assistance Coordinator at 1-888-808-1235 or the Pennsylvania state abuse hotline at 1-800-932-0313.

Father Joseph Feltz, 65, was placed on leave by Bishop David Zubik after allegations that the pastor of Saint Christopher Parish in Prospect sexually abused a minor during the mid-1980s. The allegations were stated in a lawsuit against the state’s diocese and were reported to police. Feltz has denied the allegation.

The priest is accused of sexually abusing a minor in the mid-1980s. The Diocese says the allegation was made in a recent lawsuit against the diocese and the allegation has been reported to law enforcement officials.

Feltz will not be allowed to engage in public ministry, dress as a priest or otherwise present himself as a priest in good standing.

The allegation will be investigated. If it is deemed unsubstantiated, Feltzs faculties for ministry will be restored.

A letter from Zubik will be read this weekend at all parishes where Feltz has served. The Diocese says the letter explains that the Diocese of Pittsburgh will follow its policies and those of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh officials placed a Prospect parish leader on administrative leave following an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.

If a determination is made that [Feltz] did what he is accused of, those restrictions will become permanent,” Zubik wrote in the letter. If it is determined that the allegation is unfounded, all that is possible will be done to restore [his] reputation and return him to ministry.”

Reports of Feltz being placed on leave come as the church faces increased scrutiny over its handling of rampant child sex abuse dating back decades. As Breitbart News previously reported, at least 1,000 children were determined to have been sexually abused by over 300 Roman Catholic priests across six Pennsylvania dioceses. Moreover, top church officials were found to have taken measures to cover up the abuse, said a grand jury report released in August.

Zubik also stressed that removing a priest from ministry while an investigation takes place “does not imply guilt.”

The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement upon the report’s release, noting that the documents, from the dioceses own Secret Archives, formed the backbone of this investigation.


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