Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Archdiocese suspends priest after sexual misconduct allegations

The Archdiocese of Boston said today that it's suspending a priest from performing any public ministry after receiving allegations against him of adult sexual misconduct.

The Reverend Pedro Jose Damazio has been serving as parochial vicar of St. Anthony of Padua in Cambridge and has been serving the Brazilian community throughout the archdiocese.

The archdiocese said it was "cooperating fully" with a law enforcement probe into the matter and had also notified Reverend Damazio’s home diocese in Brazil.

The suspension prohibits Damazio from acting as a priest in any public setting, such as a public celebration of Mass.

The decision "represents the Archdiocese’s commitment to the safety of all parties and does not represent a determination of Fr. Damazio’s guilt or innocence as it pertains to these allegations," the archdiocese said in a statement.

The suspension of Damazio's "faculties" will remain in place until an investigation is complete.
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