Thursday, October 29, 2009

Priest removed from St. Jude faced sexual misconduct allegations in '90s

The Albany priest removed from St. Jude Apostle Catholic Church last week faced similar allegations of sexual misconduct during the 1990s, according to a diocesan spokesperson.

Father Salvatore Rodino was placed on paid administrative leave from the Albany Diocese last week after an investigation into sexual abuse allegations emerged over the summer.

That abuse incident reportedly occurred in the mid-1980s while Rodino served at the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Albany.

The diocese also got a complaint against Rodino in the 1990s, according to the diocese, but spokesperson Ken Goldfarb said there wasn't enough evidence at that time to remove Rodino.

On paid administrative leave, Rodino is banned from giving mass, living in diocesan property or even wearing his priestly garb in public.

At a meeting at St. Jude sponsored by the Albany Diocese Tuesday night, supporters of Father Rodino said the church criticized the diocese's investigation process.

Mark Lyman, a victims advocate, said he's encouraging any other potential victims to come forward.

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