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SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, July 2, 2010

Massachusetts Priest Reinstated After Being Put On Leave; SNAP responds

Statement by Peter Pollard, SNAP Springfield Leader, 413-247-3271

We wish the bishop would be more honest about what this priest allegedly did, so that others would better understand what kind of conduct is and isn't permissible by church staff.

We're encouraged every time it appears that church officials take their own abuse policies seriously.

David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director, 314 566 9790
Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314 862 7688
Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, 312 399 4747

Jul 2, 2010 12:47 pm US/Eastern

WMass Priest Reinstated After Being Put On Leave

MONTAGUE, Mass. (AP) ― The pastor of a western Massachusetts Roman Catholic church has been reinstated after being placed on leave during an investigation of allegations he violated the diocese's code of conduct.

The Diocese of Springfield said Friday that the Rev. Charles DiMascola (dee-mass-COLE'-uh) of Our Lady of Czestochowa (chess-tuh-KOE'-vuh) in Turners Falls may resume his duties effective immediately.

The statement said Bishop Timothy McDonnell informed DiMascola late Thursday.

The code of conduct, which all clergy, staff and volunteers must sign, outlines what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior around children and adults.

The diocese declined to specify the allegations, but said there was no accusation of sexual misconduct. It said there was no evidence of "serious impropriety" but rather a "lack of thorough compliance" with policy.

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