Pastor resigns after allegation of sexual abuse of minor

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Father James Seculoff, pastor of Saint Patrick Parish in Walkerton, has resigned from the office of pastor after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor, alleged to have taken place approximately 44 years ago.

After receiving the allegation, the diocese conducted a preliminary investigation in accord with the norms of the Church and diocesan policy. The investigation revealed sufficient evidence that the abuse did occur. Bishop Rhoades sought the advice of the Diocesan Review Board which examined the evidence and advised the bishop in the assessment of the allegation as credible.

As required by Church law, the diocese has notified both civil authorities and the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The norms of the Church also require that Father Seculoff be withdrawn from the public exercise of the sacred ministry while the canonical process continues. 

If anyone has been the victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy, please contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Mary Glowaski, at 260-399-1458 or the Vicar General, Monsignor Robert Schulte, at 260-422-4611.