Syracuse: 57 Priests Named in Sexual Abuse

Fifty-seven priests have been named, with credible claims of child sexual abuse against them, by the Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese Monday morning.

At least eight of the priests listed have ties to the Mohawk Valley in some way.

The local priests include: Felix Colosimo, who served most recently at Our Lady of the Rosary in Utica, and has also served at St. Leo’s in Holland Patent – he was removed from ministry and has died. Robert Kloster, who has been removed from ministry. James f. Quinn has died. William Lorenz has been removed from ministry. Thomas Guyder who served locally at St. Agnes, was removed from ministry and is deceased. Chester Misercola, who was removed from the ministry. Martin Tracy, a priest in the Oriskany area during the 50s and 60s, has died. And Charles Sewall is among them, he too has passed away.

In all, 19 of the clergy members are still living, and have been removed from the church. There are 38 priests on the list that are deceased. The list includes all priests who have been found with credible allegations of child sexual abuse against them.

This all comes on the heels of the New York state attorney general launching a probe back in September into all eight dioceses in the state, seeking information about whether or not church officials knew about and covered up sexual abuse by clergy.

Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham says that the list of names was provided by district attorney office’s from all counties within the diocese, and that there are no active clergy members with a credible allegation of abuse against him.

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