Saturday, May 25, 2002

Ex-Elder principal relieved of duties

By Dan Horn,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A former principal of Elder High School was placed on administrative leave from his Dayton, Ohio, parish this week for undisclosed reasons.

        Officials at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati were expected to formally announce today that the Rev. Thomas Kuhn had been relieved of his duties at St. Henry's Church in Dayton.

        An archdiocese spokeswoman would not say why Father Kuhn was placed on leave, only that the suspension began on Wednesday.

        She said Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk was drafting a letter about the suspension that would be read to St. Henry's parishioners at evening Mass today and at all services Sunday.

        The letter will describe in more detail the reasons for Father Kuhn's suspension, said the spokeswoman, Tricia Hempel.

        “The intention is that the parishioners hear it first from the archbishop,” Ms. Hempel said.

        Father Kuhn served as principal at Elder from 1981 to 1988 and had taught at the school for several years before taking the top job.

        He served as pastor of a church in Centerville for 12 years before becoming pastor at St. Henry's last July.

        Father Kuhn is the third priest in the archdiocese to be placed on administrative leave or to voluntarily take one in the past few months.

        Although no reasons have been given for Father Kuhn's suspension, the other priests were relieved of their duties because of allegations of sexual misconduct.

        Father Thomas Hopp was placed on leave from Queen of Martyrs parish in Dayton. Father James Kiffmeyer took a leave from teaching at Elder because of accusations involving a former student at another school.


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