Friday, July 05, 2002

Three more priests on leave

The Associated Press

        CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Catholic Diocese placed three priests on administrative leave Thursday as the result of allegations of misconduct with minors.

        The diocese now has 15 priests on administrative leave because of child abuse allega tions.

        Placed on leave Thursday were the Rev. James Viall, 73, pastor at St. Rose in Cleveland; the Rev. John Mueller, 69, pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Wooster, and the Rev. Daniel McBride, 75, retired from St. Barnabas in Northfield.

        No one could be reached for comment at those churches.

        The diocese reported each allegation to civil authorities. Each priest was asked to remove himself from his church residence and will not be permitted to perform public acts of ministry, according to a statement from the diocese.


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