Friday, December 13, 2002

Former Lexington bishop moving to new Ky. location

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - Bishop J. Kendrick Williams, who resigned in June as head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington amid sexual-abuse allegations, is moving to an undisclosed Kentucky town, officials said Wednesday.

Bishop Williams, the only bishop of the diocese since it was created in 1988, is now a private citizen. But since his resignation, he has remained in the Georgetown home owned by the diocese and designated for the bishop.

Tom Shaughnessy, spokesman for the Lexington diocese, said Bishop Williams was moving to a county within the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Bishop Williams denied three allegations of sexual abuse that date to his years as a priest in the Louisville archdiocese. As a result, he is refraining from an active public ministry, Mr. Shaughnessy said.

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