Catholic Church to move US priest over sex scandal

Manila,Philippines –Leaders of the Catholic Church have decided to relocate an American priest after having found out that he was convicted of sexual misconduct when he was a seminarian in Detroit,Michigan in 1988.

Father Joseph Skelton is to be moved from his ministry in Central Tagbilaran city, to a still undisclosed place, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference said Monday.

“The CBCP will issue an official statement on the matter within the next few days,” a spokesman for the conference who did not want to be named, told the AFP.

The website story on the website said the bishops only found out in November that Skelton was convicted of sexual misconduct when he was a seminarian in Detroit, Michigan, in 1988.

“Had I known of his conviction, I would not have ordained him,” the website quoted Tagbilaran’s former bishop, Leopoldo Tumulak, as saying.

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