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Retired Our Lady of Sorrows Priest Faces Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The Archdiocese of Detroit in a statement said the Rev. Loren O'Dea is on administrative leave and restricted from public duty.

Members of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic church are tonight absorbing the news that the Rev. Loren O'Dea, a retired priest from that parish, is facing allegations of sexual misconduct with two young boys, prior to his ordination in 1993. 

In a statement released today, the Archdiocese of Detroit said O'Dea, 83, "has been placed on an administrative leave of absence and restricted from any public ministry."

The statement indicates the decision was made after the allegations were deemed "substantive". Information about the allegations, which came to light over the past several weeks, has been turned over to authorities, the statement read. 

WXYZ-TV reports that the incidents apparently did not involve anyone from the Our Lady of Sorrows parish. 

O'Dea began serving at Our Lady of Sorrows in 1993 as an associate pastor and has been retired since 1997. 

Complaints involving sexual abuse of minors by clergy or church personnel should be directed to the Diocese Victim Assistance Coordinator, 866-343-8055.

Judy Jones October 09, 2012 at 01:02 AM
It takes a lot of courage to come forward about being sexually abused as a child, but let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or may have been harmed by Fr Loren O'Dea, will find the courage and strength to speak up, and contact police, not the church officials. Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com, (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,)

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