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Pa. diocese alerts public to dead priest’s abuse

Published: Tue, April 9, 2013 @ 8:42 a.m.

Pa. diocese alerts public to dead priest’s abuse

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has alerted parishioners in one suburban parish of sex abuse allegations against a now-dead priest.

The diocese says the letter was sent to members of St. James Church in Wilkinsburg, and involved an allegation church officials received from the brother of a man — who is also now dead — that he was abused by the Rev. John Wellinger.

Wellinger was the assistant pastor of the church from 1981 to 1985 when the alleged abuse took place. The diocese is alerting parishioners so that anyone who may have also been abused by Wellinger at that parish, or others he served at in the diocese, can receive counseling and other help from the diocese.

Wellinger was part of a $1.25 million settlement involving 32 victims that the diocese announced in 2007.


1JudyJones(157 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or may have been harmed by Wellinger, will find the courage and strength to come forward and contact law enforcement ( not the church officials) no matter how long ago the abuse happened..

Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Child sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day,
Judy Jones, SNAP "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" 636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com

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