Sunday, June 26, 2011

Shock Wave: Diocese in Arizona suspends ex-TV priest who was at 'apparition' church for alleged misconduct


One of the Valley’s most prominent priests, the Rev. John D. “Jack” Spaulding, pastor of St. Timothy’s Catholic Community in Mesa, was placed on administrative leave Friday after a Diocesan Review Board Thursday night determined there was a “credible” allegation of his involvement in sexual misconduct with a minor. It allegedly took place more than 25 years ago when he was pastor at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish in Scottsdale.

A diocese spokeswoman said police were notified of the allegation, but the church has no knowledge of a criminal investigation being under way.

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