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Pittsburgh diocese suspends priest accused of inappropriate contact with women

Tony LaRussa

A priest serving at parishes in Butler and Lawrence counties has been placed on administrative leave while the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh investigates allegations that he had inappropriate contact with women.

Bishop David Zubik suspended the Rev. James Young from engaging in public ministry while the investigation is being conducted, according to a letter the bishop distributed to parishioners over the weekend.

Young served at St. Ferdinand in Cranberry, St. Gregory in Zelienople and Holy Redeemer in Ellwood City, Lawrence County.

“Removing Father Young from ministry does not imply guilt,” the bishop wrote. “It it is intended to safeguard the course of justice while preserving the rights of everyone involved, including both the persons who made the allegations and the person against whom an allegation has been made.”

The information will be brought before an independent review board that will advise the bishop on whether Young is suitable for ministry.

Young’s suspension from ministry means he cannot administer the sacraments, dress in clerical attire or identify himself as a priest, according to the letter.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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