June 29, 2004

Altoona-Johnstown Diocese Dismisses Two More Priests

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. - The Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese has removed two more priests accused of sexual abuse, a diocesan publication reported. Bernard V. Grattan, who was transferred from hospital ministry in Johnstown to medical leave status, was dismissed from the priesthood, according to the June 28 edition of The Catholic Register. Martin D. McCamley, who was suspended from all priestly duties last year, retired without any rights to present himself as a priest, the publication said. The two priests had been named in 13 lawsuits alleging sex abuse. The diocese recently agreed to a $3.7-million settlement of those lawsuits, doubling payments in such cases since 1994 to nearly $7 million. Posted by Editor at June 29, 2004 09:09 AM

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