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A New York City priest and longtime advocate of the LGBTQ community announced his retirement Sunday following a claim of sexual misconduct.
Rev. John Duffell, 75, who was pastor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was suspended from exercising his priestly duties following a letter written by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
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“The allegation was made first to the [Manhattan] District Attorney, and then brought to our attention. This allegation involves an adult; it does not involve a minor. It is important that the archdiocese take such allegations seriously,” Dolan wrote in the letter, which was sent to parishioners on July 1.
“Father Duffell has been directed not to publicly exercise his priestly ministry due to an allegation from the past that he abused his position of authority in a violation of his promise of celibacy,” he concluded.
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Before announcing his decision to retire, Duffell wrote a letter to friends and family last week following a meeting at the Archdiocesan Chancery Office on Monday where he was suspended.
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