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Priest accused of abuse in US remains in ministry in Philippines

CWN - August 30, 2010

A priest credibly accused of abusing a minor in a Kansas diocese remains in active ministry in the Philippines, according to press reports.

In May, the Diocese of Dodge City announced that Father Orestes Huerta had been credibly accused of sexual abuse. Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista of Boac says he will not remove the priest from ministry “based on hazy and unverified reports from the Internet.” Father Huerta is currently not assigned to a parish, but works in the chancery office.

In its coverage of the story, the Lawrence Journal World inaccurately described Teresa Kettelkamp as “director of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.” In reality, she is executive director of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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