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Prominent New York priest laicized for abuse

December 23, 2010

Charles Kavanagh, who once led Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in New York, supervised the famed Alfred E. Smith political dinner, and oversaw Cardinal John O’Connor’s funeral arrangements, has been laicized following an ecclesiastical trial and a series of appeals.

Cardinal Edward Egan suspended Kavanagh from ministry in 2002 after a former seminarian accused him of abuse.

“He is an innocent man, and he will never give up his fight for justice,” Kavanagh’s sister and attorney said after the decision.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 24, 2010 12:18 PM ET USA

    Who is going to keep track of this guy now?

  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Dec. 24, 2010 7:44 AM ET USA

    Wonder if he did the selecting of fellows to the seminary, and how many others of his ilk led seminaries and oversaw the selection and dismissal of the candidates for the priesthood.