Cleansing Fire

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Possible Priest Suspension?

December 11th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

We have just been informed that a Diocese of Rochester priest in Auburn may have been suspended by the diocese for an allegation of sex abuse that took place in the 1970s. If you have any information about this, please do not hesitate to contact us at: .

We want facts, not hearsay on matters as serious as this, so please provide documentation (bulletin insert, recording from Sunday’s Mass at this parish, etc.). This is all we will print on this story until we have confirmation. It is our policy to keep confidential those who contact us with tips, so do not be afraid to volunteer what you know.

We have received at least 30 searches for this priest’s name on the site before this post appeared, so it appears this story has merit, and that is why I have chosen to print this much as of now. Stay tuned for updates.



16 Responses to “Possible Priest Suspension?”

  1. Dr. K says:

    If you have information, e-mail us. Do not post it here. Thank you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully when you guys do find out, you won’t keep it from us. The Catholic Church is notorious for its abuse cover-ups.

  3. Therese says:

    Anon 10:37,

    The Church is not responsible for the cover-ups. Members of its administration are. The Church as an institution is infallible, but that does not make the individuals such.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Amazing…..Isn’t Fr. Dennis Shaw the outspoken priest that this website and its’ constituents have routinely criticized? The same priest who supports universal health care? Like the majority of Americans? And the priest who is unafraid to relate and comment on current issues affecting his church family, including the role of women in the church, the inclusion of all people regardless of their sexual-preference….And now…he’s been accused of “inappropriate” behavior? How convenient for his enemies!!! A way to make this priest “go away”…..And of course, there are no details provided to members of the parish, the ones most affected by the loss of its’ leader..Father Dennis is a beloved Priest, friend, leader for many. Again, I am saddended and disappointed by my Chruch and the politics involved. Where’s the LOVE?

  5. Matt says:

    Hey anon, who mentioned Fr Shaw?

  6. Dr. K says:

    And now…he’s been accused of “inappropriate” behavior? How convenient for his enemies!!! A way to make this priest “go away”

    Are you suggesting conspiracy theories, because I would highly doubt that. Traditional priests have been accused of sexual abuse too. It just seems that its far more common for the progressive brand, who are in favor of sexual freedom, to receive the majority of the accusations.

    And please, don’t go throwing names around until we have concrete proof that the diocese has suspended a priest. I will not confirm or deny if that was the priest in question until something official is released or some documentation can be obtained.

    Lastly, should Fr. Shaw be the one suspended, he would deserve our prayers and support as would any other priest in that situation. Christian love demands it. The same for any alleged victim(s).

  7. Chris says:

    Deb Housel, the administrator of OLA, OLPH, St. Michael, St. Andrew, and Annunciation, read a statement from the Bishop at this morning’s biligual Mass at OLA. It stated that Fr. Dennis Shaw is being suspended due to credible sexual abuse allegations from the 70’s.

    Apparently Fr. Shaw had served at one of these parishes for a brief period and that’s why the announcement was made.

    We were asked to pray for Fr. Shaw and all victims of abuse.

  8. Dr. K says:

    I believe that Fr. Shaw served at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Francis Xavier, if not others as well.

    We definitely need to pray for those involved.

  9. Anonymous says:

    So Upset at the acccusations I do not believe them one bit. I grew up with father Dennis being our family priest. He baptized me first communion and confirmation. I even had private studies with him about the bible I was an alter server with him in my younger days and never did he get inappropriate. And I sure spent a lot of time alone with him and never did I feel uncomfortable. Shame on those who want 2 blur his name. Father Dennis im with you!! Ill be praying for you. I stand 100% behind you. I know its not true. Im so shocked.

  10. A Sister of Christ says:

    Fr. Dennis was my inspiration to reingnite the fire of the Holy Spirit in me that had been hidden for many years. He was and will remain the most gifted homolist I have ever had the privledge to experience. His reverance and respect for the Eucharist and the Word help make my faith experience “interactive” and deepened my personal relationship with Christ. He never denied his humanity. His bible studies made the Word clear and relevant in my life. My family and I love him like a brother and respect him as a teacher and representative of Christ among us!! God Bless you Fr. Dennis and the souls who chose to do this as well!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    homolist? alter? privledge? OYE, not only are they bad at theology, the heterodox can’t spell!

  12. Louis E. says:

    Anonymous of 12:00,
    “Inclusion of people regardless of their sexual preference” is one thing,Treating all forms of sexual relationship as if they ewre equally valid is another thing entirely.Fr. Shaw was an alcoholic by his own admission,I doubt he would ever have turned an alcoholic away…but does that mean he regarded drunkenness as sinless?
    I hope it will be revealed whether the minor was male or female,as this may have bearing on Fr Shaw’s other statements.

  13. Matt says:

    no guarantee it was a minor, is there?

  14. A Sister of Christ says:

    To Annonymous 12/12 9:56pm; I didn’t realize that my faith is being judged by my spelling errors. God Bless you for your extensive vocabulary and use of “spell check”. Is your ridicule a judgement of my ignorance or my faith in Jesus and Fr. Shaw’s ability to encourage me to follow the Lord and reinforce the integration of Faith and Love in my life?

    We are all sinners and He died for our sins! The path He detailed for us in scripture comes alive when it is presented in real terms. Fr. Shaw helped do that for me. The celebration of the Eucharist is my way of experience Jesus and my brothers and sisters in Him!! Fr. Shaw clarified that connection for me. My prayer life is important to me. I will pray for Fr. Shaw and his alleged victim. Only God can resolve this and forgive us all!!

  15. Gen says:

    Come now – no one’s judging your faith, just your typing ability. Rest assured, I know from personal experience that spell-check doesn’t catch most of the Catholic words I use on a daily basis.

  16. Dr. K says:

    I hope it will be revealed whether the minor was male or female,as this may have bearing on Fr Shaw’s other statements.


    no guarantee it was a minor, is there?

    It was indeed a minor, meaning a person under age 18. That is what the diocese said in their press release. Someone said it was a teenage male, but I wouldn’t put stock in gossip until more information is made available by the diocese.

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