Cleveland Diocese Places 3 Priests On Leave

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Catholic Diocese placed three priests on administrative leave Thursday as the result of allegations of misconduct with minors.

The diocese now has 15 priests on administrative leave because of child abuse allegations.

Placed on leave Thursday were the Rev. James Viall, 73, pastor at St. Rose in Cleveland; the Rev. John Mueller, 69, pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Wooster; and the Rev. Daniel McBride, 75, retired from St. Barnabas in Northfield.

No one could be reached for comment at those churches.

The diocese reported each allegation to civil authorities. Each priest was asked to remove himself from his church residence and will not be permitted to perform public acts of ministry, according to a statement from the diocese.

Bishop Anthony Pilla has said that many of the 12 priests placed on administrative leave in the last few months will be removed permanently from the ministry.

The Cleveland diocese has 235 parishes with more than 800,000 Catholics in Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne counties.

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