PITTSBURGH, PA

Priest placed on leave due to allegation

Friday, April 12, 2019 - Updated: 12:35 pm

Bishop David Zubik has placed Father Thomas Wilson on administrative leave following an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a minor that did not involve sexual contact.

Father Wilson, 74, who has been serving as senior parochial vicar of St. Victor Parish in Bairdford and Transfiguration Parish in Russellton, has admitted to the allegation, which has been reported to law enforcement. This is the first allegation the diocese has ever received against Father Wilson.

The allegation dates to a time before Father Wilson was ordained a priest and was serving as a seminarian at St. Mary of the Mount Parish in Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood. While the allegation does not involve sexual contact, it is a violation of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”

Father Wilson may not engage in public ministry, dress as a priest or otherwise present himself as a priest in good standing. Because Father Wilson has admitted to the actions alleged, the ministry restrictions placed on him are permanent.

Bishop Zubik urged anyone who has been harmed by someone representing the church to contact the diocesan assistance coordinator at 1-888-808-1235 or the state abuse hotline at 1-800-932-0313.


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