Greater than a yr after a New York Metropolis priest was accused of sexually abusing a minor, the Brooklyn Diocese has eliminated the 86-year-old from its ministry.
The removing of Rev. Peter Mahoney on Monday comes after the Diocesan Evaluation Board, a panel of impartial investigators, discovered intercourse abuse allegations in opposition to him to be credible. The alleged abuse came about between 1975 and 1978 whereas Mahoney was serving at St. Martin of Excursions in Brooklyn but it surely solely got here to mild in October 2020.
His title will now be added to the Brooklyn Diocese’s list of credibly accused priests, officers stated.
Mahoney had been ministering part-time to the Hispanic group at Saint Anne Catholic Church in Flushing, Queens, and St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Jamaica, Queens, previous to his removing, the Diocese stated in a press release.
“It should be understood that such action by the Diocese is not to be interpreted as a judgment of the guilt of the priest. However, it is recognition of the possibility that wrongdoing may have taken place, and therefore, out of concern for the safety of the faithful, it was determined necessary to remove the priest from ministry,” the assertion continued.
Below New York state’s Youngster Victims Act, one other sufferer additionally accused Mahoney of abuse. The lawsuit was filed in April 2021.