Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, permanently removed Deacon Albert Mazza from his duties at a Westchester County Catholic Church, following child sex abuse allegations that stem back years according to Eyewitness News on Sunday. Parishioners of the church were informed of the deacon's crimes and subsequent removal during Sunday Mass.
Deacon Albert Mazza had served the Holy Name of Mary Parish in Croton-on-Hudson since 1996. The Westchester deacon was removed after “substantiated and credible” sources confirmed he had sexually abused minors years ago. Law enforcement officials referred the case to the archdiocese several months prior, however criminal charges could not be filed as the statute of limitations had expired. Parishioners of the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Croton-on-Hudson were informed of Deacon Albert’s removal via letter from Cardinal Dolan, which was read at Mass on Sunday.
According to ABC News, Mazza has been on administrative duties since the child sex abuse allegations first appeared. Cardinal Dolan had stated in the letter that the Archbishop of New York has requested Pope Francis to strip the Westchester deacon of his holy orders.
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