A Catholic parish priest has been forced to stop saying mass at a Melbourne primary school after the parent backlash received over sexual abuse allegations levelled at the man.
Dozens of parents would not allow their children to attend a school mass at St John Vianney primary school in Parkdale, earlier this month in response to the allegations.
A Catholic Church investigation last year found that the parish priest, Father John Walshe, had sexually abused an 18-year-old trainee priest in 1982. According to the ABC, these revelations have prompted parents to voice their lost faith in the parish priest and restrict the involvement of their children with him.
Father Walshe denies he abused the seminarian, saying their relationship was consensual.
The principal informed parents in the school newsletter this week, that Father Walshe would not be celebrating the fortnightly mass with school students for the present time and that an associate priest would be performing the role.
“I would like all families to be aware that Fr [Ramsay] Williams, associate priest has been deputed by Fr Walshe to celebrate school masses for the present,” the newsletter said.
Father Walshe has not provided a comment surrounding these arrangements.
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