A priest at an Encino church was removed from the ministry on suspicion of having inappropriate conduct with multiple female parishioners – one of whom is an underage girl.
Father Juan Cano served at Our Lady of Grace from July 2015 until his removal.
“It was surprising because the father was a really good man and he treated us like anybody else. I was surprised,” parishioner Giovanni Rios said.
Rios has been attending Our Lady of Grace for about five months. He learned about the allegations during an announcement at Sunday mass.
“They did the right thing. They have to be really responsible, especially when we’re talking about kids,” Rios said.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced the move in a statement.