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    Priest Suspended for Sexual Misconduct and Telling a Potential Seminarian to Lie about His Sexuality

    Updated: July 10, 2019 at 1:35 pm EST  See Comments

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    Priest Suspended for Sexual Misconduct and Telling a Potential Seminarian to Lie about His Sexuality

    A priest at an LGBT-affirming parish in New York has been suspended after he asked another potential seminarian to lie to Church leadership about his sexuality.

    According to Life Site News, Father John Duffell has been found guilty of the canonical crime of sexual misconduct. The suspension is indefinite.

    In a letter to parishioners of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Cardinal Timothy Dolan called the news “unpleasant and somber.”

    “The allegation was made first to the District Attorney, and then brought to our attention,” Dolan said. “This allegation involves an adult; it does not involve a minor. It is important that the archdiocese take such allegations seriously.”

    Duffell had retired but in October 2018, he was reappointed by the archdiocese for a one-year post as Blessed Sacrament’s administrator.

    Duffell is 75 and was ordained in 1969. He said the allegation was untrue and “nothing more” than an accusation that he broke his vow of celibacy.

    “Many years ago there was an allegation of sexual impropriety with an adult which I categorically denied because it was not true,” Duffell wrote in a letter to family and friends “Those files were subpoenaed from the Archdiocese by the Manhattan District Attorney.”

    In the past, Duffell has been an advocate for LGBT affirmation in churches.

    In 2011, he said at a conference on sexual diversity and the Catholic Church that “the Church is perhaps the

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