Vatican promoted diplomat despite abuse charge
The Vatican promoted a US priest through its diplomatic corps despite warnings he had molested a girl in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, according to a newspaper report.
Archdiocesan spokesperson Tricia Hempel told the Dallas Morning News that the Vatican knew of the allegations against the diplomat, Monsignor Daniel Pater. Pater had acknowledged molesting the girl when he was confronted about a decade ago, she said.
"The Vatican knew the status of the case," Hempel said.
Pater had settled a lawsuit in 1995 that the woman had brought alleging he repeatedly abused her in the 1980s. The Cincinnati archdiocese had publicly reported the settlement but did not release specifics.
Pater recently resigned from his post as the church's second-highest-ranking diplomat in India.
In an interview with the newspaper from a relative's home outside Cincinnati, Pater said, "I'm very sorry for what happened. I can't do anything about that now. I don't want to keep anybody in any discomfort or embarrassment."
Pater remains a priest in good standing in the Cincinnati archdiocese, Hempel said. His eligibility for ministry will be decided later this year by a local review board and Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, she said.
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
2 Sep 2003