Voice of the Faithful in Rockville Centre, New York, wants Bishop William Murphy to order an accused priest’s name be removed from a parish bulletin.
Listing Placa as “in residence” implies he is a priest in good standing, charges a letter sent yesterday to the Diocese of Rockville Centre by Voice of the Faithful. The group said Murphy is not honoring his promise that no priest with a credible allegation of sexual abuse would serve in pastoral ministry.
Sean Dolan, a spokesman for Murphy, said Placa was abiding by the terms of his suspension by not celebrating Mass in public or wearing his Roman Catholic collar. “He is not presenting himself as a priest in public,” Dolan said.